December 2010 Archives

Loophole in Cambodian anti-graft law?

PHNOM PENH - In a report filed 13 December 2010, Reuters reporter Prak Chan Thul writes that “Cambodia has begun to enforce an anti-graft law…but some businessmen and analysts already spot loopholes that could undermine the legislation in one of Asia's most corrupt states.” The news story cites San Chey , ANSA-EAP Network Fellow for Cambodia, who believes the law has a...

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WB director speaks to civil society leaders

“There is no single ‘correct’ way of organizing governance reforms,” said World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who spoke to top business, university, and nongovernment leaders during a first-ever visit to the Philippines on 6 December 2010. In a forum organized by the Asian Institute of Management, Makati Business Club, and the Movement for Good...

Fighting corruption is everyone's business

JAKARTA – The country manager for Indonesia of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says “ civil society and media seem to be edging out the state as leaders in the fight against corruption”. In Can we stop corruption in Indonesia? , an opinion essay featured in the VOICES section of the ANSA-EAP website, Mr Ajit Joy writes that this is the “positive side”...

Raising social accountability issues in the...

MANILA -- “Open for business”. This was how Philippine President Benigno Aquino III described the Philippine mining sector in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City on 23 September 2010. Aquino said the Philippines, which has some of the largest deposits of gold, nickel, copper, and chromites in the world, aims for “responsible extraction of [its] vast...

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Anchoring social accountability training on...

BAGUIO CITY—Trainers from the Northern Luzon Coalition for Good Governance (NLCGG) in the Philippines have completed a 2-day Trainers’ Training on Social Accountability and the Local Government Code . “The basic idea of the training is to anchor social accountability initiatives on the provisions of the Code,” says Ria Toquero , who is ANSA-EAP network fellow for...

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10th Corruption Benchmarking Survey

MONGOLIA—Mongolians want stronger citizen control over government programs and offices to help check corruption in their country. This was among the key findings of the tenth semi-annual Mongolia Corruption Benchmarking Survey (CBS) carried out by The Asia Foundation’s Mongolia office and released 9 December 2010. The CBS shows that Mongolian households continue to carry the burden...

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