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When Did the World Bank Discover the Virtues of Good Governance and Anti-Corruption?

On March 31, 2021, PTF President’s Councillor Mr. Pierre Landell-Mills shared his reflections on the development of the World Bank's good governance and anti-corruption work. The event, entitled: “When did the World Bank discover the virtues of good governance and anti-corruption in development and what is it doing about it?"…...

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Corruption Scandals ‘Destroyed’ Public Trust in Vaccine Distribution

High-level corruption scandals around the world have exposed the actions of health ministers and high-level officials who manipulated the system to ensure close contacts receive COVID-19 vaccines out of turn. Such dealings have “destroyed” public trust in the vaccine distribution process and could hinder steps taken to move past the…...

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Civil Society Organizations Can Be a Powerful Tool in Getting People Vaccinated

As countries undertake the world’s largest vaccination drive, the innovation, expertise, and community reach of civil society organizations should be a key component. Given the unprecedented scale of this undertaking, as well as the numbers and logistics involved, this will be extremely challenging. A key but previously underutilized set of…...

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How to Monitor Procurement During a State of Emergency: 4 Lessons Learned from Argentina

As COVID-19 swept the globe, the government of Argentina responded by imposing a state of emergency, sidestepping traditional procurement safeguards in the interest of speeding up emergency response. While it was important to provide relief as quickly as possible, the state of emergency also created a series of conditions which…...

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Ensuring Good Governance in COVID-19 Vaccination

Equity, safety, coverage, transparency, accountability and control of corruption - good governance in short - are key goals in COVID-19 vaccination country programs. Governments and donors including the World Bank are taking actions to achieve these but face formidable challenges....

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In Myanmar, Ten Years of Democracy Produced Today’s Youthful Protestors and Tomorrow’s Leaders

As protesters laid siege to the US capitol last month, many wondered whether the United States’ imperfect democracy would survive. “Democracy has prevailed,” US President Joe Biden said in his inaugural address, and indeed it has for now. However, Myanmar has not been as fortunate, facing a coup on February…...

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Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination: How CSOs Can Help Make It Happen

In order to enhance the equity and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in developing countries, global leaders must enact an international initiative promoting civil society involvement and citizen engagement in vaccine distribution....

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PEACE Project in Myanmar: Lessons for CSO Capacity Building for Civic Engagement

A recently concluded project in Myanmar has demonstrated the importance of not only training civil society organizations to enhance their civic engagement capabilities, but also giving them opportunities to apply learnings to achieve the best results. Ultimately, this project was “very successful” in its efforts to “sustainably increase civic engagement…...

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Argentine CSO Demonstrates Power of Citizen Engagement in COVID-19 Response

Following several years of project design and relations building with Malawian and international organizations, PTF completed a full proposal for funding from the European Union for a procurement monitoring project: Strengthening the Capacity of CSOs to Promote Transparency and Accountability in Public Infrastructure Projects in Malawi. Funding for the project…...

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Increasing the Integrity of Public Procurement in Moldova

In September 2020, PTF, in partnership with the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS Viitorul) in Moldova embarked on a project to enhance the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and journalists to engage in informed and responsible monitoring of public procurement. The objective of this project is to…...

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