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Are we heading towards more open government?
People in gap
M. Henley / Panos Pictures
Open government and open data are new areas of research, advocacy and activism that have entered the governance field alongside the more established areas of transparency and accountability. In this issue of the Institute of Development Studies’ Bulletin – an open access publication – articles review recent research which explore contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance.

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Is community-based natural resource management in Botswana viable?
R. Chevallier; R. Harvey 2016
If Botswana is to continue its success story as an African anomaly, it will have to manage its transition to a less diamond-dependent economy skilfully. Until alternative and new sources of economic growth can be found, eco-to...
White paper on China's foreign aid - highlights
United Nations Children's Fund 2011
In April 2011, the Information Office of China's State Council released the country's first White Paper on China's Foreign Aid which seeks to outline China's official aid policies, principles and practices. While noting China's positi...
2016 Aid tansparency index
Publish What You Fund 2016
2015 was an important year for international development, with governments agreeing to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next fifteen years. It was also a critical year for aid transparency. Back in 2011, le...
Conflict briefing notes: conflict briefing No.34, February 2015
Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme 2016
There was improvement in the security situation in the North East Nigeria in March because sustained attacks by the Nigerian military and the cut-of f of food sources and fuel supply have af fected the capacity of Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna ...
The implications of the Cuba-EU Agreement on Enhanced Political Dialogue and Cooperation
S. Zondi / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa 2016
On Friday, 11 March 2016, the European Union and Cuba signed a historic agreement, the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement ( PDCA), to further improve relations that have grown slowly since the start of high - level dialogue ...
The BRICS in international development: the new landscape
R. Carey; X. Li 2016
The emerging markets story, including the BRICS and beyond, has thus been a powerful catalyst for trade and investment and poverty reduction globally over this period, notably helping to boost growth in the Asian, Latin American and A...
To the ends of the earth: Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty and South Africa
E. Sidiropoulos; T. Wheeler 2016
One of the most effective global governance regimes of the post-World War II period that has received very little attention over the years is the Antarctic Treaty. Driven by Cold War pressures and a failure to regulate multiple and ov...
Resetting India’s engagement in Central Asia: from symbols to substance
B. Dave / S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies 2016
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in July 2015 to all five Central Asian Republics (CARs), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, followed by his visit to Ufa, Russia, to attend the joi...
The foreign policies of African states in the age of democracy and human rights
A.T. Hengari / South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
The establishment of the AU in 2002 created opportunities for an ambitious democracy and human rights agenda in the foreign and continental policies of African states. The Constitutive Act of the AU sets the normative basis fo...
Who drives climate-relevant policies in the Rising Powers?
H. Schmitz / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
The future of human life on our planet is influenced increasingly by what goes on in the rising powers. This report presents a political economy analysis of their policies, comparing China, India, Brazil and South Africa. The i...
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