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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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On becoming a responsible great power: contextualising China’s foray into human rights and peace & security in Africa
South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
The deepening of China’s engagement with Africa has also prompted the broadening of its interests on the continent. This has resulted in China’s expansion into increasingly riskier territories, which means there is a greater...
Brexit: implications for climate change commitments
Overseas Development Institute 2016
When the UK voted to leave the EU, climate change was far from the minds of both the electorate and politicians. Climate change had scarcely featured in the referendum campaign. Yet, the UK’s decision to exit has conseque...
War and peace in the Great Lakes Region
Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town (UCT) 2016
The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a two-day policy research seminar in Cape Town, from 19 to 20 March 2016, on the theme “War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region”. The meeting ...
South Africa in Africa: the dilemmas of foreign policy and human rights
Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town (UCT) 2016
The Centre for Confl ict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) hosted two public dialogues in Cape Town, one on 11 April 2016 on “South Africa in Africa: National ...
Peri-urban water security: an agenda for water governance
Water Security in Peri-Urban South Asia 2013
Water governance needs to mainstream peri­-urban water security.  As cities grow, polic.y makers andplanners focus onmeeting the needs of  urban populations. This happens at  the expense of the peri-urban and the ru...
Accessibility, transportation cost and regional growth: a case study for Egypt
D. Elshahawany; E.A. Haddad; M.L. Lahr / Economic Research Forum, Egypt 2016
The potential ability of transport infrastructure investments to produce transport benefits depends on the travel time reductions and accessibility. In this paper, the authors use an interregional computable general equilibrium (CGE) ...
At the extremes: corruption in natural resource management revisited
A. Williams; K. Dupuy / U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre 2016
Natural resource sectors are undergoing profound changes. Resources are being extracted in more remote locations within corruption-prone developing countries than was previously the case; there is an increased proliferation of actors ...
Human rights implications of climate change mitigation actions
CDM Watch 2015
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have recognized that they should fully respect human rights in all climate-related actions, and, at the time they negotiated the 1992 UNFCCC in Rio de Janei...
India's Panda the rise and fall of Sabyasachi Panda in India's Maoist movement
J. Lea-Henry / Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, India 2016
Sabyasachi Panda is an ordinary man with a curious claim to fame. A mathematics graduate from a middling college in rural India, Panda, with his custom short haircut (combed to the side), generic reading glasses, and stock-standard mo...
Not ready, still waiting: Governments have a long way to go in preparing to address gender inequality and the SDGs
ActionAid International 2016
Governments urgently need to improve their policy readiness if they want to have any chance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on inequalities. Governments in developing countries do not yet have the laws and polici...
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