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NGOs in Cambodia fear NGO law proposal restricts their activities
Thursday, 25 March 2010 19:54

A proposed law regulating non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cambodia is raising concerns among advocacy and aid groups that it will be used by the government to restrict their activities in the impoverished Southeast Asian country. The Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC), an umbrella organisation representing more than 100 local and international NGOs, released a statement in December to say the time was not right for an NGO law. It was signed by some 230 NGOs. More information

 
New Code of Ethics for Chinese Communist Party Members
Thursday, 25 February 2010 12:23

The Communist Party of China announced the introduction of a new code of ethics for its members to fight corruption. It introduces 52 specific 'unacceptable practices', and is intended to give renewed drive to China's attempts to fight what appears to be rampant corruption with some sources claiming that over the past years more than US$ 50 Billion of public funds had been transferred for private benefit into foreign bank accounts. At present the new code does not appear to be available in English. The previous anti corruption legilsation is 13 years old but has largely been ineffective.

 

 

 

 
Controversial NGO Transparency Bill in preparation in Israel
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:01

An NGO transparency Bill was agreed by the Israeli Cabinet Law Committee for submission to the Knesset. If the Bill were to become law it would make it mandatory for NGOs receiving foreign funds to register with the Political Party Registrar and declare in all public appearances that they represent an organization that receives funding from such an entity.Concerns about the Bill include that it would formalise a level of reporting that is already accepted as good practice and recorded for instance in publicly accessible not for profit information systems such as GuideStar. It is also claimed that the bill was passed as part of efforts  by government to make life harder for human rights non-profit organisations that receive funds from foreign states and the European Union, as many of these organisations have exposed alleged war crimes in Gaza. More info here and here

 
Read and contribute to our new blog
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 18:21

The One World Trust just launched its new "Accountability and Governance Blog" at www.oneworldtrust.org/blog. Made for people involved in research and practice of accountability across all thematic fields, the blog aims to provide a home for interdisciplinary thoughts and discussions from a systemic, cross-sector and multi-themed perspective. First posts address current parliamentary moves on electoral reform in the UK and accountability of science in the context of climate change. 

 

By offering a common space for discussions and contributions on accountability, governance and regulation issues across sectors we want to help overcome the frequent fragmentation of the debate in the usual silos of development and humanitarian aid, corporate governance and practice, intergovernmental organisations, CSO accountability, finance, and global and national democracy. Comment is free from the start (bar obscenity and violence) and we aim to expand the range of contributors to make this place over time into a real open forum with hopefully a good measure of controversy, too. Email and RSS subscription will be available shortly. Come and visit us! 

 
New Partnership: The One World Trust teams up with Glasspockets
Friday, 05 February 2010 11:30
The One World Trust has joined forces with online philanthropy resource, Glasspockets, in its mission to bring transparency to the world of philanthropy. The creators of the project, The Foundation Centre, a leading authority on organised philanthropy in the US, aim to inspire private foundations to greater openness in their communications and increase the understanding of best practices in foundation transparency and accountability in an online world. These goals align neatly with the One World Trust’s own objective to encourage civil society organisations to demonstrate their accountability and transparency to their stakeholders, as embodied by our CSO Self-regulation portal. This new partnership will serve to strengthen both organisations' shared ambition of mainstreaming the issues of transparency and accountability in the discourse surrounding philanthropy and civil society.
 
Internship Opportunity - NGO Self-regulatory initiatives
Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:31
The One World Trust is seeking a volunteer intern to support its NGO Self-regulatory team. Visit our jobs'page for more details. Closing date is 9 am GMT on Friday 26 February 2010.
 
ICC’s Appeals Chamber unanimously reverses Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision to exclude counts of genocide in Al-Bashir’s arrest warrant
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 16:10
In its judgment of Wednesday 3rd February 2010, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unanimously reversed the 4th of March 2009 decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I. The Appeals Chamber concluded that the standard of proof required by the Pre-Trial Chamber in its decision was higher and more demanding than what Article 58 of the Rome Statute calls for. It ruled that this therefore amounted to an error of law and asked the Pre-Trial Chamber to decide anew on whether the arrest warrant against president Al-Bashir should cover the charge of genocide. More info
 
Internship Opportunity - GAR Methodology Review
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:55

The One World Trust is currently seeking a volunteer intern for its project relating to the methodology review of the Global Accountability Report. Please visit our jobs' page for more details. Closing date is 9 am GMT on Friday 26 February 2010.

 
Charity fundraising’s self-regulatory body under pressure to prove its effectiveness
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 15:33

Indicative of a trend towards increased scrutiny of self-regulatory initiatives, the pressure is mounting for the UK’s Fundraising Standards Board to prove its sustainability and effectiveness. In a year’s time, the UK Government is due to decide whether the self-regulatory system of the FRSB is to continue or to be replaced by statutory regulation. As a result difficult questions are being asked of the FRSB’s ability to hold charities to account. The Labour peer Baroness Crawley warned in the House of Lords last year that “the clock is ticking for self-regulation”. She said too few charities were signing up to the FRSB and “if the Government has to bring in a reserve power in 2011, we may well do that”. More info

Visit our Civil Society Self regulation Portal

 
Internship Opportunity - Accountability Principles for Research Organisations
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 14:45
The One World Trust is is seeking a volunteer intern for its project on the Accountability Principles for Research Organisations. Closing date: 9 am GMT Friday 19 February 2010. More info
 
Iraq Inquiry hears testimonies of Lord Goldsmith, Elizabeth Wilmshurst and Sir Michael Wood
Friday, 29 January 2010 11:30

On 26 and 27 January 2010 the Iraq inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, heard evidence by the Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2001 – 2006, Sir Michael Wood, Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Deputy Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2001 – 2003, and the Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Attorney General, June 2001 – June 2007. In statements and oral testimony the three witnesses commented on their own understanding of the legality of the use of force by the UK in Iraq, which can be accessed via the following links:

 

The diverging views on the legality of the war under international law have contributed to ongoing controversy about the accountability of decision making processes in relation to the use of force in Iraq.

 
IMF publishes staff report and first Board response for a review of its transparency policy
Friday, 22 January 2010 13:13

Following a review by the Board of Directors the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently published a report prepared by staff making significant recommendations for a review of the Fund's transparency policy. The report and background paper to the Board also quotes the One World Trust's assessment of IMF accountability. In a statement concluding the review of the Fund's Transparency Policy the Board of Directors broadly endorses a shift to what could best be termed as 'a qualified disclosure approach'. While agreeing to a headline commitment that “The Fund will strive to disclose documents and information on a timely basis unless strong and specific reasons argue against such disclosure.” The Board of Directors emphasises that "the principle [of transparency] will operate within the framework of voluntary publication".  

While the broad direction of travel towards transparency is to be welcomed, the IMF continues to lag behind good practice as the compliance rules within which the commitments stand, remain weak, and disclosure remains a matter under control of the IMF and its members. External stakeholders are not offered options to challenge decisions of non-disclosure. The published materials also continue to be contradictory and portray a very limited patron / agent understanding of accountability: despite highlighting the need and benefit of greater accountability to a wider range of stakeholders, the staff report acknowledges formal accountability duties by the IMF only towards its members, a position not challenged by the Board and Management. The interest in developing relationships with external stakeholders is in contrast framed as being about simply achieving a perception of the IMF "[...] as a legitimate and trusted institution." However, in order to be truly accountable, also external stakeholders need to have firm rights and accessible mechanisms at their disposal, including around access to information held and used by the IMF as a necessary and influential a global public institution.  

 
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