Online Publications

23 02 2006

“2005 Zogby Poll Results: Business Leader Attitudes Toward Commercial Activity, Employee Relations, and Government in Iraq”, http://www.cipe.org/regional/mena/Zogbyreport05.pdf. CIPE released the results of a business attitudes survey of Iraqi business owners and managers at a press conference held at the National Press Club. The poll, conducted by Zogby International, included interviews with more than 600 Iraqi business owners and managers spread across five cities: Baghdad, Hilla, Basra, Arbil, and Kirkuk. CIPE and Zogby produced a similar Iraqi business poll released in December 2004.

Botswana Human Development Report 2005, http://hdr.undp.org/reports/detail_reports.cfm?view=460. This report focuses on the role of science and technology in the development process. The theme is inspired both by recognition of what humanity has achieved in agriculture, manufacturing, communication, medicine etc – with the aid of science and technology and the development possibilities technology offers to Developing Nations.

Business Leadership and Democratic Development: CIPE Regional Conference for Eastern Europe and Eurasia, http://www.cipe.org/regional/nis/Ukrainreport.pdf. CIPE and its two Ukrainian partners, the Institute of Competitive Society (ICS) and the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR), sponsored “Business Leadership and Democratic Development,” a regional conference for Eastern Europe and Eurasia held in Ukraine. The conference drew 70 of CIPE’s partners from 16 Eastern European and Eurasian countries. This report is a result of this conference.

Capacity building for local NGOs: A guidance manual for good practice, http://tinyurl.com/9x86n. This comprehensive manual on capacity building for local non-governmental organizations can be used for training and development or by local NGOs as a self-help manual. Each chapter is available to download separately.

Chicago Manual of Style, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org. In 1906, the first edition of The Chicago Manual of Style was published by the University of Chicago. Over the past one hundred years, the Manual has been revised and edited fourteen times, and is now in its fifteenth edition. On this site, users may gain free access to the search tool for this latest edition. While this feature is certainly helpful, there are a number of equally useful aspects of the site. The first is the area that gives a number of examples of Chicago-style documentation, such as the humanities style and the well-known author-date system. Equally helpful is the “Q&A” section where the editors answer such timely questions as “If someone has a PhD and is a professor at a university, is their title Doctor or Professor?”

Conducting a conflict assessment : a framework for analysis and program development, http://pdf.dec.org/pdf_docs/PNADD459.pdf.

Conference Report: Regional Corporate Governance Forum, www.cipe.org/regional/mena/RCGFReport.pdf. The proceedings of a conference held by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), together with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Global Corporate Governance Forum (GCGF), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Democracy and Human Rights Assistance: OSCE ODIHR Programmes and Project Outlines, http://tinyurl.com/f953w.

Establishing Law and Order After Conflict, www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2005/RAND_MG374.pdf. Released in July 2005, this report “examines the recent attempts of the US government to build (and rebuild) nations around the world. The report looks at such recent efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with like-minded efforts in Panama, El Salvador, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and East Timor. The report utilizes data on current and past levels of political violence, crime rates, and public opinion polls to perform its analysis, and recommends that the United States devote as much attention to planning post-conflict internal security as to planning the combat phase of nation-building operations. The report also notes that there are several crucial elements to establishing security, including creating a well-trained troop and police force in order to defeat and deter insurgents.”

Exploring Religious Conflict, http://www.rand.org/publications/CF/CF211/. “Reports the result of a workshop that brought together intelligence analysts and experts on religion with the goal of providing background and a frame of reference for assessing religious motivations in international politics and discovering what causes religiously rooted violence and how states have sought to take advantage of or contain religious violence — with emphasis on radical Islam.”

Globalisation and Democracy, http://globalization.icaap.org/content/v5.1/kura.html. This paper from the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication examines the links between and impact of globalization and democratization in Nigeria. It shows that while in several instances globalization has led to the adoption of many neo-liberal economic and political policies, its impact on the country’s democratization processes has been dismal, and the country has joined the global network without adequate preparations. It argues that Nigeria has much to gain in the global network but concerted efforts must be made to transform all its civic and democratic institutions to help to sustain the current democratization as well as contain the discontents of hyper globalization.

A Guide to Civil Society Organizations working on Democratic Governance, www.undp.org/oslocentre/docs05/3665%20Booklet_heleWEB_.pdf. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Oslo Governance Centre has produced this publication as part of its work on Civil Society, empowerment, and governance. The Guide is intended for UNDP Country Offices to facilitate their outreach and collaboration with civil society organizations.

Guide to Funding Research, http://www.fundersonline.org/grantseekers/. Some useful information and practical tips on how to research independent funders, how to package your project proposal and where to find additional information, both in print and online, on foundations and corporate funders, as well as on fund-raising.

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyberdissidents, http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=15083. This handbook provides practical advice for bloggers worldwide. Topics include how to set up a blog, marketing a blog, maintaining credibility, and how to blog in countries with limited free speech without getting in trouble with the authorities. From Reporters Without Borders, an organization that “defends journalists and other media contributors and professionals who have been imprisoned or persecuted for doing their work.”

Human Development Report 2005, International cooperation at a crossroads: Aid, trade and security in an unequal world, http://hdr.undp.org/reports/global/2005/. “This year’s Human Development Report takes stock of human development, including progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Looking beyond statistics, it highlights the human costs of missed targets and broken promises. Extreme inequality between countries and within countries is identified as one of the main barriers to human development—and as a powerful brake on accelerated progress towards the MDGs.”

Improving Governance in Tanzania: The Role of Business Advocacy Coalitions, www.cipe.org/publications/education/ip/IP0504.pdf. “In 2002, CIPE began working with local business groups in Tanzania to strengthen the governance process and improve private sector participation in policymaking. CIPE aimed to invigorate business associations to conduct advocacy programs and to initiate the passage of laws that would address private sector issues. On a broader scale, CIPE aimed to institutionalize public policy advocacy within the private sector by facilitating a structural change within government institutions. At the project’s end, CIPE and its partner organizations accomplished the initial goals of institutionalizing the advocacy process and reforming the structure of government; the foundation has been laid for sustained private sector participation. However, the future of this participation and its effectiveness will depend on the ability of Tanzanian business associations to capitalize on the momentum that has been created. The advocacy process must be continued at the grassroots level. The way forward will not be easy, but it can ultimately be successful if the cooperation that has been created is sustained.”

In Larger Freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all, http://www.un.org/largerfreedom/contents.htm (HTML), http://tinyurl.com/begfm (PDF). A report of the United Nations Secretary-General. This report was published in anticipation of the Millennium Declaration 5 year review of September 2005, as a program for action. The report states that humanity will not enjoy security without development, it will not enjoy development without security, and it will not enjoy either without respect for human rights.

The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law, http://www.psljournal.com/. Edited by Dr. Jason Borenstein, this peer-reviewed journal has published pieces on gene patents, the role of medical experts in the courtroom, and the notion of truth in the law. Visitors to the site can peruse the archives of the journal, and sign up to receive updates about the journal from time to time. For those who might be interested in submitting an item to the journal, the site also contains detailed information on the particulars of this process.

Measuring Digital Opportunity, http://tinyurl.com/8sn3g. There are many different indices which rank the world’s countries according to their level of ICT penetration or their ‘e-readiness’, but there is no agreement on what indicators to include or what methodology to use. To tackle this issue, a new methodology has been released for developing a composite Digital Opportunity Index (DOI). The report finds that there is a close relationship between each country’s DOI and its gross national income per capita. However, the report shows that a number of economies such as South Korea and Taiwan are doing much better in ICTs than their incomes would suggest, while countries such as Austria and the United States have lower DOI scores than it would be expected. [Kristina’s note: while this report can be a bit daunting to read, the data presented is really quite interesting and informative.]

Millennium Development Goals: a Latin American and Caribbean perspective, http://tinyurl.com/kfjy9. This report published by the United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean compiles a wide range of information about the status of the Latin America and the Caribbean region five years after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were initiated. A key theme of this report is the question of inequality. The report examines what progress on the MDGs have been made and what still needs to be done.

Multiparty Democracy In Mozambique: strengths, weaknesses and challenges, http://www.eisa.org.za/PDF/rr14.pdf. A 2005 EISA Research Report that is “an evaluation of Mozambique’s multiparty political system. The report emphasizes issues relating to democratic consolidation in Mozambique, evaluating Mozambique’s political situation according to a number of key democracy determinants, namely: the electoral system; electoral administration; gender and democracy; and good governance.”

NGOs: the Diverse Origins, Changing Nature and Growing Internationalisation of the Species, www.chinadevelopmentbrief.com/page.asp?sec=2⊂=5&pg=0. “This essay prefaces the [China Development Brief’s] January 2005 special report, ‘200 International NGOs in China’.”

Reforming Egypt: In Search of a Strategy, http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=3718&l=1 An International Crisis Group Report. The Egyptian authorities need to recognise the necessity for fundamental political reform. The country’s first multi-candidate presidential election in September, which only confirmed the domination of President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP), was a false start but reform is coming, and Mubarak and the NDP should understand that the best thing they can do is ensure it happens smoothly and peacefully. Further reforms should aim to recast state/NDP relations and, above all, enhance parliament’s powers. As a start, Mubarak should ensure November’s legislative elections are free and fair. The U.S. and others can help by not pressing for quick, cosmetic results. In the longer term, reform is not only possible, it is inevitable, but it must be an Egyptian process to be accepted as legitimate.

Social Watch Report 2005, Roars and Whispers Gender and poverty: promises vs. action, http://tinyurl.com/ev7yb. “The Social Watch report is being released on the United Nations General Assembly’s 2005 World Summit, taking place 14 to 16 September, which will address, among other themes, the progress made so far in fulfilling the MDGs. The new study shows that the international community has largely failed to live up to the commitments it adopted five years ago to eradicate poverty and promote development, a fact that has been highlighted with increasing urgency by civil society.”

Time to Get Online – Arabic, http://www.timetogetonline.org. Kabissa’s popular online training material is now available in the Arabic lanugage and can be downloaded from their web site for free. The materials are centered around the five essential “steps to success on the Internet”. The first half of the materials is geared towards creating Internet-savvy activists. The second half will help them to become effective Internet champions, capable of leading their organizations through the challenging process of integrating the Internet into everything they do.

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