Representation en Quote of the week: Danny Sapani <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><img alt="" height="155" src="" style="float:left" title="" width="280" />“What we want to get to is a place where we look at the human and not the colour, where we are not hampered by what we see. See within. Anyone can tell that story. It may be that there is a sort of access point that makes it easier for us to tell stories either from a western perspective or with a western face, because that is what we’re used to. What we must constantly do is change the access point, in order to create a fairer world.”</em><br /><br /> - <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Danny Sapani</a>, a Ghanaian- British actor who has starred in Ultimate Force, Misfits, Hard Boiled Sweets, Singham 2 (a Tamil speaking film), Penny Dreadful, and Danny Boyle’s Trance. <br />  </p> </div></div></div> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7413 at Should CSOs Have a Seat at the Table? <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><IMG height=186 alt="" hspace=0 src="" width=280 align=left border=0>The World Bank has experimented with different approaches to including civil society organizations (CSOs) in its decision-making processes over the years. These have varied from regular policy dialogue with CSOs through the Bank – NGO Committee in the 1980s and 1990s, to establishing CSO advisory committees in several Bank units during the 2000s.&nbsp; Currently, two of these initiatives stand out: the Bank’s <A href="" target=_blank>Climate Investment Funds</A>&nbsp;have invited 19 CSO representatives (chosen competitively through online voting) to serve as ‘<U><A href="">active observers</A></U>’ on its five Committees and Sub-Committees; and the Bank’s Health Unit has established a&nbsp;<A href=",,contentMDK:22676590~menuPK:282516~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:282511,00.html" target=_blank>CSO 'consultative group'</A>&nbsp;to which it invited 18 CSO leaders to advise the Bank on its health, nutrition, and population agenda.&nbsp;</div></div></div> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 19:49:27 +0000 John Garrison 5867 at Multistakeholder Initiatives: Are they Effective? <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img height="186" alt="" hspace="0" width="280" align="left" border="0" src="/files/publicsphere/2636445742_62168e6614.jpeg" />The <a target="_blank" href="">Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI</a>), the <a target="_blank" href="">Kimberly Process</a>, and the <a target="_blank" href="">International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) </a>are just a few examples of major Multistakeholder Initiatives (MSIs). Through comprehensive deliberative processes, involving a broad set of stakeholders from governments, private sector, and civil society, MSIs form and adopt new norms, which they seek to make part of the global agenda, and implement on the ground. MSIs gained traction in the late 1990&rsquo;s, as a means of filling &ldquo;governance gaps,&rdquo; due to the failure of existing structures and processes, and as a means to solve problems through collective action. <a target="_blank" href=";pg=PA84&amp;lpg=PA84&amp;dq=Lucy+Koechlin+and+Richard+Calland&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=ARczAAYnxL&amp;sig=xjdpW25OnoIZ8nr0oDVJkIVpoHI&amp;hl=en&amp;ei=wKEkTZzIIIep8AbTq_TzAQ&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=book_result&amp;ct=result&amp;resnum=1&amp;ved=0CBMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=Lucy%20Koechlin%20and%20Richard%20Calland&amp;f=false">Lucy Koechlin and Richard Calland</a>, have identified five functions of MSIs: 1) dialogue/forum, 2) institution building, 3) rule setting, 4) rule implementation and 5) rule monitoring.</p> <p>As the use of MSIs is fairly recent, it might be too soon to question their effectiveness. However, <a target="_blank" href=";pg=PA84&amp;lpg=PA84&amp;dq=Lucy+Koechlin+and+Richard+Calland&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=ARczAAYnxL&amp;sig=xjdpW25OnoIZ8nr0oDVJkIVpoHI&amp;hl=en&amp;ei=wKEkTZzIIIep8AbTq_TzAQ&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=book_result&amp;ct=result&amp;resnum=1&amp;ved=0CBMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=Lucy%20Koechlin%20and%20Richard%20Calland&amp;f=false">Koechlin, Calland,</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">N.K. Dubash</a> have identified challenges in their analysis of the EITI and the World Commission on Dams. These challenges, involving effectiveness, legitimacy and accountability, can impede a successful outcome.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:17:02 +0000 Johanna Martinsson 5620 at Quote of the Week <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><EM><IMG height=180 alt="" hspace=0 src="" width=180 align=left border=0>"The public is organized and made effective by means of representatives who as guardians of custom, as legislators, as executives, judges, etc., care for its special interests by methods intended to regulate the conjoint actions of individuals and groups. Then and in so far as, association adds to itself political organization, and something which may be government comes into being: <STRONG>the public is a political state</STRONG>."</EM></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P class=rteright><A href="" target=_blank>John Dewey</A>&nbsp;<BR><A href="" target=_blank><EM>The Public and its Problems</EM>&nbsp;</A>(1927)</P> <P></div></div></div> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:31:02 +0000 Anne-Katrin Arnold 5339 at