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Follow the Money: A Mechanism for Open Government System and Corruption Reduction in Gambia

By: Marr Nyang When corruption is ignored, perpetrators get richer, leaving hundreds of thousands of people hungry, ill, and insecure. This occurs when national budget and community development funds are allocated for a specific project, but only a portion is used (if ever) and the rest ends up being embezzled...

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To boost your economy, end corruption

Worldwide more than 1 trillion U.S. dollars are lost due to government corruption. That’s according to the World Bank, which reports that corrupt governments discourage foreign investment and reduce opportunities for their citizens. The report offers 10 ways to fight government corruption. While some are targeted to high-level officials, they...

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How can technology keep government transparent and fair?

Sometimes technology can feel pretty impersonal. But when it comes to combatting corruption, removing the personal element can be pretty effective. “If you take the face-to-face exchange out of the equation, by putting the case status online, for example, clerk’s opportunity to shake me down disappears,” said Alexandra Wrage,...

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Country of the Week: South Sudan

Venture to South Sudan and you will find a young, hopeful country facing a difficult path to peace, security, and stability for its people. South Sudanese greatly value heritage and tradition. As one of Africa’s most linguistically diverse countries, inhabitants speak over 60 indigenous languages. In addition, approximately 83 percent...

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Advice for Women in Tech from Leading Digital Entrepreneur Yao Huang

Meet Yao Huang, founder of The Hatchery, an organization instrumental in developing the New York technology ecosystem, and one of the top entrepreneurs in her field. She leads the enterprise incubator in innovating products with corporate partners — from ideation, development, sales and funding to exit. She’s an adviser and...

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“‘Because you are a girl’ is never a reason for anything. Ever.”

When Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from one of her friends asking how she could raise a daughter to be a feminist, she responded with a long Facebook post that is now the basis of her book “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.” As...

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