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YALI Voices: How can we inspire young people to use technology for promoting transparency and accountability in West Africa?

Contributed by Sedrick N’Gotta, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Côte d’Ivoire After over five years’ experience working in democracy and governance fields, particularly in citizen participation, election monitoring, and advocacy work around transparency and anti-corruption, I realized that one of the serious pitfalls regarding technology and social media was how many...

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Transparency and Good Governance: A #YALIChat with Nancy Boswell, Jessica Tillipman and Ken O. Opalo

After teaching a course on Responsible Leadership Transparency and Good Governance, Nancy Boswell, Jessica Tillipman and Ken O. Opalo joined the YALI Network to answer questions and further the discussion on what individuals and communities can do to promote transparency in their country. While transparency and accountability are not easy...

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Saying No to Corruption Takes Courage

Contributed by Mesay Barekew Liche, Mandela Washington Fellow 2016, Ethiopia Getting an electricity line was a matter of necessity for the new residential area of 81 households in my community of Adama, Ethiopia. Unnecessary bureaucracy, withholding information and a lack of transparency are manifestations of corruption (i.e., forcing people to...

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Running a Clean Campaign

YALI Network member and Regional Leadership Center alum Lone Felix has been interested in politics since his days as a law student at Kenyatta University. Having successfully campaigned for and been elected Student Council president, representing all of the university’s campuses across Kenya, he knows the responsibility that comes with...

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YALI Voices: Building a sustainable tomorrow through fiscal transparency

By: Saied Tafida Challenged by the need to change the poor living conditions surrounding him while he was growing up in the North Eastern Nigeria, Saied Sulaman Tafida made the decision to walk the path of improving transparency. He started volunteering, with NGOS when he was 18. He observed that...

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YALI Voices: Tous Pour la Bonne Gouvernance au Tchad

By: Julien Bero Public sanitation is a guarantee of good governance, a democratic process of a sovereign state that advocates social justice among the people. The issue of transparency in public affairs remains a major challenge in the Chadian administration. Incivism and slow administrative procedures do not guarantee the principle...

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YALI Voices: 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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