Cambodia

Opening up mining sector governance: lessons from 18 resource-rich countries

What does the West African nation of Liberia have in common with Australia, the land down under? Both are rich in mineral resources, for one. And in both countries, government decisions to approve exploration and mining projects are vulnerable to corruption. These findings come from research done by Transparency International as part of our global programme to enhance transparency, accountability and civic participation in mining approval decisions - so that these decisions benefit the...

Being Bold: Turning ideas into Action

There are few that would disagree that a world free from poverty and injustice would require transformational change. We see leaders, government and non-government organisations, multi-lateral institutions make recurrent commitments towards such an end. While the idea of ending poverty is not controversial, how one does it certainly is. One prominent approach towards ending poverty entails participatory democracy. Emerging technological changes have opened up avenues for citizen – state...

Sense and cents-ability: how climate finance can be smarter

Why smarter climate change finance is crucial to implementing Paris Agreement.To many, budgeting might seem a dry and bureaucratic process. But UNDP’s climate governance and budgeting advisory services are demonstrating to governments across Asia and beyond the value of spending public resources wisely today in order to cushion against the worst effects of climate change tomorrow. Its efforts are taking the proverbial wisdom of “saving for a rainy day” to a new level by changing mindsets toward...

Advancing OGP in Asia Pacific

Even as the membership base of the Open Government Partnership continues to grow year on year, with 65 countries having joined since its inception in 2011, Asia Pacific as a region continues to remain underrepresented. For a region with more than 60% of the world’s population, increasing membership and ensuring that the OGP platform delivers on its reform potential in member countries is in many ways fundamental to success of the initiative overall. Meeting these objectives will need concerted...

Constructive Engagement Processes between Governments and CSOs in Asia: Are We Getting Results?

I was asked by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to facilitate a round-table discussion on the topic  “Constructive Engagement Process between Governments and CSOs: Are We Getting Results?—Experiences and Lessons from Asia”. The event, held in July 2014 and sponsored by the Government of the Philippines, the ADB, and the World Bank, featured CSOs from five Asian countries (Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines) and representatives of the Government of the Philippines. This note...

OGP Asia Pacific Outreach to 5 Countries

“The thing with OGP: If you benefit from it, you have to share it”, Richard Bon Moya, Undersecretary – CIO of the Philippine Department of Budget and Management while giving the keynote speech in OGP Asia Pacific outreach in Cambodia, October 16-17, 2014. Building on the interest of around 650 government and civil society delegates attending the OGP Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Bali last May 2014, the first Open Government Partnership Asia Pacific in-country outreach trip has just taken...

Transparency without open data? It’s like Ginger without Fred

As David Cameron prepares for the UK’s presidency of the G8, the issue of supply chain transparency is already gaining considerable momentum, driven largely by high profile supply chain disasters and scandals. Even UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called for companies to take responsibility for their supply chains in a comment reacting to the recent Bangladeshi garment factory collapse. It is interesting to note that there are some businesses that claim to have product traceability in their...