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Transparency as a tool for urban local governance
Jan 08, 2022

Transparency as a tool for urban local governance

To ensure citizen participation and awareness, it is instrumental that ULBS are slowly transformed into transparent and accountable bodies

Ensuring transparency in data governance and the digital economy
Jan 27, 2021

Ensuring transparency in data governance and the digital economy

Governments are now required to adapt regulation in an agile fashion to ensure the protection of public goods throughout endeavours of economic growth

FRDI Bill ensures safety of depositors, but must provide the shield of transparency
Dec 27, 2017

FRDI Bill ensures safety of depositors, but must provide the shield of transparency

The FRDI Bill creates a process, with early-warning systems in place to alert regulators and the government about the risk on financial institutions,

Health equity through transparency and accountability
Sep 25, 2017

Health equity through transparency and accountability

Healthcare in India could use the help of better data and analysis from both public health systems and private sector interventions.

Leakgate: Govt needs more transparency, not less
Mar 31, 2015

Leakgate: Govt needs more transparency, not less

For a government committed to 'minimum government, maximum governance' it is time that policy making in key economic ministries become far more open and consultative, its acts and actions predictable. In the long run, that is the only way to ensure that policies for the auctions of licenses, processes of tendering and award, and actions to ensure their implementation -- are not subject to capture by select coteries.

Predictability & transparency in governance
Jan 28, 2015

Predictability & transparency in governance

As the curtains come down of one of the best Republic Day ceremonials in 65 years, focus shifts to the way forwards. Modi's promises of large scale reforms to make 'doing business' in India simple have been welcomed by Obama and the America Inc.

Right to Information: Transparency, governance and democracy
Aug 06, 2019

Right to Information: Transparency, governance and democracy

In an age of extremism, terror, global information flows and communication manipulation, subversive international forces seek subtle ways to undermine

Using AI and blockchain tech for transparency in urban governance
Jun 22, 2018

Using AI and blockchain tech for transparency in urban governance

People are going to ask government for answers, and the solutions will lie in getting transparency through new-age systems.

Will bringing political parties under RTI improve transparency?
Jun 28, 2013

Will bringing political parties under RTI improve transparency?

Political parties are the only entities which are not subject to any regulation or regulator. The phrase political parties has not been mentioned in India's constitution and post independence, the legislatures have not enacted any regulation or law governing the functioning of political parties.

Addressing the blood access and availability crisis
May 15, 2024

Addressing the blood access and availability crisis

The technological solution implemented by Chhattisgarh to improve blood availability and accessibility can serve as a template for other states to dea

Afghanistan Today & Tomorrow
Oct 11, 2010

Afghanistan Today & Tomorrow

Saeed Naqvi, Distinguished Fellow at ORF, recently journeyed across Afghanistan where he met scores of political leaders, Taleban, US officials, filmmakers, journalists, NGOs, religious leaders and ordinary Afghans. The result is an insightful document on Afghanistan at the crossroads. Do Americans have an Endgame planned? Or, more important, can a superpower in a theatre of strategic importance, have a linear exit plan when multiple strategic op

African Union summit amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
Feb 23, 2021

African Union summit amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

The AU is trying to hold its own with the reforms. It is trying to be more efficient and transparent. However, the reforms are more technocratic than

Anti-incumbency, political outsiders, and millennial presidents in Latin America
Sep 01, 2023

Anti-incumbency, political outsiders, and millennial presidents in Latin America

Latin America is increasingly proving that the old notions of ‘left’ and ‘right’ are no longer the principal themes in electoral democracy.

Are recent reforms in China’s development cooperation programme effective?
Oct 03, 2023

Are recent reforms in China’s development cooperation programme effective?

Although China has initiated steps to improve its development cooperation programme, many of the commitments have yet to materialise

Beyond speculation: Shaping realistic practices in generative AI
Dec 11, 2023

Beyond speculation: Shaping realistic practices in generative AI

AI will lead to an age of radical abundance; the development of increasingly capable AI should be monitored to due to the risk they pose for societies

Blocking online porn: Who should make Constitutional decisions?
Mar 16, 2015

Blocking online porn: Who should make Constitutional decisions?

A constitutional court must not outsource its judgement on freedom of expression online to an industry association even if it convenes others to help make this decision. It must also avoid allowing the executive to take over this role, determining without any transparency what content is blocked.

Budget 2024: Sri Lanka’s road to economic recovery?
Jan 17, 2024

Budget 2024: Sri Lanka’s road to economic recovery?

Sri Lanka’s Budget 2024 has ambitious proposals that could push the country forward, however, it continues to stare at a long road to economic recov

Can competition tools fix social media?
Oct 13, 2021

Can competition tools fix social media?

Replacing tech authoritarianism with state overreach will only exacerbate problems plaguing social media platforms

Challenges ahead for the India-EU FTA
Feb 28, 2012

Challenges ahead for the India-EU FTA

There is need for greater transparency in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations. There could be more information sharing with civil society groups and the general public so that the content of the negotiations would get public approval faster, making it easier to conclude the FTA.

China’s belt and road initiative: Implications in Africa
May 10, 2023

China’s belt and road initiative: Implications in Africa

Over the last two decades, China has established a significant economic presence in most African countries. Its lucrative economic investment package, flexible political approach, and focused big-ticket development projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) provide an ostensibly massive opportunity to African countries. However, the unilateral nature of the initiative, the lack of transparency and accountability to African countries, and t

China’s Nuclear Forces Continue to Expand
Feb 05, 2024

China’s Nuclear Forces Continue to Expand

China’s nuclear expansion could lead to a spiraling arms race.

China’s ‘spy ship’ poses a dilemma for New Delhi
Aug 20, 2022

China’s ‘spy ship’ poses a dilemma for New Delhi

India’s security officials worry that China would use the ship’s visit as a precedent for future deployments by Chinese warships to Sri Lanka.

Coal production by the private sector in India: The perils of promise
Jan 09, 2024

Coal production by the private sector in India: The perils of promise

The fundamental crisis in the coal sector is not only the lack of transparency but rather the need for efficient markets for fuel that can keep up wit

Countering Chinese assertiveness: India’s changing posture in the Indian Ocean
Jan 02, 2021

Countering Chinese assertiveness: India’s changing posture in the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is important to China because Chinese trade and energy resources transit this route.

Decoding the Land Acquisition Bill
Aug 31, 2013

Decoding the Land Acquisition Bill

The new land acquisition bill has brought transparency in land acquisition. But by incorporating too many instruments and agencies to ensure the same, it instead risks making the process bureaucratic. Thus, the bill ends up replacing a coercive colonial law with a cumbersome one.

Decolonising Aid: Moving Beyond International Aid Intermediaries
Mar 18, 2024

Decolonising Aid: Moving Beyond International Aid Intermediaries

The international aid system is in need of reform. Despite rhetoric about localisation, a meagre 1.2 percent of international humanitarian aid directly reaches local actors. Overall, there is a lack of transparency and awareness in international policy circles on how funds flow from the donor level to the field. This brief argues that the issue is not just about a lack of capacity on the part of local actors—a sweeping statement often used by W

Displacement and surveillance of sex workers in India
Jul 29, 2022

Displacement and surveillance of sex workers in India

Regulations brought in related to sex work need to go beyond people who are forced into the profession to also be inclusive of the people who enter th

E-politics and public accountability over digital rights, with a focus on Latin America
Dec 29, 2020

E-politics and public accountability over digital rights, with a focus on Latin America

Governments and political actors must be liable for their performance and the virtual realm is not a playground anymore.

Energy News Monitor | Volume XVII; Issue 31
Feb 06, 2021

Energy News Monitor | Volume XVII; Issue 31

Flexibility and transparency critical for a gas-based economy; last mile pipelines get a boost in India — and other news and analyses from the energy sector.

Envisioning the digital, remote-first workspace
Oct 28, 2020

Envisioning the digital, remote-first workspace

This crisis will be etched in our memories long after we have found its cure but what we will remember the most is how we felt, what we did and who we

EU's new Space Code: A significant improvement
Nov 12, 2013

EU's new Space Code: A significant improvement

The new draft of the EU-initiated International Code of Conduct for Outer Space is a significant step forward. The language has been tightened to make it more precise. The document is particularly mindful of the interests of emerging Space actors and instituting measures for greater international cooperation. There have also been several practical measures suggested for more transparency.

Facial recognition in law enforcement is the litmus test for India’s commitment to “Responsible AI for All”
Oct 17, 2021

Facial recognition in law enforcement is the litmus test for India’s commitment to “Responsible AI for All”

Responsible and ethical AI is premised on an infrastructure of trust; it is imperative that accountability and governance frameworks establish transpa

Fiscal prudence still matters
May 11, 2020

Fiscal prudence still matters

Govt will need to spend more, but should credibly commit through institutional reform to future transparency and prudence

Framing multistakeholder conversations on encryption
Dec 06, 2016

Framing multistakeholder conversations on encryption

On August 12, 2016 the Observer Research Foundation convened the first in a series of multistakeholder roundtables on encryption. This report is the outcome of the discussion of issues and proposal of solutions conducted at the roundtable. Being a complex, technical-legal question around access to data for law enforcement, encryption has long been a contested issue. Creating best-in-class regulation on encryption will require targeted interventio

G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative: A historical comparison
Jun 28, 2022

G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative: A historical comparison

With the rise of global debt levels in recent times, the current requirement of debt restructuring programmes is to ameliorate debt transparency.

Going beyond third-party liability to regulate content: Examples from Germany and Singapore
Oct 08, 2020

Going beyond third-party liability to regulate content: Examples from Germany and Singapore

Given the complexities and the possible excess of making the Internet (more) fragmented, should we consider doing more than just demanding liability f

Green taxonomies: A tool with underutilised potential
Feb 21, 2024

Green taxonomies: A tool with underutilised potential

Countries are increasingly adopting green taxonomies to foster a sustainable finance market to attract international investors

India and East Africa: Cooperation as the key to Financial Inclusion
Oct 30, 2019

India and East Africa: Cooperation as the key to Financial Inclusion

Financial Inclusion can help formalise the economy, increase transparency and efficiency, and provide financial stability for India and Africa.

Internet suspension in India: A call for balancing security and rights
Apr 07, 2023

Internet suspension in India: A call for balancing security and rights

The current legal regime governing internet shutdowns must be overhauled to place greater emphasis on transparency and accountability

IPEF: Trade in policy, not in pact
Jun 22, 2022

IPEF: Trade in policy, not in pact

With Biden and IPEF highlighting economic transparency, it is seen as a way for Washington to create an Indo-Pacific trade bloc without creating a tra

Judicial Accountability Bill: A step in right direction
Dec 26, 2011

Judicial Accountability Bill: A step in right direction

The Judicial Accountability Bill, looked at in a holistic manner, is indeed a step ahead to restore some of the fundamental values in the judicial bodies of the government -- integrity of the judges, transparency and independence of judiciary.

Latin America and the Caribbean: Facing the pandemic with more democracy, not less
Dec 29, 2020

Latin America and the Caribbean: Facing the pandemic with more democracy, not less

The pandemic has worsened the problems that Latin America and the Caribbean were already facing. 2021 will surely be challenging in terms of political

Making a case for rightsizing KMP tenure as a good governance requirement in Indian BFSI sector
Jun 15, 2020

Making a case for rightsizing KMP tenure as a good governance requirement in Indian BFSI sector

Bad corporate governance impacts negatively on a company's integrity and transparency — and directly hurts customer trust and subsequently the compa