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“Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned.” Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

In acceptance speech, Trump embraces role as hero of the forgotten

Trump appeared surprisingly presidential. According to a scholar of American political rhetoric, there were echoes of Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan.
Kenyans rally for a new constitution in 2010. The constitution guaranteed shared power and resources for 47 county governments. Reuters/Moses Eshiwani

Kenya’s glass-half-full experiment with transfer of power and resources

The Kenyan example illustrates the importance of constitutional guarantees for devolution. But it also shows that devolution is no magic bullet for the problems of corruption and ethnic politics.
Residents of Zandspruit, a shanty town north-west of Johannesburg, during a violent protest against the removal of illegal electricity connections. EPAKevin Sutherland

What rising protests in South Africa say about attitudes towards local government

The brouhaha over South Africa's upcoming high-stakes municipal elections hides critically important questions about the continued relevance of local government amid growing public disaffection.
Local residents walk past a collapsed building in Huruma, Nairobi. Many of the city’s current problems emerged at its birth as a colonial town. EPA/Dai Kurokawa

How elites and corruption have played havoc with Nairobi’s housing

Building better, inclusive cities involves enabling the wise use of public land and taxes to ensure that high-quality housing and amenities are provided for all at a lower cost.
The cover of the ‘Weekly Standard’, February 2016.

There should be no monkeying about with hate speech

Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
Australia’s two major political parties are highly dependent on contributions from business by the standards of other rich democracies. AAP/Lukas Coch

No bribes please, we’re corrupt Australians!

Australia’s political finance system is corrupt – but not because of bribery, or indeed any substantial quid pro quo.
A Malian mother waits to have her baby vaccinated. Though access to health care has improved, many people say their governments must do more. Dominic Chavez/World Bank

More Africans are accessing health care – but states still have work to do

Across the continent, citizens’ perceptions of health care show several barriers to access and better health for all.
Activists outside the European Commission show their disdain for existing measures against tax evasion and money laundering. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Africa needs to develop new ways of stemming illicit financial flows

In Africa, commercial activities are the largest component of illicit financial flows. This is followed by organised crime and then public sector corruption.
Smog over Mexico City: bad air quality has led to limits on when people can drive their cars in the city. ilai/flickr

How corruption is hurting Mexico City’s efforts to tackle air pollution

Mexico City is suffering through an air quality crisis this spring, but institutional corruption is making the proposed solution – restricting car usage – ineffective.
Petty public corruption cannot be ignored, but to gain the biggest “bang for the buck” in tax collection the government should focus on stamping out corruption by top officials. cesc_assawin/www.shutterstock.com

To get more people to pay taxes, Indonesia should stamp out corruption by officials at the top

A high level of perceived corruption by top government officials deters people from being tax-compliant.

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