Accountability

Where Did Our Money Go? Let Twitter Find Out!

Loren Treisman | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

You may wonder how social media could possibly be used to improve access to critical services like healthcare in Africa, a continent where only 8.6% of the population are online. Activists in Nigeria are doing just that.

It's Time for Prince Charles to Join Twenty-First Century

Prem Sikka | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Prem Sikka

The duchy has to comply with the UK employment and health and safety laws. It collects and pays VAT on its turnover. This compliance gives it the appearance of a public organisation, subject to the laws applicable to everyone else. At the same time, its ancient privileges enable it to function as a state within a state.

Citizen Empowerment: New Technology Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Loren Treisman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

While technology is not a panacea for social problems, it has the potential to connect citizens to information on the laws and people that govern them at a lower cost and larger scale than ever before and to make all voices count.

'Killer Robots': A New Era of Warfare?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

Lethal Autonomous Robotics (LARs). This emerging breed of technology will be able to select a target, aim and fire with no intervention from human beings beyond programming and deployment. War could be about to get a lot cheaper, a lot less bloody... and a lot more frequent.

Do You Want to Increase Personal Effectiveness to Reach Your Goals?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Annie Ashdown

Do you set goals and feel frustrated when you don't reach them? That's what I used to do. I was never smart with my time and never resourceful. I di...

Citizen Centricity, Control and Accountability Are Essential for Public Services - And Democracy

John Tizard | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Last week I was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) for its enquiry on citizens and public services. This is an important enquiry and has the opportunity to address some fundamental questions about the nature of our public services, and the Government's 'reform' and public expenditure programmes.

Journalism in the Dock: A New Low for British Justice, Accountability and democracy

Justin Schlosberg | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Justin Schlosberg

For those who do genuinely love this country and its democratic traditions, the options for redress seem increasingly narrow. In the words of Owen Jones, "if the state starts prosecuting journalists for holding power to account, let's take to the streets".

Will Nick Clegg Follow Through on His Promise for Reform?

Sean Axtell | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Sean Axtell

Yet following the close-fisted way that Westminster handled the Bill, we must be prepared for it to stall yet again unless Nick Clegg acts swiftly on his pledge for transparency.

Spies Need More Oversight, Not New Powers

Annie Machon | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Following the awful murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week, the political securocrats who claim to represent the interests of the British intelligence services have swung into action, demanding yet further surveillance powers for MI5 and MI6 "in order to prevent future Woolwich-style attacks".

Learning to Improve for the Future

Claire Blackburn | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK
Claire Blackburn

Learning and accountability is firmly on the NGO agenda nowadays and for Action Against Hunger, it is something we take very seriously. We dedicate a lot of energy into evaluating our programmes, learning from them and, fundamentally, holding ourselves to account for them.

The Bangladeshi Garment Industry: Made for Exploitation?

Caroline Robinson | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Robinson

The outrage at such severe abuses mirrors responses to human trafficking and 'modern day slavery', as all agree that exploitation should not have a place in our supply chains. But whether low pay or excessive hours, bonded labour or human trafficking, the common thread is profits trumping rights and talk in place of action.

Take Responsibility for Your Relationship Breakdown And Divorce

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

Very often when I speak about taking responsibility for one's relationship breakdown, I'm met with strange looks, actually some of them are angry, antagonised looks that demand, "Are you trying to say that I put myself in this situation?"

Pakistan: Mega Misnomers

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK
Dr Sania Nishtar

What has gone wrong? Why can't we get our act together? Although a number of factors contribute to this quagmire, it is the misuse and abuse of three attributes of state governance that is the root cause of many of the problems we face today - politics, democracy, and accountability are the most widely misunderstood words in the country.

The BBC Car Crash Rolls on: Entwistle's Resignation Must Have the Rest of the Media Cackling

Sian Boyle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Boyle

What next for the great British Broadcasting Corporation? I predict that this car crash will play out, more heads will roll and the internal and external torrent of frenzied accusations will inevitably dry to a trickle. But I think it's important to remember that the BBC has produced excellent journalism, and in the scheme of things, a couple of (albeit very) bad decisions on Newsnight don't constitute the abolishment of the programme or of the BBC's entire 90-year-old reputation.

A Question of Trust - Again

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Fletcher-Brown

At a time when our country faces some very difficult decisions about what we should do about public finances, hardly anyone trusts those who are leading the way ahead.

Knowledge is Porridge

Fiona Melville | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Politics
Fiona Melville

Ben Gummer's Ten Minute Rule Bill (to be introduced tomorrow) builds on something we suggested years ago. Well, two things, in fact.