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Effective governance and civil society capacities needed to respond to climate change in Peru

MOCICC is a Peruvian citizen’s movement with a network of sophisticated actors oriented around understanding climate change and pressuring government to live up to its plans. The movement highlights the central governance and civil society capacities that equitable climate change adaptation will require: coordinated action, transparency, and support of international cooperation organizations.

FORO interviews Mr. Jose Ricapa, coordinator of the Communications Campaign Commission at MOCICC:

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Freedom of the press increasingly challenged in Latin America

Freedom of the press appears to be increasingly challenged in Latin America. According to FORO, “[o]ver the last five months, a group of South American governments have been promoting key initiatives regarding media control and content limitation. President Correa in Ecuador has obtained additional power to regulate media content after winning a highly disputed referendum.

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Dialogue with the People Tour in Gambia

"The president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh yesterday began the annual 'Dialogue with the People Tour' for 2010. The tour is a constitutional requirement and dates back to colonial times. It takes the president to all the seven administrative regions of the country and avails him the opportunity to meet and discuss issues of national importance with local people. He also gets first hand information on issues regarding the country's development, visit ongoing projects and inaugurate the completed ones.

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 10:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=10

Http://allafrica.com/stories/2010 07140041.html

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Signs of Ghana stabilizing its democracy

The Centre for Democracy and Development writes,

"Putting behind the long history of military involvement in politics, Ghana has conducted three impressive elections in 2000, 2004, and 2008. What stood out in these elections is the ability of this West African nation of about 20 million inhabitants to conduct relatively free and fair elections with each election seen to be an improvement on the previous one."

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The Center for Democracy and Development, April 2010, page 4: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_Apr2010.pdf#page=4

Jibrin Ibgrahim; Transforming Elections in West Africa into Opportunities for Political Choice, Nordic Africa Institute, 2006.

African Elections Project: http://www.africanelections.org/ghana/

Interview with Dr. Abdel Fatua Musa, West Africa Insight, Vol. 1.

The Electoral Commission of Ghana: http://www.ec.gov.gh/

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Women’s Rights Laws Sometimes Ignored, Rejected by Citizenry in Africa

Mali’s president, Amadou Toure, introduced landmark laws protecting women’s rights of inheritance in August of last year. However, according to a West African Insight: Women and Gender Issues in West Africa (WAI), it faced popular opposition.
“[The law was] instalantly rejected by angry leaders of Muslim associations who called the new family code the ‘handiwork of the devil and anti-Islam.’ The law was eventually withdrawn, according to the president, ‘to ensure calm and a peaceful society—and for the sake of national unity.” In this particular case, “

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West African Insight: Women and Gender Issues in West Africa page 2:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_Feb2010.pdf#page=3

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The Ibrahim Index of African Governance

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation started the Ibrahim Index in 2007 to measure African governance. The index was designed to monitor African governance according to the african perspective, foster greater dialogue within african civil society, and a homegrown monitoring system for governments, citizens, and different organizations to track progress. Using 88 indicators The Ibrahim Index is the most robust indicator of African governance.

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Bangladesh faces the permanence of slums

"Every year, around 300,000-400,000 new migrants flock into Dhaka, the bulk of which come from rural, underprivileged backgrounds and are seeking employment opportunities in the city's fast-growing manufacturing and service sectors. However, the reality they face upon arrival is grim--unable to afford decent housing, they are forced to move into large, illegal settlements.

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