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Four Scenarios for Latin American Democracy in 15 Years

October 8, 2015 | by Pedro Abramovay

A polarized region with ample potential, Latin America will be transformed in the coming years. A group of stakeholders envisioned what its possible futures might look like.

Two Steps Forward in the Patient Pursuit of Ill-Gotten Gains

October 6, 2015 | by Ken Hurwitz

Arrests in Panama and Spain highlight the role civil society can play in fighting the corruption and illicit financial flows now targeted in the new global development goals.

Federal Prisoners Decline, but It’s Not a Trend Yet

October 5, 2015 | by Jeremy Haile

The number of individuals in federal prison reached a record low last year. More can be done to make sure that trend continues.

Grantee Spotlight

Roma Women Raise Their Collective Voice, and Mayors Listen

October 5, 2015 | by Manjola Veizi

Life is challenging for Roma women in Albania, but a recent push for political organization may soon change that.

For Croatians, the Refugee Crisis Is Personal

October 2, 2015 | by Tin Gazivoda

During the wars of the 1990s, Croatia took in half a million displaced people, a memory that still lives on today as Europe’s refugees reach its borders.

The Power of Participatory Decision Making

September 28, 2015 | by Andrea Batista Schlesinger

By involving citizens directly in decisions about how their communities are run, we can make government more responsive and inclusive.

Grantee Spotlight

What the Pope’s Visit Means for Social Justice

September 22, 2015 | by Jennifer Butler

Pope Francis’s U.S. trip presents a tremendous opportunity to harness his popularity for progressive change.

The Obscure Global Organization That’s Unwittingly Undermining Civil Society

September 21, 2015 | by Iva Dobichina

Few people have heard of the Financial Action Task Force, but its activities, whether intentionally or not, are causing problems for nonprofits around the world.

Why Europe’s “Roma Decade” Didn’t Lead to Inclusion

September 21, 2015 | by Zeljko Jovanovic

The Decade of Roma Inclusion aimed to close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society, but thanks to opportunistic politicians, some of those gaps are wider than ever.

With Upcoming Election, Tanzania Shows the Limits of “Good Enough Governance”

September 17, 2015 | by Bram Dijkstra, Marta Martinelli

For half a century, Tanzania’s ruling party has clung to power. But a legitimate opposition coalition may mount a significant challenge this October.