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Tunisia’s New Right to Information Law Needs People Power to Work

September 27, 2016 | Joel Campagna, Eszter Filippinyi

The country is blazing a trail for transparency in a challenging region. But the law's potential for advancing democracy will depend on citizens' ability to use it.

A Photo Contest Captures Life with Ebola in West Africa

September 19, 2016 | Christopher Ifeanyi-Nwanze

Traumatized yet resilient, the region is rebounding after the outbreak that claimed 10,000 lives.

Four Countries That Opened Their Closed Institutions—and Prevented Torture

September 16, 2016 | Ben Buckland, Veronica Filippeschi

A look back at how a simple but revolutionary idea helped prevent torture in some of the world’s darkest places.

In Zambia’s Contentious Election, the EU Finds a New Challenge

August 12, 2016 | Bram Dijkstra

The election in Zambia—a country with 25 years of peaceful democratic consolidation—is a chance for the EU to show it still has serious clout as a foreign policy actor.

Brazil’s Security Plans for the Olympics Raise Eyebrows

August 5, 2016 | Natalia Viana

From tanks at the beach to jammed mobile phones, the militarization of Rio de Janeiro is pushing the boundaries of acceptable precautions.

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Can Drones Make a Society More Transparent?

August 4, 2016 | Tamás Richárd Bodoky

In Hungary, activists are using drone footage to build support for migrants, counter government narratives, and bolster civil society.

Ugandans Find a Reason to Vote in Their Rigged Elections

July 27, 2016 | Rita Nalumansi

Despite the questionable accuracy of the results, many Ugandans who voted in this year’s election felt they were casting a ballot in favor of democracy itself.

U.S. Assistance to the Middle East Is Drying Up When the Region Needs It Most

July 18, 2016 | Stephen McInerney

President Obama says America stands with civil society in the Middle East, but declining funding for democracy and governance there tells a different story.

Obama’s New Drone Policy Is a Step Forward for Transparency

July 15, 2016 | Toby Shepard

The estimates of how many people have been killed by U.S. drones since 2009 will allow the American public to ask better questions about the uses and limitations of this new technology.

The Big Impact of the Little-Known “Recommendation 8”

July 11, 2016 | Iva Dobichina

A revision to a little-known financial regulation means that nonprofit organizations and civil society will soon be less vulnerable to illegitimate government crackdowns.

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