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Breaking the cycle of discontinuity: an indicator of public policy institutionalization

Daniel Bourghardt and Fabio Ono

    In Brazil, the expression “voo da galinha” is often used as a tragicomical way to illustrate the essence of its development problem. It means “the chicken’s flight”. Imagine a chicken attempting to fly: it might be able to get up in the air and fly successfully for a few meters, but eventually and inevitably it will crash down before trying to get up to fly again. After the turn of the century, Brazil rose to become one of the fastest …

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    Youth disrupt the society; Shujaaz media disrupt youth

    Anastasia Mirzoyants-McKnight

      “Sometimes going against the grain, and bucking conventional wisdom, can be the right move.” Alex Hisaka In the past 2-3 years the “demographic dividend” has become the buzzword, the “viral” movement, a journey and a prize for the international development campaigns globally, and even more so in Africa – and to nobody’s surprise. Today, over a half of the African population are younger than 15. As this generation enters their adulthood – and simultaneously a labor market – they will …

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      Using Access to Information to Advance Women’s Health Rights: The Case of Legal Abortion in Brazil

      Bárbara Paes

        The International Conference on Human Rights, held in Tehran in 1968, established that people have the right to receive adequate education and information related to their sexual and reproductive rights1. Hence, all countries must promote, in every situation, the people’s right to be informed about those issues. Nevertheless, even in countries where legal abortion is guaranteed like Brazil, women still face major restrictions on this right’s fulfilment. In Brazil, abortion is legal under three circumstances: when the pregnancy is resulting …

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        Mission to Mars or Why is it so Impossible to Open Parliaments?

        Janet Oropeza Eng

          For decades, space agencies have undertaken missions and extensive research to explore Mars’ conditions, so that one day we can achieve the impossible: sending humans to Mars. Back in our own planet, the Earth, practitioners around the world are trying to achieve what seems like another impossible mission: opening parliaments. However, unlike the case of Mars, here we already know what conditions parliaments must meet to be transparent, accountable and open. If the recipe is already there, political will seems …

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          TRUST… BUT VERIFY: Building stronger media collaborations to advance social accountability

          Tom Lansner

            “Our school has no books.” Standard six student Esther Chakwana had a poem ready for the morning’s visitors to her rural Malimbwe Primary School in Mitundu District, down a dusty red dirt road about 40 kilometers from Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe: Shyly, she announced its title: “Our school has no books.” Whole classes at Malimbwe shared a single textbook, or had none at all. “How can we learn without books?”, Esther asked in her poem (please see Esther read her poem …

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