Siang-siang penuh dengan hawa panas. AC cuman jadi pajangan. Buka-buka imel dan nemu satu rekomendasi press release dari BIGS. Bandung Institute of Governance Studies yang sempet bikin gw kecanduan bikin berita APBD Kota dan Provinsi. Walo beberapa orang meragukan alasan yang mendasari ketertarikan gw belajar APBD. Memang gw doyan kok terlepas siapa orang-orang yang ada di belakangnya. Lebih doyan dibandingin ngegarap berita tentang Badan Hukum Pendidikan yang selalu sukses bikin gw puyeng tujuh puluh tujuh keliling.
Agak-agak miris bacanya. Info kaya gini nih jadi ladang empuk bua bahan iklan ngejatohin SBY-JK. Kalo kata Kang Jalaludin Rakhmat, sekarang eranya kampanye statistik. Kasian statistik. Padahal kan statistik selalu benar tapi orang yang gunain statistiknya yang sableng. Check this out :
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10:00 AM EST Wednesday February 18, 2009 Nathaniel Heller, Global Integrity
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Unregulated Money in Politics Is Greatest Corruption Threat Globally, Study Finds
Indonesia’s performance in governance and anti-corruption is mixed
(Washington D.C.) – Regardless of income levels, the #1 corruption threat facing a majority of countries is the unregulated flow of money into the political process, a new report finds. The report, a major investigative study of 57 countries, was released today by Global Integrity, an award-winning international nonprofit organization that tracks governance and corruption trends globally.
“For the third straight year, poor transparency around the financing of political parties and candidates was the weakest element of most countries’ anti-corruption frameworks,” said Global Integrity’s Managing Director, Nathaniel Heller. “If we’re serious about rolling back corruption and abuse of power in both the developed and developing worlds, more effective safeguards to curb the influence of money in politics are desperately needed.”
The Global Integrity Report: 2008 covers developed countries such as Canada, Japan and Italy as well as dozens of the world’s emerging markets and developing nations, from Argentina and China to the West Bank and Iraq. Rather than measure perceptions of corruption, the report assesses the accountability mechanisms and transparency measures in place (or not) to prevent corruption through more than 300 “Integrity Indicators.” Gaps in those safeguards suggest where corruption is more likely to occur.
Global Integrity’s new Grand Corruption Watch List, introduced as part of the 2008 report, includes Angola, Belarus, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Iraq, Montenegro, Morocco, Nicaragua, Serbia, Somalia, the West Bank, and Yemen, all countries viewed at serious risk for high-level corruption. The Watch List identifies countries where the lack of effective conflicts of interest regulations, unregulated flows of money into the political process, and poor oversight over large state-owned enterprises combine to pose a systemic risk of large-scale theft of public resources. “Watch List countries are unfortunately characterized by a toxic mix of corruption risk factors that should be cause for alarm,” said Heller.
In Indonesia, Global Integrity reports how the country’s performance in governance and anti-corruption is mixed. Government accountability, the civil service, and the media’s ability to report on corruption earn weak ratings. There are no legal measures to protect whistle-blowers in the public and private sectors. Regulations governing political financing are weak and poorly enforced. Despite these areas of concern, there is some positive news. Indonesia earns very strong scores in voting and citizen participation, the enforcement of tax and custom laws and regulations, and transparency in the procurement and privatization process. Additionally, the anti-corruption agency and national ombudsman are rated as strong. Finally, a new (and potentially important) public access to information law will be implemented in 2010.
Several key countries experienced gains or backsliding since 2007. Important anti-corruption improvements were noted in Bangladesh and Nigeria; in China, a more positive assessment was linked to the introduction of a new regulation granting citizens access to government information. Noticeable decliners included Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ecuador; Georgia also slipped for the second straight year and continues to struggle consolidating democratic gains since the 2003 Rose Revolution.
“The country assessments that comprise the Report offer among the most detailed, evidence-based evaluations of anti-corruption mechanisms available anywhere in the world,” said Global Integrity’s International Director, Marianne Camerer. “They provide policymakers, investors, and citizens alike with the information to understand the governance challenges unique to each country and to take action.”
The report is the product of months of on-the-ground reporting and data gathering by a team of more than 260 in-country journalists and researchers who prepared more than a million words of text and 20,000 data points for their respective countries. The 2008 report covers the following diverse countries:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
To access the Global Integrity Report: 2008, please visit http://report.globalintegrity.org/.
The Global Integrity Report: 2008 was generously supported by the Australian Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Legatum Institute, and the World Bank.
Global Integrity is a leading international non-profit organization that tracks governance and corruption trends around the world. Working with a network of several hundred in-country journalists and researchers in 92 countries, we aim to shape and inform the debate around governance and anti-corruption reforms through in-depth diagnostic tools at the national, sub-national, and sector levels. Our information is regularly used by aid donors, civil society advocates, and governments alike to press for governance reforms in both the developed and developing world. For more information about the organization, visit http://www.globalintegrity.org/.