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Oxfam's Head of Advocacy on Progress on Robin Hood Tax

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Here is an interesting blog update by Max Lawson, Oxfam's head of advocacy, on the progress of an European Financial Transactions Tax (aka Robin Hood Tax), with a brilliant video at the end.

Charity Navigator launches its amended rating criteria, now including accountability and transparency indicators

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 Charity Navigator (CN), the predominant and influential web-based rating intermediary for nonprofits in the US, just launched its revised rating platform ('CN 2.0'). This now includes indicators related to Accountability and Transparency, in addition to the financial health indicators which had been in existence from the beginning of CN, and which were highly contentious. To get a sense of the significant changes  in rating, which some NGOs have gone through as a result of the above change, please see the most recent blog post of Ken Berger, President of CN: 


Many NGOs as well as analysts and academics have advocated for these changes, since the financial health indicators did not offer meaningful information about NGO effectiveness. In the next 1-2 years, CN is expected to launch its next iteration, 'CN 3.0', which will include indicators related to the quality of results assessment, and the extent to which NGOs publicly report on their results. Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, co-Director of the Transnational NGO Initiative, who joined CN's advisory panel very recently, will  contribute to this next round of changes.

TNGO Initiative presents Dr. Brechin's talk on Government, Civil Society, and Nature Protection in Belize

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"Government, Civil Society, and Nature Protection in Belize, Central America: Models of NGO civic engagement"


Steve BrechinDr. Steven Brechin is a professor of Sociology at Maxwell School. His particular interest is in organizational, political, and environmental sociology. He is interested in understanding the range of organizational models that exist for the protection of natural areas and biodiversity.  In his current work, he uses the theoretical lens of the “hollow state” to explore the unique partnership between government and NGOs that has evolved in Belize to manage protected areas throughout the country, and its implications for public engagement, governance, and the goals of conservation. 


Belize has a well-developed and active civil society comprised of both domestic and international NGOs. Much of these organized civil society activities revolves around nature protection initiatives engaging both the government and local communities.  Nature-based tourism has become a major source of economic development for the country over the last several decades.  This presentation looks at different models of civic engagement pursued by domestic NGOs in Belize, Central America.  The cases presented here differ dramatically from those given by Dr. Derick Brinkerhoff in his presentation to the TNGO Initiative in February 2011 on his fascinating work on NGOs and civil society in Indonesia. You may wish to review a Youtube video of Dr. Brinkerhoff’s talk by clicking here 


September 27, 2011 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Eggers 352 


Dr. Steven R. Brechin's talk

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TNGO Initiative Groups presents Dr. Steven R. Brechin's talk 'Government, Civil Society, and Nature Protection in Belize, Central America' 
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