Newsletter #3, August 2nd 2011

Hi GYACers,
 
Greetings from our virtual GYAC HQ!
 
It's that time again for the GYAC Communications Unit to take it upon ourselves to tell you -- and the rest of the world -- updates of what our members have been up to in their struggle against corruption and towards transparency and accountability.
 
Anita Thapa leads an organization in Nepal called Youth Initiative and exactly a month ago, on 2 July, they organized an Integrity Conference towards accountable societies, which served as a consolidation activity for their capacity building, for their advocacy programs for institutionalized youth participation in governance, and for the launch of their future initiatives. Read more about it below. All the best, Anita!

We are also very grateful for one of the pioneers of GYAC, Gina Romero from Colombia, for creating a beautiful Prezi presentation of the history of our GYAC Network. It also comes at a good time especially as we establish our brand and identity. Thank you so much, Gina!
 
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, our good friend Marlon compiled an article by Adam Thierer and his own book review on ICT and democratization. The compilation comes at a really good time, especially as during our Forum in Nairobi, we placed great emphasis on leveraging ICT in our anti-corruption projects. Marlon has sharp, experienced, and extensive insights to share on the subject, so make sure to read on
 
We are also proud of the work of our lone member from Armenia, Davit Hakobyan, who is part of the EDC/USAID-funded "Transparent Education in Armenia" project. Starting July, they are going to implement not one, but three (!!!!) anti-corruption projects in his city. How's that? You got it going on, Davit! We are very proud of you!
 
And lastly, as promised from our pilot newsletter, we have a video feature, courtesy of Raghda Allouche of Lebanese Transparency Association, the Lebanese chapter of Transparency International. She also happens to be the GYAC representative for the Middle East! Raghda was recently interviewed on Lebanese TV to promote our very own Fair Play Anti-Corruption Music Competition, which we are proud to say is a flagship project of GYAC! The interview is in Arabic but Raghda has kindly sent us an English translation. Don't miss it!
 
With all these amazing things going on and more, how can you be not motivated to join in and spark your own campaign towards a corrupt-free world?
 
Again, without further ado: Anita, Gina, Marlon, Davit, and Raghda…
With all the virtual applause and hugs we can give,
The GYAC Communications Unit

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