Today, Brazil formally unveils its plans for the multi-country initiative, a timely move as ministers are sacked and people take to the streets to demand more transparency.
Despite a rash of recent corruption scandals in Brazil, bright spots are appearing, including today's 'March Against Corruption' in support of President Rousseff’s efforts to clean up the capital.
Yesterday’s resignation of Brazilian Minister of Agriculture Wagner Rossi marked the fourth ministerial resignation in 8 months - a new record for Brazilian democracy.
Rousseff's purge of old-guard ministers – the latest, Nelson Jobim, resigned Thursday – shows a low tolerance for corruption, but she has not brought legal sanctions against the ousted.
Although she has kept Brazil's economy buoyant in her first six months, the president has lost four ministers to corruption scandals and has been unable to keep her congressional allies in line.
The new US- and Brazil-led initiative to encourage government transparency could provide the US another means to promote democracy and free trade.