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Global economy faces major headwinds in 2016
The world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest improvement is projected for 2016/17 as a number of cyclical and structural headwinds persist, says the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 report. Global growth is estimated at a mere 2.4% in 2015.
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The Latin American Left is losing ground
Within a few weeks leftwing governments in Latin America have experienced a breath-taking decline. The Latin American (centre-) left forces suffered several strategic defeats. They occurred in the biggest Latin American economies. First in Argentina, than in Venezuela, and also in Brazil the days of an uncontested majority of left forces are definitely over now.
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The World Bank's new Gender Equality strategy
14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. This briefing document presents WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group's (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality.
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Greece: Merkel's victory - a Pyrrhic victory?
The Euro Zone Summit on 12-13 July 2015 forced the Greek Syriza-led government into accepting practically all demands of the other euro zone states. In return, the Greek government received the prospect that negotiations on renewed credit programme might commence and the vague promise that longer grace and payment periods on the Greek debt might be considered.
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Greek crisis out of control
Everything is possible. The crisis has reached such a precipitating dynamics, that nobody is able to fully control the process. There might still come a last minute muddling through compromise. But there might also be insolvency and a subsequent Grexit either by accident or by intention.
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Fight tax avoidance and reform investment policies
Two crucial issues are dealt with in the new World Investment Report: A fundamental reform of the international investment regime and more coherence between international tax and investment policies. According to the authors of the report there must be no contradiction between the policy imperative of taking action against tax avoidance and facilitating productive investment in sustainable development.
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New labour standard for the informal economy
At its 104th conference in the first half of June, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new international labour standard that is expected to help hundreds of millions of workers and economic units move out of informality and into the formal economy.
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Rehabilitating the c word
What do the writer-activist Naomi Klein, the academic economist Thomas Piketty, the art curator Okwui Enwezor and the Catholic Pope have in common? A cosmopolitan lifestyle? Concern for humanity? A knack for controversy? All of that. But something more substantive too.
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Alternatives to stagnation and decline in Europe
Austerity policies, imposed by the strong states throughout the euro area, but especially on the weaker states, have reduced millions of EU citizens to poverty and impaired even basic levels of social protection and employment rights in the crisis-struck countries. The EuroMemo Group presents alternatives.
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On the cusp of a genuinely transformative agenda?
Four parallel but interrelated negotiation processes are currently underway in the multilateral sphere - on the post-2015 development agenda, on climate change, on an update of the women's agenda, and on financing for development. If all went well, there could be a unified, global agenda for sustainable development by December 2015. If not, the situation will continue to deteriorate.
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Public-private partnerships and infrastructure
The popularity of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to support infrastructure development in emerging countries is growing worldwide. PPPs' new appeal may redefine not just development economics, but also the overall relationship between rich and poor countries - though not necessarily for the better.
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Juncker's new start
Jean-Claude Juncker, the new President of the European Commission and his "winning team" start to work officially on 1 November 2014. The former Prime Minister of the small state and fiscal paradise Luxemburg (500,000 inhabitants) is trying to spread the sentiment of breaking new ground for the European Union after five years of financial, economic, and increasingly, political, crisis.
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The case of Ebola
The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Western Africa which started in December 2013 is leading to media hyped worries about its global spread to developed countries since the first human-to-human transmission of the disease in an US hospital (Dallas/Texas). Despite these concerns the brutal reality of the outbreak in the Western African countries plays only a marginalized role in that global media drama.
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Tenacious struggle against tax avoidance
In November 2013, the G20 supported an action plan of the OECD against the '[tax] base erosion and profit shifting' (BEPS), i.e. tax avoidance, by multinational companies. This plan is now being worked out by the members of the OECD and the G20 - a total of 44 states - till the end of 2015.
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An era of global turbulence
The illusion of the end of conflict is over. Delegates meeting at the United Nations are facing a world under attack, and responses are so far not matching the manifold crises, writes Martin Khor.
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Economic policy alternatives for post-2015
Having avoided a deep depression, stabilized financial markets and recovered the ground lost during the crisis years, there is a growing belief in some policy circles that the global economy is back to normal. But UNCTAD's 2014 Trade and Development Report suggests that tight fiscal policy, flexibilisation of labour markets, active monetary policies and the reliance on buoyant asset prices cannot bring the world economy back to robust health.
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Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie
The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. The World Bank, the governments of wealthy countries, and - most importantly - the United Nations Millennium Campaign all agree on this narrative. Relax, they tell us. The world is getting better. It is a comforting story, but unfortunately it is just not true.
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Will sanctions sideline the US Dollar?
The use of sanctions as an international cudgel has long been complicated by some nasty unintended consequences. For the United States and the world economy, one consequence could be particularly significant.
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Development and social policy in South Asia
South Asia is home to about 22% of the global population; about one third of the population is extremely poor, accounting for about 45% of the global poor living on less than the infamous US$1.25 per day. 70% of the South Asia population lives on less than US$2 per day. With Gini coefficients hovering around 0.35, poverty while omnipresent is less unequal than in many countries of Africa and Latin America.
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Ukraine in crisis: The EU's co-responsibility
The EU purports to be part of the solution in Ukraine. Particularly, the EU continues to claim that the proposed Association Agreement will contribute to solving the economic problems of the country. EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle, even raised the possibility of eventually offering an EU membership to Ukraine. There are, however, strong indications that the EU approach creates more problems than it solves.
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An alternative post-2015 development strategy (II)
We commit ourselves to reduce the part of those suffering from hunger by half till 2015, our Heads of State and Government proclaimed in 2000 when they adopted objective no. 1 of the MDGs. At that time, there were some 850 million people suffering from that scourge. A 2012 United Nations report (A/67/257) recognizes that some 900 million people are still suffering from hunger. It adds that hunger and malnutrition remain the most critical global challenges. This shows that the international community is heading towards a flagrant and scandalous failure.
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Issue 3-4/Jul-Dec 2015
World Economic Prospects 2016 + Left losses in Latin America + World Bank's gender strategy + Merkel's victory in Greece

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Issue 1-2/Jan-Jun 2015
Greek crisis out of control + Tax avoidance and investment policy + Alternatives to stagnation in Europe + New labour standard + Rehabilitating the c word

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WDEV Dossier: Euro quo vadis?
Greece, Ireland, Portugal: Crises in Europe's periphery - stress test for the euro zone.

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Issue 4/Oct-Dec 2014
Challenging 2015 + PPP and infrastructure + The case of Ebola + OECD and tax avoidance + Juncker's new European Commission

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Issue 3/Jul-Sep 2014
Era of global turbulence + Economic alternatives for post-2014 + The poverty reduction lie + Sanctions and the US Dollar

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Issue 2/Apr-Jun 2014
Ukraine in crisis: The co-responsibility of the European Union + An alternative post-2015 development strategy + Development and social policy in South Asia

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Issue 1/Jan-Mar 2014
Post-2015 alternative strategy + TTIP: The Northern revenge? + Nepal: The emergence of a democracy +++ Climate campaigning revisited

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CmiA: From the niche to the mass market
Private-public partnership + A soaring trend + From polot projects to mass production + Lessons lerned + The long road to retail salers + Cotton made in Africa: Q&A

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Hunger: The true growth story in India
Multidimensional Hunger + Food Prices + Food Security in a Rights-based perspective + Household, National, and Global Aspects

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Cotton Made in Africa - A Field Report
White Gold of African Farmers + Standards or Brand? + African Cotton and Fair Trade + Dynamics of Private Enterprise + Hot Potatoes in Debate

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WDEV Dossier: The New Age of Hunger
World hunger is not new. Before the current price increase, 850 million people were chronically hungry. Now, the crisis has driven another 100 million into hunger.

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WDEV Dossier: Global Crisis and the South
Recent optimism that the corner was being turned on poverty thanks to faster growth in emerging markets and even some very poor economies is turning to anxiety, as the economy downshifts.

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Climate Change and Human Rights
Two dimensions of equity + Impacts on human communities + Rights-based climate policy + Mitigation and adaptation + Whose atmosphere?

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Femme Globale (I + II)
With contributions on Gender Perspectives in the 21st Century

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