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Some days ago in Kathmandu

The European Commission's Private Sector Plan in Development Cooperation

On Tuesday 13 May the European Commission (EC) released its promised communication on ‘a stronger role of the private sector in achieving inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries.” It sets out a strategic framework that contains seven principles, six criteria and 12 actions, aimed at “harnessing the potential of the private sector as a financing partner, implementing agent, advisor or intermediary to achieve more effective and efficient delivery of EU support”. While it is widely stated that the private sector has a role to play in development, as both creator of decent jobs and driver or economic growth, its contribution to poverty reduction and the fight against inequality should not be seen as a given.

Corporatising agriculture

As an institution which aims to end extreme poverty, the World Bank should stand on the side of smallholder farmers, the primary producers of food and investors in the agriculture

sectors of developing countries. However, Alice Martin-Préval of the Oakland Institute argues that the Bank’s new project, Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture, is unlikely to benefit

smallholders but will instead further facilitate corporate grabbing of countries’ natural resources and land.

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Civil society protests against Melinda Gates at the World Health Assembly

We the undersigned organizations express our strong protest against the decision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to invite Melinda Gates (of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – BMGF) as the keynote speaker at the 67th World Health Assembly, that begun in Geneva on 19th May. This is the third time in the last 10 years that someone from the BMGF and of the family has been an invited speaker at the WHA (Melinda Gates was preceded by her husband Bill Gates, in 2005 and 2011). Ms.Melinda Gates’ credentials as a leader in public health are unclear.


Inequality and Democracy

Not a day goes by without news on the growing inequality that is the telling indicator of the kind of economic model in which we have put ourselves, following the neoliberal binge unleashed by the Washington Consensus. The idea that economic growth is “a rising tide lifting all boats”, as the late Margaret Thatcher declared when she announced war on the welfare state, and its twin “capital will trickle down to everybody”, are now totally discredited. Facts, as it has been said, are stubborn.

How to Halve Poverty in Just One Day

Researchers from the Center for Global Development discovered how to halve poverty in just one day: they used the new PPPs (purchase power parity), following the recent results from the Comparison programme: so now, poor countries are much richer than they were...

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Building Another World: Re-Thinking Social Protection


Global Social Justice is happy and proud to present a new book of Francine Mestrum: Building Another World: Re-thinking Social Protection.

It is a proposal for a new concept of social protection, which is particularly important at the moment that international organizations start to  make their proposals for ‘social protection’. The ILO came out with its ‘social protection floors’, the World Bank completes its old proposal with ‘resilience’ and the European Commission switches from poverty reduction to ‘social protection’ in its cooperation policies.

While these proposals have to be welcomed and promoted, there is a real risk that they will not go beyond poverty reduction. They do have nevertheless a potential to do more: they are rights-based, they imply permanent mechanisms and they do take into account – finally! – the income dimension.

We think however that more is needed.


Africa Rising? Inequalities and the role of Fair Taxation

Economic growth in Africa has been important these last years.But who is benefiting? Where does the money go?

Read this latest report from Tax Justice Africa

The geographer David Harvey says fixing inequality will take more than tinkering

David Harvey would implore you to imagine life without capitalism—that is, if you can. Chances are, even if you’re puzzled by the manipulation of phantom money on Wall Street, troubled by society’s growing inequality, or disgusted with the platinum parachutes of corporate executives, you probably still conceive the world in terms of profits, private property, and free markets, the invisible hand always on the tiller.

Huge Hole in Social Safety Nets

Social safety net programmes have expanded, yet 870 million of the world’s poorest people remain uncovered, says a new World Bank report released Tuesday.

Although over one billion people in 146 countries now participate in at least one of roughly 475 social safety net programmes, most of the extreme poor – those who live under 1.25 dollars a day – are not, says the report, The State of the Social Safety Nets 2014.

The Accidental Controversialist: Deeper Reflections on Thomas Piketty's "Capital"

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a six hundred and eighty-five page tome that definitively characterizes the empirical pattern of income and wealth inequality in capitalist economies over the past two hundred and fifty years, and especially over the last one hundred. It also documents the grotesque rise of inequality over the past forty years and ends with a call for restoration of high marginal income tax rates and a global wealth tax.

His book has tapped a nerve and become a phenomenon. In laying a solid blow against inequality, Piketty has also become an accidental controversialist. That is because his book has potential to unintentionally trigger debate over so-called "free market" capitalism. The big question is will that happen?

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