In spite of all the horrible news we are daily faced with, from climate change to Panama papers and terrorism, there is also some hope that, yes, indeed, another world is made possible.
The neoliberal consensus is slowly fading away, people start to realize there are many alternatives that would allow for better lives on a sustainable planet.
An important role in the emergence of new perspectives is being played by the young generations, all over the world. Their protests have taken on new forms, they got rid of the paralyzing ideological and often sectarian conflicts of their parents and grand-parents, they tackle problems immediately themselves, they experiment with new ways of living, working and … of doing politics.
Three big reasons why we need to think differently about online platform jobs.
On the same day last week that Ottawa became the latest Canadian city to recommend ‘legalizing’ Uber, the MaRS Solutions Lab released its “Sharing Economy Public Design Report”, the goal of which was to outline considerations for how municipalities might “help build a sharing economy that benefits the city”. For those unfamiliar with the term, the report offered a definition: “The ‘sharing economy’ is a paradigm of peer-to-peer lending that enables the sharing, borrowing or bartering of underutilized assets in exchange for goods, services or money… It is a fundamentally community-driven approach.”
There’s just one problem: this is hogwash.
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are generally defined as a marriage between the public and private sector to deliver specific functions, and end users often pay for the services. For a private company to sign up, a PPP has to be commercially profitable. It is therefore important for governments to fully understand the risks and costs associated with entering into PPP arrangements.
The prominence of emerging market economies (EMEs) during the 2008 financial crisis improved prospects for more multipolar global financial governance. The recent setbacks experienced by EMEs, however, raise the question as to whether global financial governance is still becoming more multipolar.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) concept of interdependence between countries and policy areas can be employed in the follow-up and monitoring of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, says a recent policy brief of this international agency.
UNCTAD argues that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development substantially increases the demand for evidence-based analysis and integrated and coordinated policy support.
"Its comprehensive and integrated nature mirrors the UNCTAD concept of interdependence between countries and policy areas," it added.
This concept can now be employed in the follow-up and monitoring process of the Agenda to assess the impact of the international environment on the effectiveness of national implementation strategies, and trade-offs and synergies in those strategies.
Dr. Yılmaz Akyüz, Chief Economist of the intergovernmental organization South Centre, says that the 2008 financial crisis may be moving in a third wave that could devastate the Global South.
This article was originally published in the Real News on 28 March 2016, produced by Lynn Fries.
Video, audio and statement by Dr. Yılmaz Akyüz, Chief Economist of the South Centre, at the Seminar on Current Global Economic Trends and Conditions and the International Development Policy Context After 2015 held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 23 February 2016 is available at this link
A new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other news organizations around the globe, reveals the offshore links of some of the planet’s most prominent people.
In terms of size, it is likely the biggest leak of inside information in history – more than 11.5 million documents – and it is equally likely to be one of the most explosive in the nature of its revelations.
The leak exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and reveals how associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies.
The files also provide details of the hidden financial dealings of 128 other politicians and public officials around the world and show how a global industry of law firms and big banks sells financial secrecy to fraudsters and drug traffickers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars.
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Inequality is a universal challenge faced by least-developed, middle-income and developed countries alike, but which can be overcome by political will at national and international levels, the United Nations deputy chief said today.
Addressing a special meeting on inequality convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that inequalities within and among countries pose an immense challenge to global development efforts.
“Large disparities in income, wealth, power and opportunity plague our work for progress, both internationally and nationally, so do also large gaps in access to education, healthcare, water, sanitation, food, energy, and social protection,” Mr. Eliasson told the meeting, which brought together leading experts on inequality from academia, government, the private sector, the UN system and other stakeholders to conceptualize, analyze and recommend solutions for inequalities in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
It is easy to criticize poverty reduction policies, as it is obvious we have to put serious questions about targeting and minimalist ‘social protection’ systems. We defend and promote universal social protection and cannot be happy with liberal basic income proposals. Our alternative is a system of ‘social commons’, democratic and participatory, based on human rights and able to also protect societies.
The main question is: how to put this into practice?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, if completed and implemented, will cover a large portion of global trade and investment, but they will exclude the majority of developing countries. American and European negotiators also want these deals to be “gold standard” agreements that establish the new rules of trade for a new century. The biggest concern arising from these mega-regional agreements is that they will undermine the rules-based multilateral trading system. More immediately, preferential trade arrangements divert trade from outsiders and the new or expanded rules that US and EU negotiators want to establish as precedents for the global system will not always be optimal for poorer countries.
They say it takes two to tango and yet the Western world has exonerated itself in the role it plays concerning corruption in Africa.
Together with war and poverty, 'corrupt Africa' has become a favourite cliché of Western writers when describing the desperation of the continent.
Even lauded organisations like Transparency International (TI) which publishes the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is usually silent on the role the Western world plays in corruption in Africa.
Despite TI publishing the CPIs since 1995 ranking countries by their perceived levels of corruption as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys, very little is said about countries that keep looted money from Africa.
TI also publishes the Global Corruption Barometer, which ranks countries by corruption levels using direct surveys instead of perceived expert opinions.
Understandably, though a lean choir of critics find corruption to be a serious ill in developing countries, they feel this pardonable sin compares to failure to lump the connivance of countries like Switzerland.
The silence to condemn Western countries that connive with looters in Africa can be likened to Western countries' earlier support of the apartheid regime and slavery.