The world does not require another inventory of financial problems and solutions. It needs a list of priorities The time is coming for the big ideas in targets such as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be enhanced into politically realistic commitments. Addis Ababa is hosting a UN financing for development conference in July 2015, … More Who is going to pay for international development?
The model for ‘sustainable development’ as espoused in official UN documents cannot withstand a serious critique. A real sustainability requires a change of economic paradigm, not a continuation of the industrialist/capitalist/consumerist economic model that is dependent on unimpaired profits. An Attempt to Define Sustainability There is a conflict among the different ways people understand sustainability … More What Does ‘Sustainable Development’ Really Mean?
As the world meets in Durban, South Africa, for what has become a yearly attempt to secure a global response to climate change, let us look back on 20 years of events that have brought negotiations to this point. 1988. The IPCC is born The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is established in response … More Durban Conference: Questionable Expectations
After six years in office the UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, acknowledges that he has made progress in his job since his appointment in 2005, but he has been mainly driven by many NGOs that accused for decades the companies’ manners in some countries, particularly international businesses. Carlos Lopez, … More Business and Human Rights, a difficult bridal
THE AFRICAN GOVERNANCE CRISIS (4/4) After the analysis of decades of public sector reform in Africa with special focus on Ghana, one can draw the conclusion that the external support during the 1980ies has been vital, but to some degree harmful due to a “faulty diagnosis and prognosis” (1). The African public sector during that … More Do Reforms Inhibit or Support African Development?
THE AFRICAN GOVERNANCE CRISIS (3/4) The customary problems of public sector ineffectiveness due to erroneous reform movements – leading to a reduction instead of a reinforcement of the system – and the ongoing danger of corrupt public officials, give reason to speculate about more successful policies for the reinvention of the African public administration. In … More Rehabilitating the African Civil Service
THE AFRICAN GOVERNANCE CRISIS (2/4) “Since the late 1980s, many African countries have been reforming their civil services (…) Unfortunately, these reforms have not been very successful because of faulty diagnosis and prognosis. They have failed to tackle the major problems confronting African civil services.” (1) Before the analysis of African public administration reforms can … More The Consequences of Reforms on the African Civil Service
THE AFRICAN GOVERNANCE CRISIS (1/4) The underdevelopment of developing countries and the attempted overcome of the latter are at heart of international debates ever since development politics began gaining ground in world politics in the 1960ies. Today, African states receive special attention in regard to possibilities of an amelioration of their economic status quo. Core … More A sift inventory of Africa’s development problems
Along with officers from the Food and Agriculture Organization, mankind is only two bad seasons away from a disaster on a global scale. This spring already, the previous year’s deficient harvests contributed to the social unrest in North Africa. Even though the World Bank asserts that rising food prices have not initiated the protest movement … More High Food Prices Endanger Food Security
An approach to the concerns on democracy promotion. There is a great debate about the principles that should guide promotion of democracy abroad. There are sensitivities involved in promoting democracy and we should be mindful of how its democracy assistance is perceived in recipient countries. Others should raise the importance of democratic assistance to Western … More Development, Democracy and Human Security
>> Haga clic aquí para la versión en Castellano Over a thousand local and regional representatives from 114 countries get together, from November 17 to 20, in Mexico, during the third World Congress of Cities and Governments (UCLG) that will go on Sunday 21 with the first World Summit of Mayors on climate in which … More More than 70 cities sign pact in Mexico to fight against global warming
>> Haga clic aquí para la versión en Castellano From September 20 to the 22nd, world leaders gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to assess progress and challenges in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Adopted at the Millennium Summit in 2000, the eight goals represent a global commitment to reducing poverty … More Millennium Development Goals: Fragile states claim summit outcome off-target
The end of the continuous economic expansion The never ending economic growth within a finite planet is basically impossible. A child can understand that. But the belief in economic growth bringing peace and prosperity to everyone is tough enough. How is this mystification possible? How political and economic elites can maintain the deceit? What is … More The Ideology of Economic Growth
Beyond Africa, Developing World should have more say in key forums. African officials dismayed not to have a bigger voice in key global economic forums. When world leaders meet to tackle the global financial crisis, Africa is represented only by South Africa. African officials argue that the continent need better representation, given the effects that … More Africa Underrepresented
>> Haga clic aquí para la versión en castellano Beyond the political and scientific debate, economists make different analysis on a meeting that brought together more than 180 countries whose commitments regularly lacked of consistency: some advocate the growth model through expansion, other propose corrective measures more or less significant. U.S. and Chinese positions, though … More The Complex Game of Wrong Impressions – A First Balance on Copenhagen