After three decades of sovereign debt crises in the Global South, debt has grown more complex and we are still unable to fight back. But measures could be taken to break the trap and fix the global financial architecture, explains Diana Hulova.
The idea of a ‘citizen’s income’ may sound unfeasible, but this is exactly how it
already is in Alaska and in Iran, in parts of Namibia and Brazil, and
will soon be in Mongolia. People like Tom Paine and Bertrand Russell have been advocating
it since the 1790s, and perhaps its time has come, argues Bill Jordan.
A discussion paper analyses how connected citizens
feel they are to the international institutions that regulate trade and
economic activity, and argues that both NGOs and international institutions need to
engage more actively in domestic economic debate in the current
challenging climate. Authored by Jim Metcalfe.
The final declaration of the 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum held under
the title “People’s Solidarity against Poverty and for Sustainable
Development: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States
of Citizens for citizens”.
According to the latest UN hunger statistcs, nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic
undernourishment in 2010-2012. This may be fewer people than previously thought, but analysts point out that the fight against hunger is still far from being won.
An Economist special report on the world economy says that growing inequality is one of the biggest social,
economic and political challenges of our time, and recognises that inequality is not inevitable - even if it's prescriptions are controversial. Cover piece by Zanny Minton Beddoes.
A new movement is afoot that seeks to reclaim what belongs to us all by building and protecting
the commons. The commoners must create their own commons sector, beyond the
realm of market and state, to serve the public good in their own
distinctive manner, according to a manifesto by Yochai Benkler et al.
The On the Commons team is developing a co-creative process that will allow the Great Lakes and its tributary waters in North America to be declared as a lived commons - to be shared,
protected, carefully managed and enjoyed by all who live around them. By On the Commons.
A new report by Share The World’s
Resources demonstrates how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion every
year to bolster the ‘global sharing economy’ and prevent life-threatening
deprivation, reverse austerity measures and mitigate the human impacts of
Where do the politics of the World Trade Organisation negotiations stand now?
It appears that the paralysis in multilateral trade talks is leading to
yet another North-South (industrialized versus developing country)
divide. And we still need a multilateral framework for trade, writes Sophia Murphy.