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News and Analysis

Its Time to Prioritize the Global Sharing Economy

The very basis of the sharing economy is being eroded in countries where austerity measures are dramatically reducing public spending on social welfare and essential services. But governments could collect and redistribute huge quantities of additional finance for critical human needs, argue Rajesh Makwana and Adam Parsons.

IMF Gold Windfall Won't Break Cycle of Debt for Poor Countries

The countries that run the IMF have decided to spend a $2.7bn windfall on subsidising cheaper loans to low-income countries. This will represent a small financial benefit for countries taking such loans, but leaves unchallenged what such loans and debt exist to do, writes Tim Jones.

Halving Food Losses Would Feed an Additional Billion People

A new study at Aalto University estimates that globally 614 kilocalories per every person a day are lost as a result of food loss in the food production chain. By halving these food losses, we could feed an extra billion people with the currently used resources. By Science Daily

Financing the Global Sharing Economy

A report by Share The World’s Resources demonstrates how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion each year to bolster the global sharing economy and prevent life-threatening deprivation, reverse austerity measures and mitigate the human impacts of climate change.

'We let them starve'

The former UN food envoy Jean Zeigler explains his claim that we are all accomplices in creating a world where children starve to death – in a confrontational interview with business journalist Philip Löpfe's. Translated and introduced by Thomas Blaser

The World Bank and the Development Delusion

Most of the countries that have come under the sway of the World Bank have experienced declining development outcomes in recent decades - but this is no accident. The Bank will never be an effective tool in the fight against poverty without fundamental changes in its power structure, argues Jason Hickel.

UN Calls to Fund Social Safety Nets in World's Poorest Countries

Most people are not protected against unemployment, illness, disability, crop failure or soaring food costs. But investing in social protection would save on emergency relief, argues the UN. By Mark Tran.

Climate Change Kills 400,000 a Year, New Report Reveals

The Earth’s changing climate is costing the global economy $1.2 trillion a year and killing 1,000 children a day, according to a new study—and the U.N. warns the summer’s record heat and drought could trigger a catastrophe. By Mark Hertsgaard.

The Financial Enclosure of the Commons

The commodification of nature is nothing new, but it now risks locking us into an extractivist and privatising pattern despite the limits imposed on us by the ecological and social crises. We urgently need to put forward a comprehensive alternative political project centred on reclaiming the commons, writes Antonio Tricarico.

The Global Citizens' Report for Seed Freedom

A global citizens' report on 'Seed Freedom' depicts the concentration and restrictions in the global seed sector as a result of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regimes and corporate convergence. Released by Navdanya.

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