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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.