Rajesh Makwana

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Rajesh Makwana is a writer and activist at Share The World's Resources, and he can be contacted at rajesh [at] sharing.org 

Latest articles by Rajesh Makwana

In line with the steady rise in social unrest over the past decade, it’s likely that we will witness an unprecedented escalation in large-scale citizen protests across the globe in 2016 and beyond. Research by Dr. David Bailey provides empirical evidence for what many activists and campaigners have long suspected:...
In a presentation at the launch of ‘United Earth’, STWR highlighted the social, environmental and spiritual dimensions of interconnected global crises, and argued that it is high time that progressives and civil society organisations united on common platforms for transformative change. Towards the end of the Paris...
With the release of a refreshingly pessimistic science-based documentary that connects human development with the global ecological crisis, there is even more reason for concerned citizens to take to the streets in unprecedented numbers to demand a radical shift in government priorities. Has the international...
It's high time UN agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is. As the star-studded endorsements and media hype surrounding the all-pervasive Global Goals...
The latest discussion among members of the Great Transition Initiative focuses on a pragmatic institutional innovation for protecting and sharing co-owned resources, as outlined in an incisive article by Peter Barnes on Common Wealth Trusts. In response to Barnes's contribution to this vital debate, STWR's Rajesh...
A basic income derived from the value of collectively owned resources could empower citizens to transform their societies.  Few debates highlight the moral issues around how wealth is shared across society more than the growing demand for a universal and unconditional basic income. At face value, the idea of receiving...
In this interview published in World Future Review, STWR’s Rajesh Makwana highlights the urgent need to reform global governance institutions in order to end life-threatening deprivation and enable nations to co-create a just, sustainable and peaceful world.   WFR: What are the top three factors that you see helping...
At a time when inequality is on the rise and nations are failing to reduce global carbon emissions, what does the future hold for the sharing economy movement unless it mobilises to reform government policies that are the root cause of climate change and socio-economic exclusion?  Evidence suggests that most sharing...
In response to criticisms that the sharing economy appeals mainly to white middle class populations, it must become more inclusive and closely aligned with other fundamental forms of sharing in economic and political terms, argues STWR’s Rajesh Makwana. Below is an edited transcript of a talk given at an event...
Giorgos Kallis, a prominent scholar on ‘degrowth’, recently wrote an essay that was the subject of debate among members of the Great Transition Initiative network. Below is a comment from STWR’s Rajesh Makwana that responded to the following theme of discussion: is degrowth, as currently formulated, sufficiently...
At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society – from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised...
As part of a series of interviews highlighting the need for a transition to a commons-based society, STWR's Rajesh Makwana was asked about the ethic and practice of sharing in relation to commoning and peer-to-peer production. The interview was originally published on the Commons Transition website.  Can you define...
As the prospect of global financial crisis beckons once again, will our elected leaders finally accept the need for an entirely new economic approach that breaks away from the primacy of growth and profit – or will their hand be forced by a resurgence of mass public protest?  A full six years after the global...
As businesses increasingly embrace a not-for-profit culture, an end to overconsumption on a finite planet could finally be in sight. But given the huge lobbying power of vested interests, it will remain impossible to create a truly sustainable world until the illegitimate power of corporations is held in check. Does...
As part of a series of filmed conversations on the theme of ‘Change through Sharing’, STWR’s director Rajesh Makwana was interviewed earlier this year about the political implications of global economic sharing for a world in crisis. During the course of the discussion, Makwana addressed issues as diverse as how...
As further evidence comes to light of how our economic systems are decimating the natural world, sharing is fast emerging as the central theme in the discourse on how to ensure prosperity for all within planetary boundaries. Barely a week after more than half a million people marched for decisive action on climate...
As concerned citizens mobilise for climate change demonstrations across the world, never has it been more important to embrace a collective demand for ‘system change’ as the surest way to limit global warming and ensure environmental sustainability. More than two decades after international climate change negotiations...
If the sharing economy movement is to play a role in shifting society away from the dominant economic paradigm, it will have to get political. And this means guarding against the co-optation of sharing by the corporate sector, while joining forces with a much larger body of activists that have long been calling -...
At a time when the risk of civilizational collapse is widely forewarned, it is time to recognise that the call for sharing is a cause that can unite concerned citizens working on a diverse range of interconnected global issues.      More than ever before, analysts and organisations are advocating for the process of...
In light of ongoing global negotiations on pressing environmental issues, it’s time for efforts to curtail the excessive influence of multinational corporations over public policy to be strengthened and scaled up at all levels – especially at the United Nations.  The corporate capture of policymaking has dire...
  The social, environmental and economic crises that continue to reap havoc across the globe provide a critical opportunity for ordinary people to demand economic reform and political transformation says STWR's director, Rajesh Makwana, in an interview with John Habets & Henk Gloudemans. Share The World's...
Governments must accept that the root causes of poverty, inequality and climate change will never be addressed without substantial reforms to the global economy. In the meanwhile, the post-2015 development goals need to be much more ambitious about preventing avoidable poverty-related deaths within an immediate...
In order to stimulate further public engagement and activism on global issues, it is important for those promoting the sharing economy to place far greater emphasis on the environmental and social benefits of sharing rather than any purely personal benefits, such as financial gain. We are all painfully familiar with...
Campaigners have long proposed measures to reduce extreme inequality, but policymakers remain fixated on an economic model that threatens to undermine the fabric of society. When will the political elite heed the growing demands for redistribution that are being voiced in countless reports, books and public protests...
There are many policies that governments could implement to raise the finances needed to reverse austerity measures, tackle climate change and prevent needless poverty-related deaths. But we cannot rely on governments to change the current world direction - the only hope is a huge groundswell of popular support in...
The following article is based on an edited transcript of a presentation by STWR's Rajesh Makwana for the Dialogue Eurasia Forum, Antalya, Turkey, November 2012, which was held under the theme ‘Rethinking the global economic order'. Distinguished delegates, colleagues and friends, in my contribution to this important...
If we believe that the sharing economy has a role to play in creating a fairer and more sustainable world, then we need to look broadly at how the principle of sharing applies to all aspects of policymaking – particularly on an international scale. The following article is based on an edited transcript of a ...
The growing support for the sharing economy has the potential to change the way we understand and address the many challenges we face. But it is at the national and global level that sharing can have a truly transformative impact in relation to poverty, sustainability and world peace.  There is nothing novel about the...
Our failure to share resources has resulted in severe social consequences which cannot be divorced from any discussion about the environment. The most pragmatic way to address both these crises is to share the world's resources more equitably and sustainably, argues Rajesh Makwana The following article is based on a ...
STWR presented a paper entitled 'Envisioning a New Earth: Sharing the World's Resources' during the third plenary session of the World Public Forum 'Dialogue of Civilisations' 2012 conference, which took place in Rhodes, Greece. Below is an edited transcript of the presentation by STWR's Rajesh Makwana. Let me start...
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. There is much talk about the...
The experience of Iceland, as highlighted in the film ‘Future of Hope', presents movements for social justice with a vision for creating change on a global scale. Central to this process is the need to replace self-interest, competition and greed with values that promote the development of a sustainable and equitable...
The purely market-based approach to development has failed the world's poor. If the global economy is to serve the interests of all people, it must be primarily geared towards securing basic human needs in perpetuity, founded upon a genuine form of multilateral cooperation and economic sharing, write Rajesh Makwana...
Rio+20 is a golden opportunity for civil society to influence the ‘sustainable development’ agenda. An important first step is to substitute the imperative for economic growth with more socially and environmentally sound policy objectives, argues Rajesh Makwana. Despite two decades of policy discussions since the UN...
The international response to the East African crisis is far short of urgent needs, yet the extreme deprivation being reported is only the tip of the iceberg. A massively upscaled redistribution of resources from North to South is needed if we are to prevent needless poverty-related deaths worldwide, write Rajesh...
Protesters in the Arab world have much in common with those reacting to austerity across Europe, as well as the millions who have mobilised in support of ending poverty in the South. What we may be witnessing is an emerging public voice in favour of a fundamental reordering of global priorities. In a dramatic series...
The financial turmoil destabilising the European Union bears a stark resemblance to the debt crises of the developing world. The failures of a debt-based global economy are become increasingly apparent, as is the need to find a humane alternative based on the redistribution of power and resources, says Rajesh Makwana...
The basic assumptions about human nature that inform economic and political decision-making are long outdated and fundamentally flawed. By acknowledging our interdependence and common ethical values, we can build a more sustainable, cooperative and inclusive global economy, argue Rajesh Makwana and Adam Parsons. As...
The rising tide of economic growth has failed to lift all boats and is now promising to be environmentally disastrous. In the face of anthropogenic climate change, global poverty and growing inequality, we must urgently reassess our obsession with GDP, argues Rajesh Makwana. For perhaps the first time ever in England...
In an impassioned debate at the Oxford Union against some of the world’s leading climate sceptics, STWR’s director Rajesh Makwana argued that economic growth is in fact the root cause of climate change and should therefore not be prioritised above efforts to combat global warming.  The formal and prestigious debate ...
The financial crisis presents a rare opportunity to build a system of international finance that works in the true interest of the global public, but the G20 ministers seem intent on maintaining the unsustainable growth-oriented global economy of the past, writes Rajesh Makwana. This year marks a critical juncture in...
As poor countries are disproportionately affected by the financial, food, climate and security crises, the Non-Aligned Movement's call for greater international cooperation must no longer be drowned out by the rhetoric of the G8 and the G20, argues Rajesh Makwana. A debilitating global economic downturn, ongoing...
The relentless pursuit of economic growth promotes the unsustainable consumption patterns that underpin the climate crisis. Only a clearer understanding of the causes and greater public engagement can finally urge governments to act on climate change, argues Rajesh Makwana. Despite the scientific consensus on the...
In light of the growing international consensus for economic reform, this article introduces economic sharing as a viable mechanism through which the international community can cooperate more effectively to end poverty and create a sustainable world.  A growing body of progressives within the global justice movement...
A proposal for how a system of economic sharing could function within a reformed world economy and the effect it would have on corporate trade, international finance and development aid. A purely market based approach to global resource allocation, based on the values of self-interest and competition, has proven...
Despite international commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, a recent UN report revealed that poverty will not be halved in any sub-Saharan country by 2015, indicating yet another failure of the system of aid and stregthening the call for a more robust international strategy to secure economic justice for...
Economic Sharing can mitigate the unsustainable aspects of the global economy, allowing essential resources to be distributed cooperatively under the democratic guidance of the global public and entirely for their benefit, thereby promoting peaceful international relations and rapidly relieving poverty. Whilst the...
The goal of neoliberal economic globalization is the removal of all barriers to commerce, and the privatization of all available resources and services. In this scenario, public life will be at the mercy of market forces, as the extracted profits benefit the few, writes Rajesh Makwana. The thrust of international...
A report examining the history, structure and motives of multinational corporations and their excessive influence over both governments and the general public. The report proposes a framework in which commercial activity can be significantly reduced so that corporations can primarily serve the global public good....
A report examining the inability of the current system of international aid to significantly reduce poverty over the past 35 years, with practical proposals for alternative mechanisms based on economic sharing, which could rapidly foster self-sufficiency in the developing world. Over the past 35 years governments have...
This brief presents an analysis the free trade regime and it's negative impact on the least developed countries, and proposes more equitable alternatives for allocating essential goods and regulating international trade. International trade is the increasingly powerful engine that drives global economic growth. Free-...
A brief examining the urgent need to cancel debt in the developing world as part of an international emergency relief program to prevent poverty and needless death. Despite international protest, the $2.5 trillion in debt owed by developing countries is unlikely to be cancelled within the existing framework of the...
An overview of the issues surrounding the global commons, in relation to globalization, economic justice and the need to create a more sustainable world. The subtle monopolisation of the global commons began in the middle ages when the rights to land were claimed by the aristocracy and feudalism was common place. The...
A brief analysis of inequality around the world, it's possible causes and consequences. There was much research and debate regarding global inequality in 2005 with two major reports published on the issue, both agreeing that global income inequality continues to increase. According to the UNDP Human Development Report...
This brief analyses the negative impacts of the IMF, World Bank and WTO on sustainable development and suggests an alternative mechanism for regulating the international economy that can allow these institutions to be progressively decommissioned.  The WTO, IMF and World Bank have been major counterparts in the...
The Commissioners spoke emphatically today at the launch of the final report by the Commission for Africa (CfA) at the British Museum. Over half of the commissioners who collaborated on the report are from Africa, they include Prime Ministers, UN advisors and Finance Ministers, and all are well versed in Africa's dire...
Share The World's Resources would like to express its support for the Commission for Africa (CfA) report and its recommendations. The question that we address here is whether the UK government is in a position to implement the report's recommendations, many of which will entail a u-turn in government policies. Without...
A new UN report, entitled AIDS in Africa, was compiled over two years using more than 150 experts. It warns that 10% of Africans (an additional 90 million people) could be infected with HIV within the next 2 decades. Although an innately rich and magnificent continent, Africa today stands braced for decades of further...