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Rajesh Makwana is the executive director of Share The World's Resources. All his articles and reports are listed below and he can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

STWR Panel Discussion at the 11th GCGI Conference in Paris

At the 11th annual conference of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI) held at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, STWR hosted a panel on the theme ‘Making the Shift: Towards a Global Sharing Economy’. The presentations and Q&A session can be listened to below, with further resources.

Sharing the Commons: Wealth, Power and Natural Resources

The following presentation was given at The International Union for Land Value Taxation ( conference on 25th July 2013, held at The School of Economic Science in London. The theme of the day was 'Sharing the Commons', hosted as part of a 5-day conference under the heading: 'Economics for Conscious Evolution'.

One World, One Wealth?

In a presentation given at the School of Economic Science’s annual colloquium, STWR outlined why the principle of sharing – as practiced in families and communities since the dawn of civilisation – should be placed at the forefront of policymaking in order to address the social, environmental and security crises that humanity now faces.

A New Economic Paradigm: Sharing The World’s Resources

Share The World's Resources was interviewed on VoiceAmerica talk radio about the reasons for founding the organisation, what economic sharing means, and the practical application of sharing as a solution to the interlocking crises facing humanity. Hosted by Audrey E. Kitagawa on the weekly show Our Sacred Journey.

Will Development Goals Ever Be Enough?

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 timeframe.   

Values and the Sharing Economy

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.

Cultivating Intrinsic Values through Sharing

According to a growing body of psychological research, promoting intrinsic values can lead to better outcomes for the environment and society as a whole. Can a call for greater economic sharing help promote these values and unite progressives in a common cause that spans diverse cultures and multiple issues?

Extreme Wealth vs Global Sharing

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? 

How to Mobilise .8tr to Finance the Global Sharing Economy

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 favour of global sharing. 

Rethinking the Global Economic Order

In a presentation given to a distinguished audience from Eurasian countries, STWR highlighted the need for the international community to immediately end life-threatening deprivation and needless poverty-related deaths by implementing 10 redistributive policies that could strengthen and scale up the ‘global sharing economy'.

The Sharing Economy: Our Sustainable Future

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.

Imagining the Ultimate Global Sharing Day

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. 

Proposing a Vision of a New Earth

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

STWR's Presentation at the World Public Forum 2012

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. A video and edited transcript of the presentation are available below.

It’s 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.

Financing the Global Sharing Economy

A report by Share The World’s Resources demonstrates how governments could mobilise over .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.

Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative - Oxford Declaration

In a declaration from the GCGI's 10th Annual Conference, 'Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: Reclaiming the Moral and Spiritual Roots of Economics and Capitalism', a group of activists, economists, academics and members of the business community unanimously agreed on the urgent need to create an equitable and sustainable world for the common good of all.

The Age of Sharing

As we celebrate National Sharing Day, let’s make sure we advocate for sharing in all its forms. The true milestone for the Age of Sharing will be the creation of a global sharing economy that ensures we end poverty and live sustainably, writes Rajesh Makwana

Global Justice and the Future of Hope

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 world - such as sharing and cooperation, argues Rajesh Makwana.

International Sharing: Envisioning a New Economy

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 and Adam Parsons.

Rethinking Growth and the Green Economy

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.

The Silent Humanitarian Crises Beyond East Africa

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 Makwana and Adam Parsons.

A Global Call for Sharing and Justice

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, write Adam Parsons and Rajesh Makwana.

Blog: The Global Failure of Debt-Based Finance

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.

Rethinking the Global Economy: The Case for Sharing

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.

The Follies of Growth and Climate Denial

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.

This House Puts Combating Climate Change Before Economic Growth

The endless pursuit of economic growth is unsustainable, unjust and the root cause of climate change. We need a new economic paradigm built on the foundations of sustainability, justice, cooperation and sharing, argues Rajesh Makwana.

G20 on Track to Fail the World’s Poor

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.

The Non-Aligned Movement: Renewed Relevance in a Time of Crisis

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.

Can Economic Growth Stop Climate Change?

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.

STWR Talk: Global Warming and Global Poverty - Joining the Dots

A short video and a full length audio file (MP3) of a talk by STWR exploring the common causes of global warming and global poverty, and proposing measures based on greater economic sharing as a viable solution to tackling both critical issues. 

Economic Sharing: A Shift in Global Values

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.

International Aid and Economy Still Failing Sub-Saharan Africa

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 developing countries.

How to Share the World's Resources: A Proposal

A comprehensive 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 aid mechanisms.

Sharing - A Natural Law of Economy

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.

Neoliberalism and Economic Globalization

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 Crippling Necessity of World Trade

Many Developing countries are left with little choice other than to compete for trade in international markets, leaving them trapped between a rock and a hard place.

Global Warming: Create an Efficient and Sustainable Economy

"In order to tackle climate change it is necessary for policy makers to re-examine key aspects of the global economy such as the pursuit of economic growth at all cost; unhealthy export-orientated agricultural practices; biased trade and finance structures; unsustainable over-consumption; and the excessive influence of multinational corporations on the economic and social life of the global public" - Rajesh Makwana.

Multinational Corporations (MNCs): Beyond The Profit Motive

A detailed 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. Written by STWR's Rajesh Makwana.

STOP THE WAR! London Demonstration Saturday 5th August 2006

STWR joined over 100,000 members of the public filled the streets of central London on Saturday 5th August, demanding an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon, Palestine and Israel.

International Aid & Development: Creating a More Effective System

An investigation into the inability of the current system of international aid to significantly reduce poverty over the past 35 years, with practical proposals for an alternative mechanism, based on economic sharing, which can rapidly foster self-sufficiency in the developing world.

Decommissioning The IMF, World Bank and WTO

This report analyses the negative impacts of the IMF, World Bank and WTO on sustainable development and suggests an alternative mechanism for regulating the international economy which can allow these institutions to be progressively decommissioned. 

Reforming International Trade

An analysis the free trade regime and it's negative impact on the least developed countries. Equitable and alternative mechanisms for allocating essential goods and regulating international trade are proposed.

Cancelling Third World Debt

This report looks at the urgent need to cancel debt in the developing world as part of an international emergency relief program to prevent poverty and needless death.

The Global Commons - Our Shared Resources

An overview of the issues surrounding the global commons, in relation to globalization, economic justice and the need to create a more sustainable world.

Global Inequality

This short report presents a survey and analysis of inequality around the world, it's possible causes and consequences.

Our Common Interest

Share The World's Resources would like to express its absolute 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 current UK policies.

New Study Reveals Twice As Many Affected By Malaria

The new study, published in Nature by a team from the University of Oxford1 is considered to provide the most comprehensive and realistic estimates on malaria to date. Researchers now estimate that there may have been up to 660 million clinical cases in 2002 alone (over 1 million new cases each day), doubling existing WHO estimates for Africa and more than tripling estimates for countries outside of Africa.

"The whole purpose of democratic government is to eliminate poverty."

These are the words of India's Finance Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, as he unveiled this year's budget. In his previous budget, Mr Chidambaram pledged billions of dollars for the poor and to assist farmers. This year his budget continues to take an 'anti-poverty' approach as he provides a further boost to spending on primary education and heath care services.

Kyoto and the long road to reducing emissions

Despite outright rejection by the Bush administration, the Kyoto treaty came into force this week. Altogether 128 member states have ratified the protocol to reduce greenhouse emissions over the next 7 years to levels below those of 1990.

Asian Tsunami highlights ongoing challenge for donor countries

STWR would like to express our deepest sympathies for all those affected by the Asian Tsunamis. We urge all individuals and governments to give generously to the relief operation and to maintain their levels of commitment to aid over the crucial months and years ahead.

Sustainable Agriculture Sustains Rural Livelihoods

This was the underlying message of a comprehensive speech delivered at the national seminar on "Alternative Strategies for Development" held in Bhopal, India last month, by one of STWR's contributing writers, Devinder Sharma.

Commission for Africa Report: Let This Be The One

There have been, and continue to be, many valuable analyses, reports and programs by the UN and other agencies, alongside calls for more aid, trade reform and debt cancellation by numerous NGOs. For the time being, the Commission for Africa's report seems to have outweighed them all.

New UN Report On AIDS

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.