Following former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kwan Yew's recent passing, commentators have been celebrating his political and economic achievements. In this blog post, Associate Professor of Columbia University Chris Blattman throws some cold water on the adulations of Singapore's supposedly miraculous economic model.
A secret "Investment Chapter" from the closed-doors Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations released this week by Wikileaks confirms that foreign investors could sue governments over policy decisions regarding pharmaceuticals, medical care and food regulation if a change in law or policy can be argued to harm their investment.
During the recent U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, Former President of the United Nations Security Council Anwarul Chowdhury stressed the importance of the idea of global citizenship in fighting for gender equality worldwide: “Global citizenship is believing in the ‘oneness’ of humanity, that we are all connected and interconnected, all interdependent ... Humanity cannot make progress without all of us feeling that way."
Check out this infographic from the Horatio Alger Association for some useful ideas for how to run a successful NGO. Some points, while essential, are not broudbreaking - e.g. #8 "Plan for the future" or #10 "Commit to excellence" - but others offer important and less obvious insights, particularly points #4, #6 and #9.
Posted by CID sourced from Truthout on 26 March 2015
As some of the most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change, Pacific Islands leaders have argued for a renewed emphasis upon climate finance in the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. They argue that greater commitments from bilateral donors to climate finance mechanisms like the Green Climate Fund are needed.
Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters Foundation on 26 March 2015
Indonesian officials defend increasing rates of deforestation, despite its contribution to climate change, arguing that the palm oil industry is integral to the development of the country and lowering poverty rates.
The Religious Society of Friends is urging John Key, Tim Groser and Simon Bridges to assure the New Zealand government steps up on its international commitments mitigating the effects of climate change as part of the UNFCCC.
Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 25 March 2015
Médicins Sans Frontières has released a highly critical report of the WHO for failing to provide a robust response the Ebola outbreak. The report argues that flexibility and agility for a fast, hands-on emergency response still does not sufficiently exist in the global health and aid systems.
Posted by CID sourced from DevPolicy Blog on 24 March 2015
Dr Denis Dragovic argues that we must recognise the important role of religion in post-conflict statebuilding and development efforts, and reminds us that it is sometimes important to step out of the predominantly secular worldview of the Western development community in order to learn how best engage with religious communities.