Holding Governments Accountable to a Vision for “Post 2015” Gabriele Koehler

This week, the UN General Assembly (GA) will assess the MDGs - their progress and gaps and officially launch the intergovernmental discussion on a new, sustainable development agenda – perhaps to be encapsulated as sustainable development goals  (SDGs) The UN Secretariat was initially cautious in terms of intertwining an MDG assessment with a design of a successor agenda, lest momentum for achieving the goals fizzle out, instead of concentrating on a last spurt towards meeting the targets. But already last year, academics and civil society pushed the UN to start thinking about a new agenda, by commissioning studies, convening workshops,…

Which Second Haircut for Greece? Kunibert Raffer

“Europe Pushed by IMF’s Lagarde to Consider Greek Debt Write-Off” Bloomberg reported recently. More cautious, the Wall Street Journal remarked that Lagarde had not expressly said so, although “some” saw a “public, albeit oblique, acknowledgment” of this necessity, and “some economists say” her request “would necessarily require restructuring Greek debt held by euro governments and the ECB.” Rumours exist that the IMF has discreetly leaned on the EU to implement a second haircut of official debts. Kathimerini reported that the government thought the IMF would obstruct the programme’s success to highlight the need for a new debt restructuring. Quite different…

Rethinking Macro Economic Strategies from a Human Rights Perspective (Why MES with Human Rights II) Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson & Rajeev Patel

This report is a follow up to the previous report of 2005. Amidst the ongoing financial crisis, the report provides the basis for the political agenda that must be advanced in order to ensure that the fundamental rights and interests of the “sufferers” are protected and expanded. This document proposes a novel focus and methodology to evaluate macroeconomic policies from the perspective of the progressive realization of the people’s economic and social human rights, and the States’ compliance with their minimal, basic responsibilities to their people. mes2 (Download the full text in PDF format)

Debt Relief as if Justice Mattered David Woodward

This report is the last in a series from New Economics Foundation designed to stimulate progress towards a comprehensive and fair treatment of the crisis of sovereign debt. With the end of an unprecedented period of low interest rates now in sight, such a goal is needed more than ever. This is a short summary of the paper. Debt_Relief (Download the full text in PDF format)

Why MES with Human Rights? Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights Radhika Balakrishnan

This report documents a discussion between economists and human rights activists on the problems of poor people, a topic distinctly different from and larger than the question poverty reduction alone. This report is part of a strategy to explore the theoretical and policy dimensions of the following topics: trade policy and human rights violations, “neoliberal” economic policies and the progressive realization of human rights, informal sector labor and the right to livelihood, monitoring national budgets and the role of the state. human_rights (Download the full text in PDF format)

The Americans at a Crossroads : Putting decent work back on development agenda

Contrary to the scenario over the last two decades, the creation of decent work opportunities must rise once again as a central priority in development policymaking. This paper explores the path for a well coordinated and a more dynamic mix of public and private sector policies in the Americas that mobilize the region's untapped domestic human, financial and natural resources and that facilitate its strategic integration in the world. americas_crossroads (Download the full text in PDF format)

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