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Can BRICS Make a Difference at Busan? – Part 2

Posted on 12 November 2011 by admin

Analysis by Kanya D’Almeida

China in Africa

A newly-constructed, Chinese-owned hotel in Malawi. Credit: Claire Ngozo/IPS

WASHINGTON, Nov 12, 2011 (IPS) – While experts are hopeful that blocs of emerging market economies like BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – will play a major role in the upcoming aid effectiveness conference in Busan, South Korea, others fear that the new players do not yet have the fiscal power to make a serious intervention in fora generally dominated by rich donor states. Continue Reading

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Can the BRICS Make a Difference At Busan? – Part 1

Posted on 11 November 2011 by admin

Analysis by Kanya D’Almeida

WASHINGTON, Nov 11, 2011 (IPS) – As shock waves from Greece’s economic crisis emanate across the Eurozone and the Occupy protests in the U.S. grow bolder in their critique of the dominant neoliberal system, it seems clear to many observers that the old hegemonic economic order is fading fast. Continue Reading

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Q&A: “Reducing Inequality Should Be a Political Priority”

Posted on 05 November 2011 by admin

José Domingo Guariglia interviews HERALDO MUÑOZ, UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Heraldo Muñoz Credit:José Domingo Guariglia/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 5, 2011 (IPS) – According to the Human Development Report 2011 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week, Latin America remains the region with the highest income inequality, even as the situation has improved in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Honduras, Mexico and Peru.

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Q&A: “We Are Facing the Threat of a Social and Health Catastrophe”

Posted on 25 October 2011 by admin

Fabíola Ortiz interviews Oswaldo Cruz Foundation public health specialist PAULO BUSS*

Health is the result of social equity, says Paulo Buss. Credit:Fabíola Ortiz/IPS

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 25, 2011 (Tierramérica) – For Brazilian pediatrician and public health expert Paulo Buss, the worst enemy of health is unemployment. And if unemployment continues to rise, the result will be a global “catastrophe”, he told Tierramérica.

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Around the Globe, Workers Demand Decent Work

Posted on 07 October 2011 by admin

By IPS Correspondents

Thousands of trade unionists march in Barcelona on Oct. 6. Credit:UGT de Catalunya

WASHINGTON, Oct 7, 2011 (IPS) – The modern English word “economy” is derived from the Greek “oikonomia”, meaning “household management”. Continue Reading

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Q&A: Carving Out a New Aid Order at Busan

Posted on 04 October 2011 by admin

Laura Lopez Gonzalez interviews TONY TUJAN, director of IBON International, on the upcoming high-level forum on Aid Effectiveness

MONTREAL, Canada, Oct 4, 2011 (IPS) – Busan represents the possibility of an aid revolution – a time in history where an encompassing, inclusive aid framework may be possible. This is according to Tony Tujan, director of IBON International, a capacity development non- governmental organisation.

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