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Benno Hansen

RIO+20 must build a new economic order - TH!NK ABOUT IT - 0 views

  • In Rio, the United Nations must together build a new economic order.
  • While taking measures to tackle the crisis, we must separate growth from environmental damage.
  • we call on political leaders to renew their commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goals and to adopt additional measures backed up with the necessary funding. We call on developed countries in particular to implement their commitment to allocate 0.7% of their gross national income to development aid.
Brian G. Dowling

Microlending and Microfinance Organization - 0 views

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    About Our Organization

    We invite you to explore the following pages to learn more about ACCION's leadership - men and women at the forefront of the microfinance industry - whose energy and enthusiasm are behind our every effort in the fight against poverty. In addition to our Board of Directors and Management Team, ACCION is fortunate to count among its leadership ranks the President's Council and Women's Leadership Network - all dedicated supporters who lend their financial and professional resources to ACCION's mission. Featured in a post bit.ly/aCzznX supporting S1425 GROWTH http://bit.ly/bb1oEI
Brian G. Dowling

African Development Bank - Building today, a better Africa tomorrow - 0 views

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    The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group's mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent's economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the institution aims at assisting African countries - individually and collectively - in their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and social progress. Combating poverty is at the heart of the continent's efforts to attain sustainable economic growth. To this end, the Bank seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and external resources to promote investments as well as provide its regional member countries with technical and financial assistance.
Brian G. Dowling

Business & Human Rights : The World Bank Launches Private-Public Initiative to Empower ... - 0 views

  • The World Bank Launches Private-Public Initiative to Empower Adolescent Girls
    Author: World Bank
    Dated: 10 Oct 2008
    The World Bank joined governments and the private sector today to launch the Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) to promote the economic empowerment of adolescent girls in poor and post-conflict countries...The AGI is being piloted in Liberia through a partnership between the Bank, the Nike Foundation...It will be expanded in the coming year to include Afghanistan, Nepal, Rwanda, South Sudan...“...Every global company should invest in the girl effect. Economists have demonstrated that it is the best possible return on investment,” said Mark Parker, President and CEO of Nike...Public and private sector partners pledged today around $20 million to fund the Initiative, including: The Nike Foundation $3M. [also refers to Cisco, Standard Chartered, Goldman Sachs]
Brian G. Dowling

PLoS Medicine - Which Single Intervention Would Do the Most to Improve the Health of Th... - 0 views

  • Over 200 scientific and medical journals are taking part. For our theme issue, we asked a wide variety of commentators worldwide—including clinicians, medical researchers, health reporters, policy makers, health activists, and development experts—to name the single intervention that they think would improve the health of those living in poverty.
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    Over 200 scientific and medical journals are taking part. For our theme
    issue, we asked a wide variety of commentators worldwide-including
    clinicians, medical researchers, health reporters, policy makers,
    health activists, and development experts
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    The dollar-a-day perspective is an important one is all aspects of life but especially in regards to health care. Healthcare providers trying to achieve the Millennium Development goals not only have to overcome the poverty of the individual but the poverty of national infrastructure.
Brian G. Dowling

TED | Talks | Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty and life around the world (video) - 0 views

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    I feature Hans Rosling's site at my blog Milestone's for a New Milennium so it makes sense to include this in with the Achieving the Millennium Goals resources.
Brian G. Dowling

Poverty Action Lab - 0 views

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    The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) serves as a focal point for development and poverty research based on randomized trials. The objective is to improve the effectiveness of poverty programs by providing policy makers with clear scientific results that help shape successful policies to combat poverty.
Brian G. Dowling

Ending Poverty, But Only on Paper - The American, A Magazine of Ideas - 0 views

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    The Millennium Development Goals actually increase rural dependence on knowledge and skills from urban areas-at the expense of community empowerment. It does not change my mind about the goal but it does give food for thought on how we achieve it. What I get out of this is an argument against Developed Nation's paternalism.
Brian G. Dowling

Millennium Challenge Corporation Investment Indicators - 0 views

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    lists the 17 indicators used to determine country eligibility for MCC program assistance.
Brian G. Dowling

MIT World » : Institutions, Geography, and Growth - 0 views


  • ABOUT THE LECTURE:
    Three billion people on earth live on less than two dollars a day. A relative handful of us fare astronomically better. How do economists account for global “haves” and “have-nots”? Roberto Rigobon attributes a vast income inequality across countries to four connecting factors: luck, geography, quality of institutions, and quality of policies. If a country lies close to the 50th parallel, its citizens’ average income is six times greater than that of an equatorial country. Heat takes a toll on nation-building. Take Caribbean and Latin American countries, which experienced a wave of malaria in the 1500’s. Spanish colonists preferred to extract resources and send them home, rather than risk death by staying. Those nations developed impoverished economies and institutions that continue today. Colonists moved to cooler climes settled down, invested in the new world, and created enduring social structures. Rigobon can’t recommend a single, economic, or political doctrine to help a struggling nation achieve prosperity. “The set of rules depends on a country’s culture, history and religion…. In the end the only sustainable regime is democracy, freedom of speech, and the rule of law, but how we get there isn’t irrelevant.” Rigobon encourages developing nations to embrace social and political conflict as “an opportunity to improve.”
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    I found this after having viewed his most recent talk at MIT. Rigobon can be rather irreverant, but there are many points of connection today with what he was saying back in 2004. One area he might have gotten wrong is picking Russia over China in terms of long term development, that could be argued though he migh have changed his mind since then.
Brian G. Dowling

MIT World » : The U.S. and the World's Recession - 0 views

  • Some of Rigobon’s findings: In Chile, when the price of wheat goes up by 10%, the price of bread goes up by 5% 18 months later. In Colombia and Peru, it takes three years for this same percentage increase to occur, with these countries taking longer “to digest the international shock of commodity prices.” Not only do the prices of bread, cookies, meat, chicken, move in lockstep with wheat, but in some cases, so do housing, health and education. But Rigobon found that when the international price of oil increases, there is an immediate impact on all products related to oil. What’s worse, when the price of oil increases, the price of gas at the pump or for a rental car goes up disproportionately.
  • It’s been true for years, notes Rigobon, that “oil is unconditionally negatively correlated with cereals.” If oil is up, maize, sorghum and wheat prices are down. But this has recently changed, a sign “of the unique times we’re in, the policy challenges we’re facing.” We are simultaneously facing recession (due in large part to the sub-prime mortgage crisis), and inflation, in both food and oil prices. Central banks, he notes with scorn and wonderment, don’t include food and energy in their calculations of “core inflation.” If the job of these banks and government is to take care of their citizens, they must respond to this crisis along the lines of the response to 9/11 or Enron. Rigobon endorses well-communicated, transparent policies, and some tough measures like interest rate increases.
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    How we measure a problem will influence how we define that problem.
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    This is not directly related to the Millennium Development Goals, but the current state of the world's economy will have a direct impact on implementing those goals. It also has a relationship with concepts such as PSRP (Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers). One interesting fact, Central Banks do not include food or energy in their inflation measurements which impact the poor more than the rich.
Brian G. Dowling

Obama's Global Tax Proposal Up for Senate Vote - 0 views

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    Good news Obama and Biden support funding the Millennium Development Goals. Bad news they want to tax to do it which means it might never happen.
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