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More than half of aid spent on procurement still goes to rich countries' firms - almost two decades after commitment to end 'tied aid'

US, Australia and UK worst offenders – with at least US$9 out of every $10 dollars reported going to their own companiesThe estimated cost of not being able to ‘shop around’ for goods and services was between US$1.95 billion and $5.43 billion in 2016A new report concludes that rich countries are still awarding more than half of their development aid procurement spending to companies from their own countries. This is despite a 17-year-old promise to end practices that give their own firms an ...

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Financial Crisis 10 years on – How the response to the last crisis laid the foundations for the next

Bodo Ellmers

13 Sep 2018 10:12:11

This article was initially published in Eurodad member SLUG's newsletterTen years ago, on 15 September 2008, the US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed. This collapse is largely seen as a key event of the North Atlantic financial crisis, which also had spillover effects on the rest of the world. Around the globe, this decade-long crisis has caused massive unemployment, as well as rising poverty and inequality. It has been used and abused to slash people’s rights – in particular the rights of workers – while the financial sector that caused the crisis has benefited from huge publicly funded bailouts. Ten years after the last crisis began, global debt levels are higher than before, and debt vulnerabilities are increasingly hard to manage. That’s why activists all over the world ...

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10 years on: Global debt at all-time high. Developing countries hit hard by fallout

Brussels, 10 September 2018 Ten years after the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers (15 Sept 2008), the world is in deeper debt than it was in 2009 – the height of the financial crisis. Global debt reached a record peak of US$164 trillion in 2016, equivalent to 225 percent of global GDP. For advanced economies, debt-to-GDP ratios have plateaued since 2012 to levels not seen since World War II (above 105 per cent of GDP). The fallout from the financial crisis is now also hitting developing ...

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C20 Argentina: The G20 plan to create an infrastructure ‘asset class’ must be shelved, and replaced with a plan to increase and improve public investment in infrastructure

Roadmap to turn infrastructure investments in developing countries into financial products is a dead end that will only hit the taxpayer, says new report. Report finds infrastructure has, and will be overwhelmingly publicly financed – the real agenda should be to increase and improve public investment. Thursday August 2 2018 The G20’s plan to develop an ‘infrastructure asset class’ to encourage private investment in developing countries is fundamentally flawed and must be shelved. This ...

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C20 Argentina: El plan del G20 para convertir la infraestructura en una ‘clase de activo’ debe ser archivado y reemplazado por un plan para aumentar y mejorar la inversión pública en infraestructura

La Hoja de Ruta para convertir las inversiones en infraestructura de los países en desarrollo en productos financieros es un callejón sin salida que solo afectará al contribuyente, dice un nuevo informe. El informe concluye que, en la inmensa mayoría de los casos, la infraestructura ha sido y será financiada con fondos públicos, por lo que la verdadera agenda debería apuntar a aumentar y mejorar la inversión pública. Jueves 2 de agosto de 2018 El plan del G20 de desarrollar una ‘clase ...

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Argentina: 20 años después, ¿realmente han cambiado los métodos del FMI?

Bodo Ellmers, Maria Romero, Gino Brunswijck

02 Aug 2018 10:33:27

This is a Spanish version of the article: Argentina: 20 years on, has the IMF really changed its ways? It has been initially published at FARN website.En julio, los argentinos experimentaron un déjà vu con los anuncios del gobierno de despidos masivos y congelamiento de salarios como parte de las medidas de ajuste ligadas a un préstamo del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI). Miles de funcionarios públicos se ven obligados una vez más a asumir duras medidas de austeridad. De acuerdo con el programa del FMI se introducirán medidas selectivas de asistencia social para compensar la situación. La crisis financiera que azota el país y el retorno al Fondo traen malos recuerdos a muchos argentinos que no olvidan el año 2001, en que las políticas ...

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G20 game over? Three reasons why the Finance Ministers’ meeting shows the G20’s time may be up

Jesse Griffiths, Maria Romero, Tove Ryding

24 Jul 2018 18:27:54

The G20 Finance Ministers of the world’s largest economies met in Buenos Aires last weekend, but their failure to tackle pressing global problems, including the threat of trade wars and a looming debt crisis, highlighted how ineffective the G20 has become.  Given that the G20 cannot tackle key issues, is promoting ineffective initiatives, and has largely become a rubber stamping body for other actors, the time is ripe to rethink how the global economy is governed, and to promote alternatives.1.    The G20 cannot tackle key issues The 2017 G20 showed how the ‘anti-multilateralism’ approach of the world’s major powers immediately dampened the prospects of new initiatives coming out of the G20, as Eurodad reported at the time. It is no surprise, therefore, ...