Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Nov 9, 2014

CoC attends Jubilee USA Network Annual Meetings


Center of Concern is proud co-founding member of the Jubilee USA Network, today a coalition of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Since its founding, Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief for the world’s poorest countries.

On November 11th through 13th, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will attend meetings of Jubilee USA Board, of which he is currently the co-chair, and the annual meeting of the Jubilee USA Network Council, which brings together all member organizations for updates and discussions on the work program.

On Thursday 13th, he will be one of the speakers at a briefing Jubilee organizes for the US House Financial Services and Senate Foreign Relations Committees, on "Addressing Inequality and Ending Extreme Poverty: Reviewing Bupartisan Remedites on Debt, Predatory Behavior, Tax and Trade Policies that Protect Vulnerable Communities."

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RBW addresses Lima right to education gathering

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Oct 25, 2014

RBW addresses Lima right to education gathering


On October 26, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be a panelist at the VIII Assembly of the Latin American Campaign on the Right to Education (CLADE, by its acronym in Spanish), being held in the city of Lima, Peru. He will address more than 70 right to education leaders from all countries in the region on the theme “Financing in the post-2015 development agenda: What’s at stake?” 

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Oct 19, 2014

RBW addresses Beijing meeting on global governance


On October 22, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be one of the panelists at the Second High Level Policy Forum on Global Governance, co-organized by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and UNDP in the city of Beijing. Mr. Caliari's presentation will address issues of sustainable development financing in the post-2015 context.

Center of Concern | Mon, Oct 13, 2014

Ensuring infrastructure investments address poverty and inequality



In the introductory chapter contributed to a recently-published book, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari identifies the fiscal and debt risks of relying on institutional investors to finance infrastructure and argues for strong governance safeguards, and checks and balances to ensure a fair distribution of risks and protection of the poorest and most vulnerable.

The book, “Infrastructure: for people or for profit? The crucial role of responsible and democratic governance,” was recently published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Latin American Network on Debt, Development and Rights. It includes perspectives by think tank, civil society and grassroots movements representatives from all parts of the world.

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RBW speaks at conference on Financial Transparency

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Oct 13, 2014

RBW speaks at conference on Financial Transparency


On October 14-15 2014 RBW Director Aldo Caliari attends the Financial Transparency Coalition Annual conference, which this year focuses on the theme “Hidden Money, Hidden Resources: Financing Development with Transparency.” This year's conference is held in the city of Lima, Peru, and he will be speaking at a session on the topic “Putting the “People” in Public Private Partnerships:  Infrastructure and Financial Transparency.”

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Oct 1, 2014

Can the poor benefit from infrastructure and investment ? Upcoming RBW events


Check out the events at which Rethinking Bretton Woods Project of the Center of Concern will be involved in the occasion of the upcoming Annual General Meetings of the World Bank/ IMF taking place the weekend of October 11-12.




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Education for Justice | Tue, Sep 23, 2014

St. Francis and His Relevance for Today

Creative Voice, Fr. Joseph Nangle, O.F.M., encourages us to reflect on a pro-active Francis concerned with real issues of peace and justice. Francis, who went to the Middle East during the Fifth Crusade, actively engaged the Sultan who he refused to categorize and see simply as an "enemy." In our polarized age, Francis serves as a model of active peacemaking and of patient and respectful encounter with the "other."

The reflection is available through the Center's Education for Justice Project subscription, which provides access to this resource and many social justice interactive tools, prayers, and images.

World Bank fails to heed reform calls on business regulation report

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Sep 14, 2014

World Bank fails to heed reform calls on business regulation report


RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari was recently featured in a media article assessing the new release of the World Bank Doing Business Report.

The article, “World Bank Urged to Rethink Reforms to Business-Friendliness Report,” comments on the calls for reform and the limited response the World Bank has given to them.

“It looks like the flaws found by the Independent Panel chaired by Trevor Manuel will be ignored and its recommendations are nowhere close to being implemented,” Caliari said. “This is in spite of a wide chorus of civil society organisations and shareholders that supported them.” (Read full article)

Center of Concern | Sat, Sep 13, 2014

Center of Concern salutes historic agreement to decisively address sovereign debt crises


On September 9, 2014, in a historic vote, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that sets up a time-bound process to negotiate and adopt a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring.

Center of Concern has consistently advocated the need to adopt such framework as a crucial reform to address a gap in the international financial system that imposes unnecessary costs on the poorest people living in countries undergoing debt crises.

After the vote, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari welcomed the newly adopted resolution. “All countries promised to take this step in 2002 at the International Conference on Financing for Development, and here we are, 12 years later, just beginning the process,” he said. “The fact that after all this time we heard today some countries justify their negative vote by saying that the initiative was ‘rushed’ saddens us and reflects the sorry state of international solidarity. But the important thing is that the UN, as a whole, in spite of some members, worked and claimed this important mandate to take leadership and action where nobody else is doing so.” (Read an article reporting on this development)