Global Women's Project | Thu, Feb 2, 2006
There are a series of trade initiatives that are sponsored and/or driven by the U.S. government through a variety of mechanisms which are moving at a rapid pace. Trade and investment policies will have major impacts on the region and globally. The Global Women's Project at the Center of Concern is concerned with the gender and social impacts of trade and investment agreements that favor corporate interests over national sovereignty and the rights of people, the market over real development needs.
The below fact sheets critique the impact that these policies are having on women, their families and their communities. They are designed to serve a proactive role in critiquing and shaping the power relationships behind these policies. Because of our role as gender activists in the North, we recognize and oppose the fact that the U.S. is using a variety of mechanisms to push an agenda which is hindering the common good.
Global Women's Project | Sat, Jan 14, 2006
"A research paper by Alexandra Spieldoch on the reality of trade in the Americas from a critical perspective, crosscutting gender and trade issues in an insight on the impact of trade negotiations within a gendered analysis of society."
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Dec 3, 2005
In a document prepared by Aldo Caliari and Pam Sparr, CSOs state their demands for the emerging Aid for Trade agenda.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Nov 22, 2005
In these papers commissioned by UNCTAD for its Expert Meeting on Debt Sustainability and Development Strategies, Aldo Caliari analyses the debt –trade connection.
The first paper focuses on debt management initiatives and the need for a change in paradigm. Debt and trade policies are perceived to be a crucial part of this complex of policies. However, the close interdependence that exists between the asymmetries in the trade system and the chronic nature of the overindebtedness problem faced by developing countries oftentimes goes missing in policy initiatives, the author argues.
The second paper focuses on the threats to debt prevention and resolution stemming from bilateral investment treaties (BITs) provisions on sovereign debt restructuring.
Global Women's Project | Fri, Nov 18, 2005
"Kristin Sampson reflects on the growing power of U.S. civil society, including faith-based groups, in her article about the well-organized movement to stop CAFTA and the hope this movement provides. Part of issue #169 of Center Focus."
Center of Concern | Tue, Nov 15, 2005
In this Issue:
- Introduction: Power and the Common Good - James E. Hug, SJ
- Doha Development Agenda Fades at the WTO - Maria Riley, OP
- The Role of the BWIs in the Global Trading System - Aldo Caliari
- Latin America-Caribbean Seminar on Trade-Finance Linkages - Aldo Caliari
- Closing the Door on Corporate Influence - Peter O'Driscoll
- CAFTA - One Step Back, Two Steps Forward? - Kristin Sampson
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Sep 6, 2005
The 2005 Summit of the Group of 8 leaders of industrialized countries took place in Gleneagles, Scotland, July 6-8. The Summit stood tall among the frantic series of 2005 high-level meetings, reports and other advocacy moments which held promise because of their focus on development issues and on the problems in Africa. However, clouded by despicable terrorist attacks in London that threatened to derail the agenda of the meetings and at some point the meeting itself the July 2005 Summit failed to meet the expectations of so many faith-based and secular NGOs, groups and movements.
Global Women's Project | Tue, Sep 6, 2005
"The MDGs represent an attempt to articulate, at the highest political level and in a comprehensive fashion, the priority areas of social, economic and environmental development that need to be pursued in order to reduce poverty and enable sustainable development. The multi-dimensional nature of the goals makes them an important step beyond the use of economic growth as an indirect measure of poverty reduction. The goals are not perfect, nor are they ambitious enough, but their achievement would mark a major step towards a more just world."
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Aug 4, 2005
The International Financial Institutions (IFIs) are key players within the current architecture of global governance. Sixty years after the creation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, their role and their relationship with other key institutions such as the UN are being called into question more than ever before. This paper from Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE) examines the Bretton Woods Institutions 60 years later.
Global Women's Project | Thu, Aug 4, 2005
Every person has the right to an adequate amount of nutritious food, through production or purchase, to sustain a dignified human life. Despite decades of domestic and international initiatives, however, 852 million people on Earth are still hungry.
The way that the United States structures its food and agricultural system has global consequences. How people eat and the agricultural policies that are set by U.S. politicians directly affect the lives of farmers and farmworkers, consumers and citizens, both domestically and internationally. Changes to U.S. domestic agricultural policy, in conjunction with restructuring international trade and investment policy, have human rights implications and the potential to alleviate or exacerbate poverty and food insecurity worldwide.
Debates surrounding the 2007 Farm Bill, the piece of legislation outlining U.S. food and agricultural policy, have already begun and the livelihoods of many people, both domestically and internationally, depend on the outcome of these debates.