Global Women's Project | Wed, Apr 13, 2005
Global Women's Project | Sat, Apr 2, 2005
Read the full article, a special report by Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods project, published in Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF)."
Global Women's Project | Tue, Mar 22, 2005
"After ten years of U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization and a political emphasis on greater international trade as an engine of economic growth, we must ask whether women are gaining or losing in terms of job opportunities and wages under current trade policy?"
In their new paper, Bankrupt U.S. Economic Policy Forecloses on Women's Human Rights: WTO+10 Meets Beijing+10: The Impacts of Trade Liberalization on Women's Human Rights, Maria Riley, OP, Alexandra Spieldoch, and Kristin Sampson, members of the Center's Global Women's Project, consider questions about trade policies' impacts not only on women's job opportunities and wages but also on their access to social services, and on how much political influence women have in local and national decision making.
Global Women's Project | Thu, Mar 17, 2005
"Some organizations like FAO have started talking about the 'feminization of agriculture' in the developing world, based on the facts that women represent 66% of the economically active population working in the sector and are identified as major providers of food and income for their families and communities in rural areas," she writes. ""Nonetheless, statistics have also demonstrated that women tend to be disproportionately poor and disadvantaged; representing over 70% of the poorest global population with low level of ownership, control and access to productive and economic resources, assets and markets."
Read her full analysis for more on how trade policies affect special products and have a real impact on women's lives all over the globe."
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Mar 11, 2005
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Mar 10, 2005
The conference debated proposals which will be presented at the follow-up to the Financing for Development Conference. The Consultation on Sovereign Debt specifically considered issues surrounding the debt of middle-income countries.
Global Women's Project | Mon, Jan 31, 2005
Global Women's Project | Wed, Dec 22, 2004
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Dec 10, 2004
The close interrelationship between the asymmetries in the trade system and the chronic burden of debt faced by developing countries has not been sufficiently recognised in international economic policy. To the degree that debt and trade have been integrated in policy initiatives, they have been integrated from a particular perspective that has not proved helpful in supporting development. A change of paradigm is urgently needed. Debt reduction, or even cancellation, cannot have lasting benefits unless the trade dynamics that lead to debt accumulation are addressed. Likewise, proposals to reform the international trade system cannot be effective unless they incorporate a recognition of the crippling impact of debt on developing countries’ participation in that system.
This paper concentrates on the debt side of the problem. In essence, it explores the question: what would happen if a new paradigm for the interrelationship between debt and trade were to be applied in the debate on debt sustainability currently taking place within the Bretton Woods Institutions – the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank?
The paper was published as a chapter contribution for "Debt and Trade: Time to Make the Connections", a book by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, on behalf of the International Jesuit Network for Development. Veritas Publications, 2005 (www.veritas.ie). Dublin, Ireland.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Nov 11, 2004
World Bank response letter to a letter signed by civil society organizations and demanding the Bank withdraws from interventions in trade negotiations.