Global Women's Project | Thu, Oct 14, 2004
This article provides a situation analysis of emerging issues facing developing countries in the
multilateral trade and finance system. The expanded involvement of the IFIs in trade-related
activities has resulted in constraints on the national development strategies of borrowing countries,
and the inter-linkages between trade and financial policies can reinforce and prolong poverty and
inequality. It argues that, while policy integration is vital for realising effective solutions to
developmental problems, the current methods of trade-finance policy integration are unlikely to
resolve these issues.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Oct 1, 2004
A paper by the international alliance of Catholic agencies, CIDSE, and Caritas Internationalis, supports an alternative debt restructuring mechanism that would be a "fair and transparent procedure for fair and equal relationships between debtors and creditors."
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Sep 28, 2004
The Center of Concern organized an effort to write to the World Bank President, Mr. James Wolfensohn, to denounce the World Bank's weighin on one side of ongoing WTO trade negotiations. As negotiations to achieve a framework agreement at the WTO were going on, a World Bank official criticized an element of a proposal by the European Union that would have exempted poor countries from having to make substantial tariff cuts. "We do not believe that it is appropriate for an institution like the Bank to formulate an assessment of a country’s trade negotiating offer, as it has happened in this case, no matter its substance." , the organizations said in the letter.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Sep 1, 2004
This briefing paper , a background paper for the Commonwealth Ministerial Meeting 2004, gives an in-depth discussion of civil society perspectives on the issues involved in the expanding role of international financial institutions in trade- and investment-related activities.
Global Women's Project | Wed, May 5, 2004
CAFTA, like the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before itand the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) that is currently being negotiated, is yet another example of the failure of trade to positively impact the more than one billion people living in poverty
in the world today, the majority of whom are women. Ten years after its implementation, the differential gender impacts of NAFTA have yet o be examined and calls for gender assessments of the FTAA have gone un-heeded. By failing to include any analysis of how CAFTA may affect women and men differently, this trade agreement promises to further impoverish women throughout the region, endanger their health and well-being, and undermine their ability to protect their families, communities, environments, and livelihoods.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Apr 13, 2004
Trade Policies and Development: What Role for the Bretton Woods Institutions?, a panel discussion organized by the International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages and the Heinrich Boell Foundation , featuring civil society organizations, World Bank and IMF representatives.
Global Women's Project | Fri, Feb 27, 2004
Aldo Caliari and Jessica Walker-Beaumont succinctly explain some of the ways in which imbalances in the trade and debt system nurture each other.
Global Women's Project | Thu, Jan 22, 2004
In 2002, the U.S. Gender and Trade Network (USGTN) decided to initiate a national debate on the linkages between gender and trade policies in an effort to encourage women in the U.S. to deliberately make these links as part of a long-term vision for social and economic justice in this country and abroad. Through this process, we hoped to highlight the differential impacts on women and men in the U.S. as well as empower U.S. women to speak out as leaders whose voices must not be ignored in trade policymaking. We drafted a framework from which community activists could organize consultations in their communities and begin dialogues on gender and trade to start this process. Well known organizers were contacted in Iowa, Chicago, St. Louis, San Antonio, and New York to begin a series of conversations on gender and trade as partners with USGTN. In 2003, six meetings took place. This report provides the background to the consulta process, analysis of the context in which the national consultations took place, descriptions and outcomes of each of the six consultations, and ideas for appropriate next steps.
Global Women's Project | Thu, Dec 11, 2003
Twenty-six scholars, academics and social justice activists gathered outside Toronto, September 25-28, 2003, to assess the relevance and promise of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) for the globalizing dynamics of today. A general consensus emerged from this group that CST in its present form has much to contribute to the world community, but it clearly cannot claim to be a global ethic, marked as it is by both the strengths and the clear limitations of being culturally western and theologically Catholic-Christian. The challenge is to develop a Catholic ethic for globalization that can be brought into constructive dialogue with the other faiths and cultures gracing the planet. That will put us on the only viable path toward a global ethic–an ethic that will then have to be expressed to the peoples of the world in the rich diversity of cultural forms that constitute the world’s faiths.
Global Women's Project | Thu, Dec 11, 2003
Did the new political coalitions of countries of the South open the way for a new WTO?