Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Infrastructure finance: Can democracy prevail in the global policy debate?

Developing and upgrading high quality, sustainable and resilient infrastructure is at the center of one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which the international community is expected to adopt at a UN-convened Summit in September. Infrastructure is also seen as a sort of cross-cutting issue, since goals that deal with health, education, jobs and agriculture, to name a few, will hardly be achieved without being able to meet the attendant infrastructure requirements.

But the debate of a proposed infrastructure initiative within the United Nations proves to be a revealing case study of how the Group of 20, an informal entity with restricted membership, has been able to influence and pre-empt outcomes in a formal, universal membership institution such as the UN. 

In an article appeared in the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s newsletter G20 Update (Issue # 23, page 14), RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari tells how this is happening in the debate occurring in the context of negotiating the outcome document of the UN Financing for Development Conference which will take place in Addis Ababa in July 2015. (Photo credit: CC/Flickr/Rod with additional graphic work: Heinrich Boell Foundation)


Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Jun 9, 2015

CoC-authored chapter featured in Fair Finance Guide


The international civil society network Fair Finance Guide International (FFG) recently launched its report on Transparency and Accountability in the Financial Sector. The report examines key aspects relating to transparency and accountability, and to reporting about tax related issues, as they apply to 47 banks in the seven countries where FFG is active. The report includes a contribution authored by CoC team member Aldo Caliari: “Transparency of banks’ environmental, social and human rights - the case of the United States."