Focus Three: Global Economic Governance

Agenda 2030, Civil 20 meetings in Geneva and Berlin featuring CoC

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Agenda 2030, Civil 20 meetings in Geneva and Berlin featuring CoC

On October 23 and 24, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be in Geneva to attend a strategy workshop on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting is organized by Social Watch and other allied organizations.

On October 25, he will take part in Berlin (Germany) of the first meeting of the Steering Committee in charge of organizing the Civil 20 – the formal civil society counterpart to the Group of 20—during the 2017 German Presidency of the Group.  The following day he will speak at a workshop organized by the German umbrella organization for development NGOs, VENRO, on Public-Private Partnerships.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Dec 28, 2015

IMF: Christmas Ghosts visit US Congress

As if inspired by the Ghost of Christmas Past, a few days before Christmas US Congress cleared the way for the US government to support long-awaited reforms of the capital and governance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In this article RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari assesses what the reform package, which had been agreed by the G20 back in 2010, will mean for the institution. (Photo credit: CC/Flickr/Ralph Keating).

The Bank & Fund's role in Financing for Development (July 2015)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Jul 4, 2015

The Bank & Fund's role in Financing for Development (July 2015)

In a briefing authored by Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari,“UN Financing for Development: the Fund and Bank’s role & influence,” he reflects upon the often problematic role played by the IMF and World Bank in the negotiations leading up to the UN's Financing for Development (FFD), to be held later in July in Addis Ababa. The briefing was published by the UK-based Bretton Woods Project on its “At Issue” edition of its bulletin “The Observer.”

“CSOs see FFD as a potential lever to secure better policies from the World Bank and IMF and for their overall positioning within the architecture of international organizations,” Caliari says. Kicking off three critical UN summits held in 2015, the FFD summit has the potential to shape positive reforms for years to come, but that prospect still hangs in the balance.

FFD 3: Some reflections on its follow up

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, May 26, 2015

FFD 3: Some reflections on its follow up



As governments negotiate the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD 3) to be held in Addis Ababa (13-16 July 2015), an important decision that they will have to make refers to the follow-up process.

The Conference offers an opportunity to strengthen a follow-up that has so far fallen short of what is required for a sustained dialogue within the UN on the holistic picture of financing for development flows. This happens as the international community is embarking on the most ambitious agenda ever in the form of the Sustainable Development Goals. In this piece, CIDSE --the international alliance of Catholic development agencies, of which Center of Concern is a member-- offers some thoughts on the international dimensions of such follow-up, and urges governments in Addis Ababa to step up to the challenge.