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- Deliberations on a new post-2015 development agenda are currently underway. These deliberations are taking into account significant changes to the field of development cooperation since the Millenium Development Goals were established.
- There are new questions and expectations regarding: development goals, local ownership and capacity for implementation, coherent and effective international support, and appropriate kinds and adequate amounts of financing.
- A major challenge will be to undertake a transformative shift toward more coherent partnerships that take into account the full array of policies, practices, and financing to accelerate progress toward agreed development goals. Read more...
Business is under increased pressure to invest and re-invest its resources and profits to meet the social needs and wants of the communities in which it operates. Although these pressures are not new, they have been rising with the spread of globalization and the growing gap between the world’s rich and the world’s poor. The corporate social responsibility debate has taken on a distinct meaning in developing countries, and in many cases the problems arise from the mistaken perceptions of and difficult experiences with market reforms. The result has been reversals from the course of democratic and free market reform as skeptics began to point their fingers at business and blame capitalism for corruption scandals, financial collapses, disastrous privatizations, and similar events.Read more...
The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) entered the new millennium saddled with a number of intricate challenges. The most thorny of these is how to register high enough economic growth rates in the coming years in order to absorb the nearly 25 million unemployed in the region, as well as generate an additional five million new jobs annually for the new entrants to the labor market. Failing to do so, the region is likely to find itself facing tens of millions of disgruntled workers and the ensuing social and political unrest. In order to avert this unenviable situation, it is imperative that the region encourages investment.Read more...
Corporate governance has taken root in development financing institutions in Asia and the Pacific. Th e Asian financial crisis of 1997 was a turning point for countries in the regions, stressing the need not just for corporate reform in the business community, but also the need for reforms in national development financing institutions (DFIs).Read more...
Reviving an economic base is one of the first priorities in the wake of war. Small- and medium-sized enterprises are crucial to resuscitating society and fighting the devastation of poverty that war leaves behind. Increasingly, women are joining men in creating their own ventures. Not only is their work helping to reach the most vulnerable parts of society – women supporting their own households – but their businesses are also contributing to their countries’ progress at an important time.Read more...
Democracy and free enterprise ideas are under attack in Latin America. Despite countless efforts toward reforming economic and political institutions to promote economic freedom, many of these reforms have been perceived as “recipes” imposed by international financial organizations and foreign governments - a costly misperception exacerbated by the top-down approach used to develop public policies that are designed and debated exclusively by technocrats.Read more...
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