When the flames of war die down, one often wonders “what needs to be done first: building houses or building peace?” It is a difficult question. But it is important to remember that the houses were there when it all began, but they were destroyed nevertheless.
Some warfare kills and maims long after conflicts are over; such is the case of the antipersonnel landmines. This is why the international community adopted the 1997 Mine Ban treaty completely banning these weapons. Despite progress achieved, great challenges remain, especially removing remaining landmines and relieving their impact on the development.
On its last summit, the African Union has accepted the request of Haiti to join as an associate member. This noteworthy event shows that regional organizations are based on some other underlying factors rather than just geographical proximity.
Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Innovation is a process of failure and learning from failure. The same is true in development cooperation. Take PlayPumps for example, which aimed to take the energy produced by children playing on a merry-go-round to pump water up from a borehole, supplying villages with clean, effortless drinking water. An inspired, ingenious plan – how could, and did, it go wrong?
In 2015, the MDGs will conclude their term. The global development agenda could become equipped with a new set of goals. In the eve of a remarkable event such as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the international debate on what should be there after 2015 has officially kicked off. How about Sustainable Development Goals?
Worldwide remittance flows are estimated to have exceeded $440 billion in 2010, of which developing countries received $325 billion. Why remittances have remained more resilient than private debt and equity flows and foreign direct investment? Which effects do remittances have on development?
Development projects are not just a matter of NGOs or the Public sector. A new figure has emerged to link the Public and the private sector: the public-private partnerships (PPP). Nowadays, PPPs range from loose forms of cooperation to legally binding contracts for the implementation of specific projects. Let’s find out what is their role.
From BRIC to hosting both the World Cup and the Olympics, it is widely known that Brazil is assuming a larger importance in the international scenario. What are the reasons for the country’s success and what has changed in the life of its citizens?
In 1975, when the donor world economy was around half its current size, the Millennium Development Goals would have required much more than 1 percent of GNP from the donors. Today, we can halve extreme poverty with just 0.7 percent of GNP. Are we on track to do that?