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Reducing the Debt of the Poorest: Challenges and Opportunities

This paper attempts to put current debt reduction efforts into perspective by explicitly addressing the opportunities and complications of debt relief for the poorest countries. The aim is to help current attempts at debt relief become more cognizant of both the opportunities and limitations of debt relief, particularly in the context of wider global efforts at poverty reduction…

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A Common Thread: Issues for Women Workers in the Garment Sector

This issues paper focuses on the garment industry, one of three sectors being addressed in WIEGO’s global markets program, which seeks to explain how current changes in global production and distribution systems affect women. The paper will be followed by a number of research studies, designed to support the activities of the International Alliance of Home-Based Workers (HomeNet). HomeNet…

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A Feasible Foreign Exchange Transactions Tax

There is virtually no formal infrastructure for trading foreign exchange. Traders in major banks around the world communicate directly with each other or through a broker. By comparison, the infrastructure for settling foreign exchange trades is becoming increasingly formal, centralized, and regulated. This is due to new technology, subject to increasing returns to scale, and to cooperation between trading…

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Canadian Development Report 1999

Civil Society and Global Change Edited by Alison Van Rooy The 1999 edition of the Institute’s Canadian Development Report (CDR) focuses on Canadian civil society organizations–NGOs, unions, churches, and professional associations–that are undertaking innovative work with their counterparts in the South. A series of nine essays provide a provocative survey of the issues and concerns…

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