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Annual Report 2011

The annual report for the year 2011. Download PDF

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Canada-China Economic Relations: Beyond Petroleum

With much attention recently fixated on the shifting balance of power towards Asia, this brief analyzes the state of Canada-China economic ties as a key plank in any strategy to engage the Asia region. Author: Daniel Poon Download PDF

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HLF4 and the Future of the International Aid Architecture

This backgrounder sheds light on key issues that were the focus of discussions at the Fourth High Level Meeting on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) which took place in November 2011 in Busan, South Korea. It provides  context about aid, those who deliver it and the challenges associated with international development cooperation in a changing global order. It is…

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The Currency Transactions Tax: Feasibility, Revenue Estimates, and Potential use of Revenues

Re-visiting research begun a decade ago, we examine the design and implementation of a  modern currency transaction tax, the original financial transaction or Tobin tax. We show how a feasible CTT can be collected, and we estimate CTT revenues and market impact based on alternative tax rates. We survey the potential uses for these new…

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Canadian Development Report 2011 – Global Challenges: Multilateral Solutions

The 2011 Canadian Development Report, examines the ability of the multilateral development system to address global challenges as world economic power shifts. From the BRICS to the private sector, new actors are (re-)emerging, presenting both new challenges and opportunities for multilateral development cooperation. Indeed, ongoing financial and food crises, resource scarcity and climate change are…

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Guests at the Big Table: Growth of the Extractive Sector, Indigenous/Peasant Participation in Multi-Partite Processes and the Canadian Presence in Peru

“Guests at the Big Table? Growth of the Extractive Sector, Indigenous/Peasant Participation in Multi-Partite Processes, and the Canadian Presence in Peru” by José De Echave of CooperAcción (Peru), was commissioned by The North-South Institute (NSI) as part of NSI’s ongoing research programme on Indigenous Peoples’ rights and decision-making in the extractive sector of Latin America, the Caribbean and…

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The Poverty Impact of the Proposed Graduation Threshold in the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Trade Scheme

This report examines the poverty effects of changed Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) graduation thresholds in the European Union. Specifically, it explores the poverty effects that may result from reduced exports from countries that have graduated as a result of a changed GSP graduation threshold, and the poverty reduction impact of increases in exports from…

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How can we Implement Today a Multilateral and Multi-jurisdictional Tax on Financial Transactions?

This is the Blueprint for an International Treaty on a Multilateral and Multi-jurisdictional Tax on Financial Transactions which has two basic aims: 1. To introduce an innovative financing mechanism for global development . The mechanism is an internationally coordinated tax in the financial sector for a common or coordinated Development policy. 2. to contribute to global financial stability, to increase policy autonomy of States and to enhance the proper…

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Uneasy Neighbours: The Elusive Quest for Peace and Stability in the Sudans

On July 9, 2011 South Sudan became Africa’s youngest nation. On July 14, the UN General Assembly unanimously voted to admit South Sudan as the 193rd member of the community of  nations. Independence followed a referendum where Southern voters opted overwhelmingly for secession from Khartoum. This paper looks at the partition of Africa’s largest country, the…

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GSP Graduation: Will it reduce poverty?

This policy brief discusses how Europe is reviewing the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), its broadest-based trade policy to support developing country exports. And how the European Commission has proposed the most radical changes in the scheme’s three-decade history, arguing that this will ‘focus the GSP preferences on the countries most in need’. But will…

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Greater Influence,Greater Responsibility: are INGOs’ Self-Regulatory Accountability Standards Effective?

The role of international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs) in the global aid architecture has become more important in recent years. Budgets of particularly large INGOs have increased and questions surrounding their accountability have intensified. To address allegations of poor accountability, many INGOs have signed on to collective self-regulatory accountability standards as a means of ensuring that common principles are met,…

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African Women on the Thin Blue Line: Gender-Sensitive Police Reform in Liberia and Southern Sudan

How do you build lasting peace once war is over? NSI’s publication, African Women on the Thin Blue Line: Gender Sensitive Police Reform in Liberia and Southern Sudan, explores how women in civil society and their female counterparts in the police are experiencing police reform processes in two conflict-affected African contexts: Liberia and Southern Sudan….

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The Poverty Impact of Changing the Graduation Threshold in the Generalised System of Preferences Trade Scheme

This report forms part of a wider project examining the impact of the EU’s reform of its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The first part of the study (Stevens and Kennan, 2011) examined which countries would be graduated out of the EU’s GSP due to the change in the graduation thresholds. The second part of…

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Workshop on the Impacts of Mining and other Extractive Projects on Ethnic Territories

This workshop report (available in Spanish and English) summarizes the main discussion and presentations at a workshop that brought diverse actors (ethnic communities, government, company, and non-governmental organizations and national and international experts) together to discuss the impacts of mining on ancestral territories, and tools for bringing into line practice with the international and national…

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Elections in Dangerous Places

This book is a product of NSI’s work on fragile and conflict-afflicted states and reveals how flawed elections can act as democracy in reverse and diminish political legitimacy and stable governance. Authors of the various chapters challenge the centrality and timing of elections as a key pillar of reconstruction at a war’s end. They underline the dangers…

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Food Security in Latin America: Short-term Responses to the Global Food Crisis

This brief summarizes work done by Latin American researchers from the Latin American Trade Network on food security issues in the context of the current global food crisis, making special reference to the Canadian International Development Agency’s policies in this area. Download PDF

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A New Agenda for Development Assistance? From Aid to Development Effectiveness

This policy brief analyzes various understandings of development effectiveness. It seeks to establish a more comprehensive understanding of what the term means in policy and practice. It explores the implications of a development effectiveness policy agenda for international development actors. Author: Shannon Kindornay Download PDF

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A House Undermined: Transforming Relations Between Mining Companies and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

This policy brief focuses on how to transform relations between mining companies and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas. Author: Viviane Weitzner Download PDF in Spanish

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Tipping the Power Balance: Making Free, Prior and Informed Consent Work

This document represents the final synthesis report of The North-South Institute research program: “Indigenous Perspectives on Consultation and Decision-Making about Mining and other Natural Resource Activities on or near Ancestral Lands in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, Phase II— Toward Community Strengthening, Dialogue and Policy Change. Author: Viviane Weitzner Download PDF in Spanish

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Gender Equality and Fragile States Policies and Programming: A comparative study of the OECD/DAC and six OECD donors

Updating NSI research from 2005, this paper analyses how six major donors and the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee approach the challenges of gender equality in fragile states. In terms of integrating a gender perspective into fragile states engagement policies, little progress has been made. No new fragile states policy which integrates gender has been developed…

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From Aid to Development Effectiveness

This working paper analyzes various understandings of development effectiveness. It seeks to establish a more comprehensive understanding of what the term means in policy and practice. It explores the implications of a development effectiveness policy agenda for international development actors. Author: Shannon Kindornay Download PDF

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Free, Prior and Informed Consent – A Practical Guide for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana

“Free, Prior and Informed Consent: A practical guide for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana” was first published as a working draft in 2006, as part of the joint project “Indigenous Perspectives on Consultation and Decision making about Mining and other Natural Resources.” This version updates the previous draft to reflect the current legal and policy context….

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Environmental and Social Impacts Assessment: A Practical Guide for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana

“Environmental and Social Impact Assessments: A practical guide for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana” was produced as part of a joint project between the Amerindian Peoples Association (Guyana), The North-South Institute (Canada) and the Forest Peoples Programme (UK). It is one of three community guides created under the “Indigenous Perspectives on Consultation and Decision-making about Mining…

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Negotiating Impact and Benefit Agreements: A Practical Guide for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana

“Negotiating Impact and Benefit Agreements: A practical guide for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana” is one of three guides that were produced under a joint project of the Amerindian Peoples Association, The North-South Institute and the Forest Peoples Programme. The project is called “Indigenous Perspectives on Consultation and Decision-making about Mining and Other Natural Resources.” This…

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