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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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