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Labour Standards and Poverty Reduction: International Strategies

This background document was produced by The North-South Institute for the workshop on Core Labour Standards and Poverty Reduction held December 4-5, 2000, in Aylmer, Quebec. The workshop discussed issues surrounding the role of labour standards and unions in development, and explored strategies and tools that development agencies might use in implementing core labour standards…

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Cohérence des politiques et interventions canadiennes dans la lutte contre la pauvreté – Mali

(available in French only) Cette étude sur la cohérence des politiques canadiennes envers le Mali fait partie des cas de trois pays étudiés dans le cadre du projet de l’Institut Nord-Sud sur la pauvreté et la cohérence des politiques (les deux autres pays sont le Bangladesh et la Jamaïque). Elle s’appuie sur toute une série d’entrevues tenues au…

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Systemic Reform at a Standstill: A Flock of “Gs” in Search of Global Financial Stability

This paper critically surveys what has been achieved to date under the leadership of the world’s great economic powers by examining current prospects for the global economy in the wake of the most recent round of financial crises. It particularly considers the accomplishments and shortcomings of the “flock of Gs” — the various groups formed by the leading industrial countries…

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Engaging with Civil Society: Lessons from the OAS, FTAA, and Summits of the Americas

This discussion paper addresses a theme that has generated heated debate among policymakers and representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) throughout the Americas: how and whether to incorporate civil society views into multilateral instruments and processes. The paper considers how the views of CSOs are being incorporated within the Organization of American States (OAS), the Presidential Summits of the Americas, and within the current…

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Canadian Development Report 2000

A review of Canadian foreign policy toward developing countries at the turn of the century, the Canadian Development Report 2000 examines whether Canada’s actions have lived up to its rhetoric in the areas of trade, human security, development assistance, and debt relief. It also shows how support seems to be building in Canada for a…

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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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Between Rhetoric and Reality: Essays on Partnerships in Development

The following book on partnership is, in a sense, the measurement of the pulse of an idea. What are critics and proponents alike thinking about the idea of partnership in North-South relationships? How has that thinking affected the practice of development? Its policies? Its relationships? Even the very relevance of the endeavour? Download PDF

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