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Issue 5/Sep-Oct 2011

Scandalous procurement in development assistance
The Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) were first attempts to make aid work better for poverty eradication and sustainable development, but little attention has so far been paid to how aid can enable poor people and countries to help themselves, to become independent from aid in the long run.
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The global social crisis
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (DESA) 2011 World Social Situation Report (WSS 2011) speaks of the "Great Recession". However, it does not refer to this evocative term in its policy chapters concluisions. Given the severity of the 2008-2009 recession and the looming risk of a second dip in 2012 - this is a missed opportunity.
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Thanks to Germany it's 2008 all over again
The greatest swindle of modern times is the massive 'bait and switch' perpetrated on the publics of Europe by their governments on behalf of their banks. What we refer to today as the 'European Sovereign Debt Crisis' began largely as a private sector financial crisis.
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The new German parochialism
In the 1990s, many observers questioned whether Germany, having tackled the challenge of reunification, could become a "normal country" (The Economist). This formulation evoked a Germany willing to pursue its own interests at home and abroad, no longer forced to bury them in multilateral garb or to accompany each assertion with a qualifier about the consistency of its interests with those of Europe and the wider world.
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Nepal: A second chance for the Maoists
Nepal is struggling to overcome the aftermaths of a decade-long civil war that cost 11,000 lives. The war formally ended in 2006, but violence and impunity continue in parts of the country, as a new Prime Minister, from the Maoist Party, takes over as elected head of the interim government.
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