The World Development Report 2012 is out: Gender Equality: The right and smart thing to do
Nearly 4 million poor women missing each year in developing countries
The newest answer to lacking development, when everything else is failing: women!
The European Parliament adopted on September 13 2011 a resolution, following up on an Initiative Report, on the Raw Material Strategy of the European Union.
An interesting new report of Action Aid on how the aid dependency of poor countries is slowly declining and on how real aid can be effective.
The 2011 Report from the UN MDG Gap Task Force, focusing on MDG8: more can be done ...
Boomerang Aid: How billions of development aid are diverted towards companies in the rich countries ...
'All for One' examines inequality and the many ways it matters. In our overview article, the World Bank's Branko Milanovic explains how income inequality is measured and tells us that it's increased in most countries. The good news, he says, is that global inequality--between countries--could be on the downturn.
On the 12th of January 2010, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake which struck some 10 miles Southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince. Recording 7.0 on the Richter scale, it left 220,000 people dead, over 300,000 more injured. Haiti’s already inadequate infrastructure was also severely affected as the earthquake damaged or destroyed as many as 250,000 homes according to the Haitian government - leaving around 1.5 million people homeless – and 4,000 schools. Already one of the poorest countries in the world, the earthquake was a natural disaster that the country could well have done without.
It is more than five years ago that German businessmen made a proposal to pay more taxes. They earned more than enough, so they said, and were willing to pay more than the German State was asking them. But as far as I know, the government didn’t listen. Or maybe they told the government not to listen. Who knows?
Audit of the Federal Reserve Reveals $16 Trillion in Secret Bailouts
The first ever GAO(Government Accountability Office) audit of the Federal Reserve was carried out in the past few months due to the Ron Paul, Alan Grayson Amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill, which passed last year. Jim DeMint, a Republican Senator, and Bernie Sanders, an independent Senator, led the charge for a Federal Reserve audit in the Senate, but watered down the original language of the house bill(HR1207), so that a complete audit would not be carried out. Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and various other bankers vehemently opposed the audit and lied to Congress about the effects an audit would have on markets. Nevertheless, the results of the first audit in the Federal Reserve's nearly 100 year history were posted on Senator Sander's webpage earlier this morning.