This paper argues that activists and corporations in extractive industries depend on each other for power. This might seem to be a positive outcome for social development. However, activists do not always have a positive impact on social development. In fact, relying too much on activist interventions creates a risk of government and public complacency,… Read more »
Paving a national avenue on top of a complex network of trails: Contentions around mineral extraction in Ecuador24/07/2014 - Source: UNRISD | News & Views | English
Since his election in 2007, Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa has embarked on a post-neoliberal development strategy based on mineral extraction. The main justification of the government for promoting mineral extraction is that it will serve the ‘national interest’ and provide the resources to finance social policy. Although mineral wealth, if properly managed, can contribute to… Read more »
Much recent development thinking has considered the ability of the private sector to play a developmental role in areas lacking a state presence. This think piece casts doubt onto this perspective by assessing the obstacles that the Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) has faced in enacting CSR policies in the Niger Delta. It suggests that… Read more »
Over the past decade, there has been rapid growth and expansion of the extractive industries the Amazon, accompanied by a rise in social mobilization and conflicts. This think piece scrutinizes the discourses that have been used, and are still being used, to legitimize powerful actors’ interventions in the extractive industries and local social development in… Read more »
Sign up for the International Diploma of cooperatives and organizations of social economy and solidarity management24/07/2014 - Source: CICOPA
The Andalusian School of Social Economy has opened the registrations for the International Diploma of cooperatives and organizations of Social and Solidarity Economy management until August 29, 2014. This is particularly aimed at cooperative managers in Latin America. The program will be developed in Andalusia (Spain) from 21 September to 9 October 2014. It is… Read more »
Chile used to be one of the most important areas of development for worker cooperatives, exceeding three thousand companies. During the brutal repression of the dictatorship and decades of neoliberalism, these companies had virtually been destroyed. The worker cooperative movement in the Americas is now taking the first steps to support cooperatives in this country,… Read more »
5 Reasons It’s Time for the 4-Day Work Week By Lynn Stuart Parramore SolidarityEconomy.net via alternet July 21, 2014 | Psst: Working less is the key to success. Want to make employees happier and more productive? Give them a four-day work week. The concept was introduced in the 1950s by American labor union leader Walter… Read more »
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ISMAIL BIN IBRAHIM, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority. MUAR-born DATUK ISMAIL BIN IBRAHIM received his early education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar and went on to study town planning at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is registered with the Board of Town Planners Malaysia and started his career in the civil… Read more »
Ismail Bin Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority. MUAR-born Datuk Ismail Bin Ibrahim received his early education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar and went on to study town planning at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is registered with the Board of Town Planners Malaysia and started his career in the civil… Read more »
The Chairman and Managing Director of Exim Bank of India, Mr. Yaduvendra Mathur, signed a multilateral financial cooperation agreement for financing innovation with the Chairmen/Presidents of other member- development banks of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations in the presence of Heads of States/Governments of the BRICS countries on Tuesday, July 15,… Read more »
Korean Development Bank CEO Mr. Hong Ky-ttack has vowed to strengthen its support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with advance policy financing. Mr. Ky-ttack said during a Business Leaders Forum in Seoul that SMEs should be the main players of the government’s creativity-based economic paradigm. He added that KDB will lead in the advanced… Read more »
Ottawa, Canada-based International Financial Consulting Ltd. (IFCL) is currently developing a risk hedging instrument for the German development bank, KfW, for its own balance sheet needs. In particular, IFCL is advising KfW on the establishment of a new insurance vehicle to help it and other European development finance institutions (DFIs) manage country and sector limits…. Read more »