Publications

Civic Driven Change - A concise guide to the basics

Alan Fowler
April 2009

This short booklet introduces new ideas about how civil society is taking charge in guiding development by taking key roles in society to respond to the most pressing issues the world faces such as poverty, injustice, conflict and environmental degradation.

The European Union: promoter of regional integration in Latin America?

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Alberto Arroyo Picard, Graciela Rodríguez, Norma Castañeda Bustamante
April 2009

An examination of the contrast between the EU‘s professed aims for supporting regional integration in Latin America with the actual experiences of the different regions in LA with which the EU is seeking to sign Association Agreements.

A partnership among equals?

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Report
April 2009

The proposed EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement aims for reciprocal and progressive liberalization of substantially all goods and services. The EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign initiated in 2007 a research project that would examine the nature and scope of EU-ASEAN Relations. This report consists of studies of Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Changing the flow

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Report
March 2009

Twelve brief interviews with water activists from Latin America as well
as declarations from a historic gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in
August, 2008

Von Marokko Bis Afghanistan

March 2009

Die arabischen Länder des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens werden bei uns meist nur dann wahrgenommen, wenn über Kriege und politische Gewalt berichtet wird. Militärische Besatzung, Widerstand und terroristische Anschläge bestimmen unser Bild der Region, ohne dass die Hintergründe und Ursachen der Konflikte verstanden werden.

Profiting without producing: the financial crisis as an opportunity to create a world solidarity economy

Paper
March 2009

Increasingly centered on and subordinated to the financial sector, the global economy, based on the myth of "infinite" growth and resource exploitation, has come up against serious limits. New forms of development which put people at the center, rather than profit, urgently need addressing.

Underneath a veneer of "prosperity" the majority of the world's population lives in conditions of permanent insecurity or crisis. This paper focuses on the key manifestations of the global financial crisis, briefly examines its immediate causes as well as its deeper systemic factors, then advances a key proposal: things can be done differently if we choose to see the crisis as an opportunity for profound socio-economic, political and cultural change, and decide to act accordingly.

Public-public partnerships (PUPs) in water

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David Hall, Emanuele Lobina, Violeta Corral, Olivier Hoedeman, Martin Pigeon
March 2009

Out of sight of many global policy-makers, a growing number of public sector water companies have been engaged, in a great variety of ways, in helping others develop the capacity to be effective and accountable public services.

Public service reform - But not as we know it! (Picnic Publishing, 2009)

Matthew Little
March 2009

"A fascinating and lively account of how it is by strengthening democracy, involving workers and citizens we can transform our public services. It truly kicks privatisation into touch!" (Baroness Helena Kennedy)

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2009 Rio de Janeiro

Report
February 2009

The fifth meeting of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogues in Latin America focused on the UNGASS review process and the Political Declaration to be adopted at the high-level segment of the 52nd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna on March 11-12, 2009.

From rural livelihoods to agricultural growth

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Lies Craeynest
February 2009

This paper examines the policies and practices on land of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. After a market-led approach to land distribution in the 1980s, DFID made some changes towards a rights-based land policy, but this has since regressed.

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