The Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy was convened to produce the most thorough independent economic analysis of the current international drug control strateg ever conducted. It aims to use this analysis to design a successor strategy to the failed global war on drugs. In so doing it will provide the academic underpinnings for a new international paradigm that promotes human security, public health and sustainable development.
The UK and the Netherlands commissioned distinguished scholars and experts to study the social and clinical harms of khat. These experts argued that any harms associated with khat did not require a criminal law response. In rejecting that conclusion and banning khat, these two governments have created an enabling environment for organized criminal networks and may exacerbate racial discrimination in drug law enforcement. Moreover, these policies put in danger the livelihood of thousands of people in some of the world’s lowest-income settings.
Drug courts have spread across the country, yet available research does not support their continued expansion. Most drug courts do not reduce imprisonment, do not save money or improve public safety, and fail to help those struggling with drug problems. The drug court model must be corrected to play a more effective role in improving the wellbeing of people involved in the criminal justice system who suffer substance misuse problems – while preserving scarce public safety resources.
Pleiten en beïnvloeden is geen one size fits all-aanpak; het vraagt om complementariteit en mondiale samenwerking van organisaties en vooral ook om uithoudingsvermogen. Maar dan heb je ook wat! Aan de hand van 10 succesfactoren deelt de Fair, Green and Global Alliantie haar ervaringen.
'Policy Shift' identifies ten key policy changes that are required to support just alternative agriculture investments. The approach integrates human rights into the core of decision-making and is informed by practical, on-the-ground examples of positive agricultural investments that benefit both small-scale farmers and communities.
Tandis que la superficie totale de terres agricoles recule nettement en Europe, elle devient également de plus en plus concentrée dans les mains de quelques grands exploitants et importantes entités commerciales privées, qui bénéficient d'injection massice de fonds publics.
While the overall amount of agricultural land in Europe is shrinking, it is also becoming increasingly concentrated in a few large landholdings and in the hands of relatively few big private business entities.
Graham Boyd, Sarah Trumble, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky
11 April 2014
Despite a federal prohibition on marijuana possession, sale, and use, Colorado and Washington recently became the first states to enact laws legalizing the recreational use of this drug. Although the Obama Administration has taken steps to attempt to deal with this evolving situation, we believe the status quo is untenable and Congress must act to provide certainty and a framework for these states moving forward. This report explains the problem and offers a solution.
Reorienting Development analyses what the nature, advantages, limitations and challenges of public companies are. It also offers new theoretical and conceptual insights on the nature and roles of the state and the controversial meanings of development.
TNI was there, when Wageningen University witnessed the dynamism of the modern food movement, at a two day conference that shared views on farming, research, advocacy and activism, and a commitment to transforming our food and agriculture systems
From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control. Public Service workers and their fellow community members are not only defending public services but are also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to the people's needs and desires.
Tomando nota de las estrategias de autorregulación de los usuarios, se pueden diseñar modelos innovadores para los servicios y las políticas de drogas, reforzando la reducción de daños como enfoque alternativo al modelo basado en la enfermedad.
E’ possibile disegnare nuovi modelli operativi per i servizi ma anche nuove politiche delle droghe prendendo spunto dalle strategie di autoregolazione dei consumatori e rafforzando la Riduzione del danno come modello di interpretazione del consumo di droga e di politiche pubbliche alternativo al modello patologico (disease).
In molti paesi europei e al di fuori dell’Europa, esiste un ampio corpo di ricerche sui consumatori di cocaina reclutati al di fuori dei canali istituzionali (studi cioè basati su campioni di soggetti non contattati attraverso i servizi per le dipendenze o attraverso le istituzioni giudiziarie). Questi studi mostrano una varietà di modelli e traiettorie di consumo diversi dal consumo “additivo”.
It is time for a closer look at the self-serving claim by nuclear weapons states that one of the greatest dangers is that of nuclear weapons being built or falling into the hands of ‘terrorist groups’.
By taking cues from users’ self-regulation strategies, it is possible to design innovative operational models for drug services as well as drug policies, strengthening Harm Reduction as an alternative approach to the disease model.
Cannabis was condemned by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as a psychoactive drug with “particularly dangerous properties” and hardly any therapeutic value. Ever since, an increasing number of countries have shown discomfort with the treaty regime’s strictures through soft defections, stretching its legal flexibility to sometimes questionable limits.