Alliance2015 has just published its fifth 2015-Watch. This year’s report addresses the question of whether Europe is on track to fulfil its MDG commitments. It analyses in considerable detail the extent to which the programming of European Commission (EC) aid is directed towards the achievement of the MDGs, and it finds a strong legal and policy framework, but much to be done on programming and implementation, report Birgit Dederichs-Bain and Olive Towey.
The report, The EU’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goals - Poverty Eradication: From Rhetoric to Results?, is released at a crucial time in follow up to the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (2-4 September) and in advance of the UN MDG Summit in New York (25 September). At the High Level Forum in Accra too, Europe drove an ambitious agenda for change and provided clear leadership in efforts to make global aid more effective. The UN Summit will review progress towards meeting the MDGs by 2015 and the importance of demonstrating European progress and impact in this context and beyond is undeniable ... ... this article comes up in Issue 5/Sep-Oct 2008 and is for subscribers only. For direct log in >>> click here.If you have no subscription >>> pick your option or >>>
Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.
The year 2015 was marked on the one hand by the inability of the European Union (EU) to emerge from the crisis, and on the other by a dramatic rise in the number of people taking flight from their homes and from their homelands, because of wars and terrorist attacks, in many cases caused by the destructive policies of the EU and of its member states.
The world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest improvement is projected for 2016/17 as a number of cyclical and structural headwinds persist, says the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 report. Global growth is estimated at a mere 2.4% in 2015.
Within a few weeks leftwing governments in Latin America have experienced a breath-taking decline. The Latin American (centre-) left forces suffered several strategic defeats. They occurred in the biggest Latin American economies. First in Argentina, than in Venezuela, and also in Brazil the days of an uncontested majority of left forces are definitely over now.
14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. This briefing document presents WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group's (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality.