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Issue 4/Jul-Aug 2009

Contents

* The EU Presidency Outlook for Development: From the Czech Republic to Sweden
Sweden takes over the EU Presidency from the Czech Republic during a crucial period for the renewal of EU institutions, and for EU leadership on issues impacting development. The Czech presidency’s EU agenda was already hit by the financial crisis well before its own government fell apart. The Swedish presidency now enters the summer with the financial and economic crisis and climate change at the top of its priorities. By Denise Auclair

* Discussing Tax Havens: The Case of Luxembourg. Questions from a development perspective
Functioning taxation systems are of primary importance for development policy. This applies as much to the tax levy within developing countries as well as their capacity to prevent tax and capital flight. Taxation is the most important instrument for mobilising internal financial resources for the development process. Gradually aid in the establishment of an efficient taxation system is gaining significance as part of bilateral development cooperation. By Rainer Falk

* "Dead Aid" or Recovering Patient? Dambisa Moyo's book as an opportunity
Dambisa Moyo’s book “Dead Aid” (see reference) has created quite a storm within the development community, which struggles with an appropriate response. However, the reactions have been too defensive, according to Eveline Herfkens. She sees Moyo’s book as a great opportunity for a public discussion regarding aid effectiveness and trade, for which it has always been hard to get attention.

* The Economic Crisis in South Asia: Its impact on women and children and emerging responses
In South Asia, an estimated additional 100 million persons have fallen into food insecurity and poverty since 2007, as fallout of the 2008 food price crisis and the global economic recession. Even before the food, fuel and financial crises, roughly 300 million people - more than 1 in 5 of South Asia’s population – were exposed to hunger and malnutrition. By Gabriele Köhler

* Designing the New Developmental State. UNCTAD’s recent LDC report
The world economic crisis, which has hit least developed countries (LDCs) severely, should be a point of departure for a new development approach in which the state plays a greater role, UNCTAD argues in its Least Developed Countries Report 2009 (see reference). The report is subtitled "The State and Development Governance" and revises old dogmas of Western development theory. A WDEV summary

* Seperately (as free content): The European Civil Society Round-Up

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