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Issue 6/Nov-Dec 2011

The donors' underperformance
With the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, getting closer, civil society organizations don't hide their disappointment about the expected results of the gathering. In the relative obscurity of closed-door meetings, donor governments are making last-minute attempts to renege on their aid transparency commitments.
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G20: The wrong forum for development policy
While the G20 efforts to manage global aggregate demand, exchange rate management and stronger regulation of the international financial sector have not worked out quite as planned, in Cannes the Group was further solidifying its role in directing the system of multilateral institutions.
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Reality of German aid is changing under Niebel
In November 2011, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is celebrating its 50th anniversary.The new Minister, Dirk Niebel of the (neo)-liberal FDP has launched a 'radical change of course'. In the recent edition of the Reality of Aid shadow report the change is analyzed.
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Protecting the City of London
At the G20 in Cannes, a growing group of countries from France to Brazil backed the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), and the link between the FTT and fighting poverty and climate change became clearer than ever. Following the G20, on 8 November George Osborne met with EU Finance Ministers in Brussels, and with France and Germany as big supporters, the FTT was on the agenda.
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How speculators are driving food prices
Financial institutions like Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs are speculating with food at the expense of the poorest. According to a new report titled "Die Hunger-Macher" ("The Hunger Makers"), there is a close connection between speculation and rising food prices.
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Issue 5/Sep-Oct 2011

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