Focus on the Global South was able to complete a major organizational restructuring in 2012, a process which began in the last quarter of 2011. Despite the considerable administrative and programmatic limitations posed by the transition, we were able to continue making significant headway in our research and campaigning during the year, through our main thematic work areas of Defending the Commons (Land, Water & Forests); Trade & Investment; and Climate & Environmental Justice under a redefined program framework now called Whose New Asia.
On behalf of the organisers of the Conference on Water Privatisation: Learning from India and International Experiences, held on 19th March 2013 in New Delhi, we are grateful to each of you for attending and participating in this conference. We appreciate you for taking the time and effort to be here. We also thank you for your participation as well as sharing your ideas and expertise.
We are also happy to share with you the detailed report of this conference. Please do let us know if you have any comment or suggestion.
Cambodia’s valuable iron-ore deposits in the northern district of Rovieng appear to be slated for a massive $11 billion construction deal by two Chinese companies – the largest development plan in Cambodia’s history. The companies involved in this project are Cambodia Iron & Steel Mining Industry Group and China Major Bridge Engineering, itself a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned China Railway Group.
Contents:Whose growth? Whose democracy?by Clarissa Militante
Voices from the countryside:Farmers speak of agrarian reform strugglesby Mary Ann Manahan
APECO's story: two visions of development contend in land grab caseby Jerik Cruz
Photos: Agrarian Reform Campaign and Consultations; FOCUS in Rio 20+ Meeting; FOCUS at the Asia-Europe Peoples' Forum 9, in Ventiane Laos
Defending water justice and democracy in Asia: alternatives to commercialization and privitizationby Mary Ann Manahan, Buenaventura Dargantes, Cheryl Batistel
The Link between Emission Cuts, Right to Development and Transformation of Capitalist System
Humanity is running out of time. If there are no deep and real cuts in the next five years the impacts of climate change will lead to a situation ten times worse than what we have seen with hurricane Sandy and other climate change related events in India, Russia, Philippines and Africa in this past year.
That's what happens with 0.8ºC of global warming, and the current climate negotiations are leading us to a 4ºC to 8ºC scenario.
Since first being announced a decade ago, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has been heralded as a revolutionary solution to corruption and related difficulties that extractive industries bring to developing countries.
This paper discusses the world’s first-ever political risk insurance policy for a forest carbon offset project, provided by the U.S. Government’s development finance agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). This project aims to protect 64,318 hectares of forests in Oddar Meanchey Province, in Northwest Cambodia. The paper presents the concept of OPIC's political risk insurance and describes the agency’s past and current developmental and environmental financing practices.
Our analysis, and that of many communities and organisations across Asia, is that the CDM is an extension of the generalised approach to big project and energy intensive development that has systematically marginalised indigenous peoples and local communities and over- exploited the Earth. The “clean development mechanism” is, quite simply, a mechanism that allows polluters to avoid binding emissions reductions in one location, while shifting emissions to another location.
Climate finance is a key element of a global agreement to address the impacts of climate change. Billions of dollars will flow to developing countries and it is essential that this money goes to meeting the needs of those most vulnerable to these devastating impacts and is not lost to corruption and poor governance. It is also important to recognise that the amounts of funding, the number