Category: The Commons

The Commons encompass access, rights and governance of land, forests, water and other natural, social and economic wealth in South and Southeast Asia. Across the region, local populations in rural and urban areas are experiencing both erosion and capture of the commons, spurred by industrial agriculture, extractive industry, large infrastructure, property and real estate booms, urbanization, bio-piracy, replacement of indigenous seeds by genetically engineered varieties, and commodification and financialization of nature. Read more

Shalmali Guttal, May 2, 2001 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has started off on the wrong foot with its Hawaiian hosts in preparation for the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for May 7-11 in Honolulu. Despite attempts on both sides–the ADB and the Hawaiian Tourism Authority (HTA)-to po …

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Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South* (Presentation at the Seminar “Alternatives to Neoliberalism,” Bangkok, Thailand, February 9, 2000)   The Shrimp-Turtle Controversy and Unilateralism   The trade and environment nexus has become seriously contested ground in the North and South al …

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By Shalmali Guttal Development Equals Economic Globalisation The first Preparatory Committee (Prepcom) Meeting for Financing for Development (FFD), held in the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York from February 12 – 23, seemed unable to move beyond an over simplified equation between develop …

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By Nicola Bullard The International Monetary Fund’s new managing director’s intention to “drive change from within the institution rather than have it imposed from outside”(1) does not inspire confidence, given the Fund’s dismal record of reform so far.In the past three years a lot of ink has been s …

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By Shalmali Guttal   Briefing notes o­n New Forms of Debt at the Asia Pacific Assembly o­n Debt and Development Bangkok, Thailand, October 8-12, 2000 One of the most distinct characteristics of economic globalisation in developing and transitional countries has been the gradual wit …

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By Shalmali Guttal What’s New at the ADB? The Asian Development Bank (ADB) now asserts that poverty reduction is its overarching institutional goal. It claims that all its other strategic objectives–economic growth, human development, sound environmental management and improving the status of women …

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By Shalmali Guttal While poverty has been the centerpiece of development debates for quite a while, conversations have taken rather ugly turns of late in some circles. Uncannily, the more multilateral and other international institutions get pushed into the spotlight to account for the vast amounts …

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By Nicola Bullard THE reputation of the World Bank lies in tatters this week following news that Dr Ravi Kanbur, team leader and principal author of this year’s World Development Report, had resigned in protest at attempts by the US treasury to ‘water down’ his message.While Kanbur’s resignation did …

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By Chris Adams Has the World Bank changed? In particular, do recent changes in senior management mark a significant break with the past? On the face of it, Wolfensohn has broken with tradition, appointing several “outsiders” to key positions which had previously been filled by staff who …

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By Shalmali Guttal   The latest policy product of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) – the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) – is unlikely to make a dent o­n either poverty or o­n the institutions as they are proving to be little more than hurriedly w …

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