NEW REPORT from Focus on the Global South in collaboration with Intercultural Resources

Economic Liberalisation and Gender Dynamics in Traditional Small-Scale Fisheries: Reflections on the proposed EU-India Free Trade Agreement
August 2010


The potential escalation in the military expenditures worldwide and especially in South Asia has been drawing global attention for a long time. The Focus team has been working on a campaign for reduction in the defence expenditures; this paper is a part of our ongoing campaign and to further strengthen efforts being made for a peaceful world. Weapons are not needed to protect any society and thus the justifications given by the governments, fall flat.

6 July 2010, Manila, Philippines-- On the day that Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo finally leaves the presidency, think tank FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL SOUTH unveils its farewell present for Glori-- a book called "Project 2010: Confronting the Legacy of the GMA Regime."

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is a scheme under an international climate change agreement that allows developed countries to buy “credits” from projects that supposedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, instead of cutting their own emissions domestically. In so doing, the scheme claims to be mitigating climate change while also promoting sustainable development. 

The Indian retail sector, which traditionally has been the source of livelihood for millions of small scale entrepreneurs, is witnessing a dramatic shift in terms of organisation – from the traditional family-run small shops and street markets to modern formats of retailing such as mega-stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets. The entry of organised corporate retail in the country and its subsequent expansion at a fast pace has led to a widespread debate on its pros and cons.

India is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, yet it has played a central role in a counterproductive global climate agenda pushed the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and large corporations. India now hosts more registered greenhouse gas emission reduction projects – via the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) – than any nation except China.

We are pleased to share with you the release of the FOCUS ON THE PHILIPPINES 2009 YEARBOOK: Extreme Weather Events. The 320-page publication covers key issues and events in the Philippines. The book was first shared with Focus friends and partners during our 15th Year Anniversary Celebration last January 20, 2010.

To request for a copy, please contact: Lourdes Torres at [email protected], +632 4330899

In 2009, Focus’ activities in the Reclaiming the Commons programme spanned local, national regional and international levels. We were able to achieve a good balance of research, writing, mobilisations, train- ing and public education, and network- ing with social movements and organisa- tions at multiple levels. 

Focus continued to deepen its understanding of and involve- ment in climate change and climate jus- tice campaigning and worked to build the climate justice movement.