• By Aileen Kwa
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) has often been portrayed as the pinnacle of the multilateral system of global economic governance.
    Why it has achieved this reputation is puzzling since it is one of the most undemocratic organizations around. Formally speaking, the WTO is a one-country, one-vote system. Yet actual decision-making is done by a process called “consensus,” in which the big trading powers impose a consensus arrived at among  themselves on the rest of the body. In the WTO, formal parliamentary sessions where decisions are made in democratic institutions are reserved for speechmaking.
    Real decisions are made in backrooms by informal caucuses whose members are not determined by formal rules and votes but by informal agreement among significant players.
  • By Hemant Morparia and Anant Kulkarni

    Publisher: YUVA and Focus o­n the Global South-India Programme

    This publication wasproduced by YUVA and the Focus_India Programme in the light of the communal carnage that racked the Indian State of Gujarat in 2002.

    The damage to life and property in the three month long carnage was considerable, but pales into insignificance when compared to the deper and long lasting socio-cultural wounds that it left behind.

    The book is a compilation of politically hard hitting cartoons and those with a message of hope in the darkness of communal animosity and religious hatred.

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  • Too hot to handle: The Samut Prakan Wastewater Management Project Inspection Process

    Khlong Dan Community Writes to the ADB President
    Controversial Report Poisons Board-Management Relations at ADB
    By : Walden Bello
    Evading Responsibility: The Asian Development Bank and the Inspection Function
    By : Shalmali Guttal
    Call for Goverment to Review Mega-Projects Tainted by Graft
    By : Onnucha Hutasingh and Sunthorn Pongpao
    Dirty Business in Samut Prakan
    By : Chang Noi
    Inspection Report on Samut Prakarn Shakes Asian Development Bank
    By : Walden Bello
    Summary of the Final Report of the Inspection Panel on Samut Prakarn Wastewater  Management Project
    Summary of the Report and Recommendation of the Inspection Committee to The Board of Directors of the ADB on Inspection Request
    Interventions by Directors representing various Countries at the ADB Board meeting held on 25th of March 2002

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  • Good Governance or Bad management:An overview of ADB's Decision making Processes and Policies

    A collection articles that pry open the ADB's claim to good governance and demand a fresh look at the decision making processes within the ADB. 

  • Annual Report 2001

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  • Published April 2001

    A compilation of articles o­n the Asian Development Bank, its policies and impacts. This book was produced coinciding with the ADB annual general meeting in Honolulu in May 2001.

    Profiting from poverty (161 Kb) PDF


    Table of Contents:

    1. The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Asian Development Bank’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, by Shalmali Guttal

    2. The Asian Development Bank, Capital Flows and the Privatization of Infrastructure Projects in the South, by Chris Adams

    3.Taking stock of the Motives and Interests in ADB’s Private Sector Operations, by Jenina Joy Chavez

    4. The Paradigm Crisis behind the Power Crisis, by Walden Bello

    5. South Asia Growth Quadrangle: Some Developmental and Political Contradictions, by Raghav Narsalay

    6. Privatizing Power in the Philippines: Cure Worse than the Disease, by Walden Bello

    7. Dam Misconduct in Lao PDR, by Grainne Ryder

    8. ADB in Indonesia: Alleviate Poverty or Enhance Poverty? by Nadia Hadad


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  • Annual Report 2000

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  • May 2001

    Focus o­n the Global South

    A compilation of articles o­n the ADB, its policies and impacts. This book was produced coinciding with the ADB annual general meeting in Honolulu from the 7th-11th of May 2001.

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  • The Future in the Balance: Essays o­n Globalization and Resistance

    By Walden Bello


    Publisher: Food First and Focus o­n the Global South

    Date of Publication: May 2001

    "The Future in the balance clearly and eloquently explains the true causes of the financial crisis-the institutions that advocated free market economies based o­n the principles of liberalization, deregulation and privatization. Bello tells the truth about the world trade Organization, international Monetary fund and the World Bank, and their grip o­n the third world. He shatters the myths of development as prescribed by these institutions and offers possibilities of another world based o­n fairness and justice."

    -The New Internationalist



  • Prague 2000:Why we need to decommission the IMF and the World Bank

    By Walden Bello, Nicola Bullard, Jaques-Chai Chomthongdi, Chris Adams and Shalmali Guttal

    September 2000

    Focus on the Global South

    A compilation of articles that argue that the "focus of our efforts these days is not to try to reform the multilateral agencies but to deepen the crisis of legitimacy of the whole system." and that that no matter what "reforms" the international financial institutions pull out of the hat this year, they should be judged against the historical record.


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