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The Gendered Costs of Austerity: assessing the IMF’s role in budget cuts which threaten women’s rights

Resources - Author: Kate Donald, Nicholas Lusiani / Year: 2017

This briefing paper provides a brief assessment of the changing role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF or the Fund) with regards to one key fiscal consolidation measure: contractions in public expenditure. The briefing explores the Fund’s positive and negative influence over public expenditure decisions, and further explains how...

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IMF Monitor

Resources - Year: 2017

The website makes the first comprehensive and transparent database of IMF-mandated policy reforms  freely available to interested researchers and civil society organizations. The database systematizes the 58,406 conditions applicable to IMF programmes over the 1980-2014 period. The data was extracted from countries’ loan agreements with the IMF. This resource enables...

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Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017: governance and fiscal management

Resources - Author: Hamza Ali Malik, Hongjoo Hahm, Shamshad Akhtar / Year: 2017

Economic growth in Asia-Pacific economies, although steady, is modest compared with its recent historical trend amid prolonged weak external demand and its ramifications, such as subdued investment and rising trade protectionism. While robust economic growth is not a sufficient condition for achieving broader development goals, the lack of it...

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The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index

Resources - Author: Matthew Martin, Max Lawson / Year: 2017

In 2015, the leaders of 193 governments promised to reduce inequality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without reducing inequality, meeting the SDG to eliminate poverty will be impossible. Now Development Finance International and Oxfam have produced the first index to measure the commitment of governments to...

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Social Protection and Climate Change: How did the Philippines combine emergency relief with lasting protection after Haiyan?

Resources - Year: 2017

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines’ Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) provided emergency employment opportunities to affected populations, and affiliated participants to several social insurance schemes. Nearly 80,000 programme participants received immediate relief after the typhoon struck in 2013, and were enrolled in the national...

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Reclaiming Policies for the Public: Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture and their impact on sustainability and inequality — assessments and alternatives

Resources - Year: 2017

In the 2030 Agenda governments committed to a revitalized Global Partnership between States and declared that public finance has to play a vital role in achieving the SDGs. But in recent decades, the combination of neoliberal ideology, corporate lobbying, business-friendly fiscal policies, tax avoidance and tax evasion has led...

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Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate

Resources - Year: 2017

Climate change is one of many forces contributing to an unfolding water crisis. In the coming years, the demand for water will increase as food production grows, populations grow and move, industries develop and consumption increases. This can lead to water stress, as increasing demand and use of water...

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Human Development Report 2016 — Human Development for Everyone

Resources - Year: 2016

The 2016 Human Development Report focuses on how human development can be ensured for everyone — now and in the future. It starts with an account of the achievements, challenges and hopes for human progress, envisioning where humanity wants to go. Its vision draws from and builds on the...

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Report on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (A/HRC/34/57), submitted by the Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky

Resources - Author: Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky / Year: 2016

The present report is submitted by the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt on the enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 25/16. The report focuses on labour rights in the context of economic...

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Social Protection for Sustainable Development: Dialogues between Africa and Brazil

Resources - Author: Alessandra Casazza, Almudena Fernandez, Armando Barrientos, Awa Wade Sow, Bianca Suyama, Ibrahima Dia, Iván Guillermo González de Alba, Jorge Abrahão de Castro, Laura Hildebrandt, Laura Jungman, Layla Saad, Leisa Perch, Luciana Jaccoud, Luis Rodriguez, Maria Luiza Amaral Rizzotti, Mariana Santarelli, Mariana Stirbu, Renata Nowak-Garmer, Rômulo Paes-Sousa, Safiétou Ba Diop / Year: 2016

Making sustainable development a reality by 2030 will require a substantial transformation to be made to development practices. The significant increase in the number and quality of social protection systems throughout the Global South brings renewed hope and enthusiasm. In Africa, 48 countries have established flagship programmes, with more...

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The Role of Social Protection Programmes in Supporting Education in Conflict-Affected Situations

Resources - Author: Rebecca Holmes / Year: 2010

This background paper examines the role of social protection programmes in supporting education in conflict-affected contexts. Drawing on existing literature, the paper looks at the impact, design and implementation issues of social protection programme experience in conflict, protracted crisis and post-conflict contexts, including in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of...

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