Archive for June 29, 2012

Social Cohesion, Social Inequality and Social Participation in India

Protap Mukherjee on Social Cohesion, Social Inequality and Social Participation in India, at the Shared Societies International Workshop held in Maastricht(May 2012).

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Protap Mukherjee is Research Associate at National Population Stabilisation Fund

Rio+20 interactive: is the world getting better or worse?

Another generational one in a lifetime summit has drawn to a conclusion, the Rio + 20 ‘The Future We Want’ has come and gone – however, twenty years on since the original 1992 Rio Earth Summit, can we conlude that the world is today a better place?

The Guardian, in collaboration with Kiln, this week brings you brings you an interactive guide to help better inform you on the progress made towards global sustainable development over the course of the last 20 years.

Take a moment to click below and review for yourself the the evidence on a range of factors including population, life expectancy, child mortality, ecological footprint, poverty, hunger, food production, GDP, social change, life satisfaction, battle deaths and biodiversity.

Judge for yourself whether collectively we’re making the world a better place for all!

Rio+20 interactive: is the world getting better or worse?DECIDE NOW!


2011 goes down in the annals of history as globally, one of the must tumultuous on record over the course of the last 50 years. The Arab Spring and an economic crisis reverberating across the planet’s continents typify this upheaval, which has had profound implications for social cohesion worldwide.

New UNHCR data also reveals that in 2011 alone 800,000 new refugees were displaced worldwide. 2011 marks a record upsurge in the number of people forcefully displaced, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000. This week, The Guardian’s Global Development team provided a digital and interactive breakdown of the above mentioned UNHCR data, a sample of which is provided below, along with a link to a map through which you can explore in greater detail these findings.

  • Afghanistan still produces more refugees than any other country – 3,054,709 – followed by Iraq and Somalia
  • The US and the UK produced as well as accepted refugees in 2011 – US: 3,778 (+24.9%) and UK: 150 (-2.2%)
  • Côte d’Ivoire has seen a 270% increase in just one year, and Libya +89.9%
  • 4.3m people were newly displaced
  • In many countries, the majority of people “of concern” to the UNHCR are children aged under 18 – 72% in Eritrea, for example



Global Shared Societies Agenda: Promoting Long-Term Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

Global Shared Societies Agenda: Promoting Long-Term Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

The Club de Madrid’s official side event in Rio+20 is an opportunity to unveil the Global Shared Societies Agenda, a joint initiative Club de Madrid, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Center of Concern aimed at promoting long-term inclusive and sustainable growth developed during a seminar in April 2012 in the context of the Spring meetings of the IMF/World Bank, in which representatives of different international organizations took part.

There is a growing concern about current levels of overall inequality and theirnegative impact on economic performance. Equally Shared Societies are not only inherent desirable but they too offer an economic dividend. The costs of social divisions, and of missing out on the Shared Society dividend may be significant and the ultimate consequences for the sustainability of human economic and social life, devastating. The Global Shared societies Agenda is intended to guide on what policy options provide the best opportunities to encourage greater equality, inclusion and sharing and thereby facilitate the creation of a more effective, efficient and sustainable economic system.

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Marcelo Giugale on Tackling Development…

Catch on the Huffington Post the latest epistle on current trends in international development from Marcelo Giugale, the World Bank’s Director of Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction Programmes for Africa.

This time round, Mr Giugale asks his readership, ‘What have economists learned about indigenous peoples?’ UNESCO estimates state that some 350 million people globally qualify as being officially ‘indigenous’.

According to Mr Giugale, indigenous peoples account for 5% of the world’s population, yet staggeringly constitute 10% of the World’s poor. Take a look at the below posted discussion to see how collectively, the international community can seek to reverse these trends, and delve further into the debate by reviewing World Bank policy brief on the economics of indigenous communities.

Marcelo Giugale: What Have Economists Learned About Indigenous Peoples?

Indigenous Peoples – Still among the poorest of the poor



The #FutureWeWant

The #FutureWeWant

Club de Madrid Official Side Event in Rio+20!

The central message coming from the Club de Madrid official high-level side event “Sustainable Development in an Unequal world” in Rio+20 is that environmental justice requires social justice and social justice cannot be achieved without greater equality of income and wealth between countries and within countries. The event focused on the relationship and interdependence between the economy, social justice and the environment. It addressed the high and increasing worldwide inequality between those who pollute most through wasteful use of natural resources, and those who suffer the effects of pollution. It pointed to the fact that the world´s most affluent one billion people have a lifestyle which negatively affects and pollutes the other six billion´s air, water, land, foodstuffs and undermines their right to a decent life.

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