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Shared Global Shared Societies Agenda – a Club de Madrid proposal!

Club de Madrid Proposes a “Shared Societies Agenda” During IMF-WB Spring Meetings

The Club de Madrid, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Center of Concern’s Rethinking Bretton Woods Project jointly organised a Conference on “A Global Shared Societies Agenda: A Strategy to promote social cohesion for sustainable development and growth” at the International Money Fund-World Bank Spring Meetings in April, 22nd, 2012 co-chaired by Club de Madrid Members John Bruton and Petre Roman and IMF’s Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Review Department, Hugh Bredenkamp. The meeting’s goal was to promote discussion among influential current and former policymakers and key thinkers in the context of the 2012 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The Club de Madrid and its partners believe the the linkages between reform of the international financial and monetary system and the prioritization of policies that promote equitable and shared societies must be pursued together in order to achieve sustainable development and growth.

The conveners of the meeting will come up with a first draft of A Shared Societies Agenda that will be circulated among the participants for endorsement, and that will be formally presented to the IMF Management –among other organisations- as a next step following the conference.

Read here the program of the session:



Maastricht Podcast Series! Sara Burke, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung New York

We have a new podcast episode! Sara Burke, Senior Policy Analyst at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (New York Office) speaks about her paper “An International Crisis of Social Justice, Occupy Wall Street and the Realm of Policy”.

Listen here the podcast

About Sara Burke:

Sara focuses on economic and social policies discussed within the United Nations, the IMF, World Bank and G20. She has edited publications on sovereign debt crises, financial crises, financial regulation, the G20 and the global reserve system. Since coming to the FES in 2008, Sara has organized conferences at Brookings, the United Nations, Columbia University and the World Bank on issues in global governance including financing sustainable energy policies, reforming the world reserve system, re-defining paradigms of development, regulation of banks excessive risk, and addressing the consequences of the 2008-9 financial crisis on developing countries. She worked previously producing web features for Time.com, CondeNet and the webzine Gloves Off. Sara has a Masters in Communication from Stanford University, graduate work in economics at the New School for Social Research, and a BA from Reed College.

Sara Burke

A new proposal: Social Growth!

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has published an illuminating and fascinating new policy brief: Social Growth: Model of a Progressive Economic Policy. The FES’ proposal calls for a progressive economic policy model: “The aim is to develop a growth model that combines prosperity for all with sustainability and justice. Its primary target is Germany, but it is also intended to apply to Europe and globally”.

As outlined in the brief’s initial page:

  • Although the progressive economic policy proposed here is focused directly on overcoming the economic and social crisis by means of social and therefore fairly structured growth, its indirect aim is to alleviate the environmental and political crisis in which Germany, Europe and the world find themselves in.
  • Social growth, with its focus on education, health, care and climate protection, puts less pressure on natural resources than the conventional market-driven growth model. It also delivers the results that people expect from democratic politics, namely jobs and a share in the prosperity these jobs create.
  • In this way, social growth confers a legitimacy on democracy that seems to have been lost, not so much because of mistrust in its procedures, but rather the paucity of socially acceptable outcomes – in other words, states’ inability to govern markets in the interests of society

Please find attcahed below a copy of the report for yourselves!

Social Growth: Model of a Progressive Economic Policy – a Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation publication.

Perú – next step for SSP?

Our Programme Officer, Carla Fernández-Durán, is now on a survey mission in Peru working together with Werner Puschra, who is the Executive Director of the New York office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and expert advisor for the Shared Societies Project.

Club de Madrid promueve reducción de desigualdades en el Perú

Here you can see both of them speaking at the Centro Nacional de Planeamiento Estratégico (CEPLAN) - Puschra is seated first from the left and Carla is the only woman in the photo.

Club de Madrid is evaluating the possibility of carrying out a Shared Societies Project in Perú. We are now working in South Africa and Kyrgyzstan, so this could be a perfect chance for improving our work and adding a Latin American country to SSP!


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