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Begrenzung von Monopolmacht entscheidend für sozial-ökologischen Wandel

05.12.2023 | Anfang November 2023 ging es bei unserer Konferenz [<Monopolmacht gemeinsam zurückdrängen>] im Frankfurter Haus am Dom um das Thema Monopolmacht. Welche Folgen hat die zu groß gewordene Macht von Konzernen auf uns, lokal und global? Wie beeinflusst sie Wirtschaft, Umwelt, Gesellschaft und die Demokratie? Und wie können wir sie zurückdrängen?

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Fachdialog: Umsteigen bitte! Faire Beschaffung von E-Fahrzeugen

16.11.2023 | Ein Dialog über Möglichkeiten der öffentlichen Hand, Verkehrs- und Ressourcenwende nachhaltiger zu gestalten.

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Civil Society Policy Papers from Spring Meetings

20.05.2004: This years Spring Meetings saw a lot of activity from Civil Society, marking the 60th anniversary of the World Bank and IMF. A number of policy papers were produced on a range of topics relating to PRSPs, Debt and Adjustment.

Both Actionaid and World Vision produced papers on conditionality. The ActionAid paper focuses particularly on conditionality related to privatization of essential services such as water. The World Vision paper looks in particular at the role of the IMF in imposing conditions as a part of its loans.

On Debt, a critique of the new debt sustainability framework being discussed by the WB and IMF was prepared by Henry Northover at CAFOD, and signed on to by a number of agencies. In addition, Christian Aid joined forces with AFRODAD to pull together a paper on the contraction of new loans, and particularly the minimal say that people have in the new debt their governments are signing up to. Lastly FOSDEH, a leading Honduran NGO produced a case study of Honduras, looking at the role of the IMF and how the MDGs will never be reached if things continue as they are (the Fund were instrumental in holding up $400 million of debt relief and aid, on the grounds that Honduran Government is paying its teachers too much!).

On PRSPs, CIDSE/ Caritas have produced an overview paper outlining their critique of PRSP looking at work across 19 countries. ActionAid USA produced a particularly challenging paper, calling into question whether Civil Society should be involved in PRSP at all given the minimal change seen in the last 4 years in comparison to structural adjustment in the past.

Lastly a group of NGOs came together during the meetings to write a letter to acting Managing Director of the IMF, Anne Krueger. The IMF recently announced its intention to set up a team to help facilitate the production and use of Poverty and Social Impact Analyses (PSIA). While welcoming this as a significant step forward, the letter from Civil Society stressed the importance of institutional and poverty specialists being recruited, and not just macroeconomists if the team is to have credibility.

Happy reading!

The two ActionAid papers

Joint NGO Debt Paper

CA/AFRODAD doc is on-line at:

Angela Wood /World Vision one at:

FOSDEH/ Honduras: