Gender. War and peace. Export of munitions. Education, World Social Forum (WSF), etc.
We should be careful when it comes to superlatives. Yet Peter Niggli's farewell as Director of Alliance Sud at the end of July marks the end of an era. ...>>
With the No to the Ecopop Initiative hopefully an unfruitful controversy about «growth», which in recent months dominated public debates in Switzerland, comes to an end. We need to talk about growth, but not in this way. ...>>
After February 9th – a slim majority of voters accepted a constitutional amendment against «mass immigration» – Switzerland must now attempt to square the circle for the second time. ...>>
Every year, the Publish What You Fund international campaign assesses the level of transparency in web reporting by donor countries and international agencies on their international cooperation work. Switzerland's SDC is now ranked No. 55 (of 72). Is its web reporting so poor? ...>>
For decades now there has been talk of the right to development, poverty reduction, and human rights for all. But very little is happening in reality, the traditional development models having failed. Two Alliance Sud member organizations now foment the debate on alternatives through an international dialogue platform. ...>>
The argument being wielded by many governments, financial institutions and «official» economists is that all speculation is «good» and plays no role in the sharp price fluctuations. Yet the world of good raw material speculation ceased to exist as of the year 2000 when the USA deregulated futures transactions and the other western countries followed suit. ...>>
A global legal framework is needed to hold internationally active companies to the observance of human rights – such is the view of Florian Wettstein, Professor of Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen. But because this is not on the agenda for the time being, the only other way forward in the short-to-medium term is through national regulations, which is what «Corporate Justice» advocates. ...>>