60% of kids in N Karnataka are drop-outs
The numbers are almost three years old, but indicative of the development, or lack of it, in the state. The citizens' report on governance and development 2008-09, brought out by Social Watch Karnataka, highlights the lack of development in vital areas like primary education and excesses of Parliament.
Peoples’ voices on the crisis
The event to take place on 20 June in New York will bring together people from the South and the North, from the US and abroad, women and men, workers and unemployed on the eve of the UN Summit Conference on the Economic and Financial Crisis.
Bill being rushed vs budget impoundment
The Senate finance committee is consolidating a budget-impoundment bill that will prevent the Office of the President from withholding funds allocated in the annual budget and approved by Congress for various government departments and service agencies. Sen. Edgardo Angara, committee chairman, is likely to gain wide support in both chambers of Congress, but they still want to hear the positions of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the Freedom from Debt Coalition and Social Watch, among others, before endorsing the impoundment bill for plenary approval within the year.
Ensuring Development in the face of the financial crisis
The following position paper was endorsed by Euro step, Social Watch, the Arab NGO Network for Development, Asociación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promoción (ALOP), South Asia Alliance for Poverty Erradication (SAAPE) and Least Developed Countries (LDC) Watch.
NGOs offer proposals to address global financial crisis
As the world is haunted by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression in the 1930s, efforts to address the crisis are really not a business for governments only. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can also play a constructive role in this regard.
UN: Press Conference on global financial crisis by civil society organizations
The best stimulus plan to address the global economic crisis was to invest in the poor, Roberto Bissio of Social Watch told correspondents today.
Official: U.S. dollar dominance challenged
Roberto Bissio, director of Social Watch, an international watchdog network monitoring poverty eradication and gender inequality, said the IMF's loan conditionality are having a detrimental effect on developing countries struggling to stimulate their economies.
US dollar dominance in world financial system challenged
Roberto Bissio, director of Social Watch, an international watchdog network monitoring poverty eradication and gender inequality, said the IMF's loan conditionalities are having a detrimental effect on developing countries struggling to stimulate their economies.
Civil Society perspectives on the financing for development agenda
The Economic and Social Council held a panel discussion on "Civil Society Perspectives on the Financing for Development Agenda" on Monday, 20 April 2009, in the ECOSOC Chamber in New York. Roberto Bissio from Social Watch intervened at the first panel together with other civil society representatives.
IMF, reform thyself, groups say
Ahead of the annual meetings of the world's biggest international financial institutions this weekend, calls are growing for the United Nations to take new initiatives on financing for development in poor countries.