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New Social Watch publication: Learning from Successful Experiences
Summary of the Analysis of Four Case Studies from the Social Watch National Coalitions

In solving the global financial crisis, rights must occupy a central position: A review of the 2008 Social Watch Report
The global financial crisis is biting hard. While at first it was rich countries that felt it most, middle income and poor countries have now begun to feel the crunch, and it is likely to have an even greater disproportionate impact on them in the months and years to come.

Civil society wants substance, not procedural delays at UN Conf on crisis
A statement calling upon governments not to take procedural arguments as an excuse to further delaying the substantive negotiations on the urgently needed global policy responses to the current crisis is being circulated to negotiators at the UN.

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.

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