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Redistribution as Social Justice for Decarbonising the Global Economy

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04 Dec 2014

Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Author: Andrew Martin Fischer

The neglect of global redistribution could undermine the capacity of Southern countries to face the broader development challenges, which are already immense even in the absence of decarbonisation. A key question is how to organise global redistributive transfers in a manner that does not continue to subordinate Southern populations to Northern interests. The challenge for decarbonisation is the forging of a political will for redistribution that is motivated by climate change rather than geopolitics, and that respects national ownership and self-determination.

International Education and Development: Histories, Parallels, Crossroads

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24 Nov 2014

The Graduate Institute; Authors: Gilles Carbonnier, Michel Carton and Kenneth King

Education has been a priority sector when considering foreign aid allocation since the 1970s. Aware that the stated objectives will not be met universally, the major actors involved in the post-2015 debate are turning back to the concept of learning. The authors discuss in this paper how the central notions of skills, learning, and both formal and non-formal education have evolved in conjunction with ideological shifts. They examine the tensions between public and private education as well as between individualised and standardised delivery modes. To conclude, the authors question the current focus of major stakeholders on post-2015, post-EFA agendas.

Understanding China’s Approaches to International Development

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15 Nov 2014

Institute of Development Studies (IDS); Authors: Jing Gu, Yunnan Chen and Yanbing Zhang

China’s impressive economic growth and increasing development activities overseas, particularly in the African continent, have spurred intense debate and criticism over its role as a rising power in international development. China is viewed in the West both as a threat, but also as a valuable potential partner in development cooperation. However, differences between Western and Chinese conceptions of foreign aid and development have complicated cooperation and understanding of China’s development and aid structures. Further knowledge of these differences is needed, in order to evaluate their implications for low-income countries, and for potential trilateral cooperation.

United Nations Post-2015 Agenda for Global Development: Perspectives from China and Europe

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20 Oct 2014

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Editors: Thomas Fues, Jiang Yeg

Scholars from both the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) and the German Development Institute (DIE) emphasise the historic significance of the post-2015 agenda which aims at defining a universal paradigm of sustainable development, and they maintain that poverty eradication and the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals must stand at the centre of the new framework. Differences between the scholars relate to the meaning of national sovereignty and the relevance of political factors such as good governance, rule of law and human rights.

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