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Institute for International Economics – USA

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The Institute for International Economics is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. Since 1981 the Institute has provided timely, objective analysis and concrete solutions to key international economic problems.

The Institute attempts to anticipate emerging issues and to be ready with practical ideas to inform and shape public debate.

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Society of Economic Researches – Azerbaijan

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Priority direction of organization is the rendering assistance to the small and average businessmen and farms in regions of Azerbaijan on processing and packing of agricultural products, to carry out trainings for farmers, realization of the analyses of economic aspects in effective technologies of cultivation in farms and ecological pollution. There are 25 employees work in “Dirchalish” NGO. Simultaneously it use services of about 50 consultants, economists, soil scientists, agriculturists, engineers, lawyers, sociologists. “Dirchalish” NGO executes volunteer program. There are 30 volunteers work in this net. (See on Society of Economic Researches).

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Kyushu Economic Research Center

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The Kyushu Economic Research Center was established as an organization conducting overall researches and studies on Kyushu’s economy and society under the authorization of the Ministry of Education in 1946. And now the Center is the biggest regional socio-economic research institute in the southwestern Japan.

The Center mainly has two fields of activities. The first is to undertake various research projects of the central government, local autonomous governments and private businesses besides the researches at our own expenses. The second is to offer information services on the issues related with the region of Kyushu functioning as the leading information center with a special library( concerned with the economy).

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… global world crisis ?

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Sometimes bad prognostics create the worst as a self fullfilling prophecy. The following presentation comes out of an European Online Magazine, from the Europe2020.org, claiming bad news.

… the Laboratoire européen d’Anticipation Politique Europe 2020 (LEAP/E2020) now estimates to over 80% the probability that the week of March 20-26, 2006 will be the beginning of the most significant political crisis the world has known since the Fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, together with an economic and financial crisis of a scope comparable with that of 1929. This last week of March 2006 will be the turning-point of a number of critical developments, resulting in an acceleration of all the factors leading to a major crisis, disregard any American or Israeli military intervention against Iran. In case such an intervention is conducted, the probability of a major crisis to start rises up to 100%, according to LEAP/E2020 … see this long article on Europe2020.

Also in french.

Economy and Human Rights

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Publications you may read:

Australian US Free Trade Agreement

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To be downloaded: Report on Australian US Free Trade Agreement, Australia, Senate (PDF).

Exceptions recommended under Australian US Free Trade Agreement, Australia, Senate (PDF), 186 pages.

The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

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Founded in 1986 through the generous support of Bard College trustee Leon Levy, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. The Institute is independent of any political or other affiliation, and encourages diversity of opinion in the examination of economic policy issues while striving to transform ideological arguments into informed debate.

The ultimate purpose of all of the Levy Institute’s research and activities is to serve the wider policy-making community in the United States and the rest of the world by enabling scholars and leaders in business, labor, and government to work together on problems of common interest. To stimulate discussion of economic issues, it disseminates its findings through publications, conferences, workshops, seminars, congressional testimony, and other activities to an international audience of public officials, private sector executives, academics, and the general public.

The Levy Institute’s main conference and research facility is Blithewood, on the campus of Bard College, located 90 miles north of New York City.

Developping countries … own rules …

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DEVELOPING COUNTRIES CREATE THEIR OWN COMPETITION RULES FOR GLOBAL MARKETS, new UNCTAD-book shows (see UNCTAD/PRESS/EB/2005/016
15/11/05
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download: the book (518 pages in pdf).

link: Fifth UN Conference on Competition Policy.

Equitable trade deals require competition rules, and developing countries stand to gain from such rules.

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Two more Trainings and Events – Four

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Read all this and much more on weitzenegger.de – The website for International  Development Cooperation, and its (english) Newsletter.

IX Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise, Quito, Ecuador, September 13-15, 2006. Info: Info: foromic@iadb.org.

2ème Techno-Foire sur les nouvelles technologies pour la microfinance, Hôtel Novotel, Dakar, Sénégal, les 23, 24 et 25 février 2006. In french: Les nouvelles technologies pour la Microfinance … en français. (See more/voir mieux capaf.org).

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See also the sustainable development department of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Trainings and Events – Three

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This course is intended for development leaders and executives who design and manage community-based development programs or projects, and extension officers and field personnel that implement them. The course provides a facilitative learning environment conducive to a cooperative yet challenging self-assessment and shared discourse about conventional and participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) concepts and practices. Read all this and much more on weitzenegger.de – The website for International Development Cooperation, and its (english) Newsletter.

“Mainstreaming Community Disaster Risk Management” Course in Kenya – March 2006: IIRR is proud to announce that it is offering the Mainstreaming Community Disaster Risk Management course in Nairobi, Kenya from March 13 – 17, 2006.

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Trainings and Events – Two

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In close cooperation with Leiden University, the African Studies Centre offers a two-year Research Masters in African Studies (MPhil). The degree qualifies graduates for further research in academia at PhD level, or for positions in policy-making and/or in management, for example in the NGO sector. Read all this and much more on weitzenegger.de – The website for International Development Cooperation, and its (english) Newsletter.

Scholarships for MA students from Africa – Deadline 1 March 2006 – Research MA African Studies:

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Trainings and Events – One

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Call for Papers – Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth: New Issues and Findings: On April 28, 2006, the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network PEGNet will hold a Workshop „Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth: New Issues and Findings” at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel, Germany.

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Alternative Finance ITDG

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Welcome to the Alternative Finance Website.

The definitive source of ‘grey literature’ and information on all aspects of alternative and Microfinance in English and Spanish. Search and download microfinance literature in pdf, rtf, html and text formats. This enables easy access to the information and makes it simple to download what you need no matter what system you are using.

The website provides a forum for MFI practitioners and researchers and gives improved access to applied research, provides innovative microfinance training tools, and facilitates the exchange and dissemination of development finance resources.

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how Western Financiers Caused the Asia Crisis

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Linked with our presentation of Chalmers Johnson – USA.

Follow four articles from Chalmers Johnson, presented on Cyber One by Peter Myers, updated February 4, 2005.

Linked also with America’s Empire of Bases.

(1) Globalisation: creed of greed, If the APEC ieaders fail to deal with the real cause of the Asian financial crlsis – the preservation of American global hegemony – then this week’s summit will fail to accomplish anything substantial, argues Chalmers Johnson:

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More on Islamic Economics

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First my comments: The most of us western humans do not agree with the integrist viewpoint and behavior of a medieval Islam. This does not means that they could not have developed economic viewpoints worth to be looked at, the Muslim world has developed its own economic thinking. Let’s look at the Muslim economic thinking and see if some items could be good for us all.

Institute of Economic Affairs IEA – UK

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The Institute of Economic Affairs IEA is the UK’s original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955. The IEA’s goal is to explain free-market ideas to the public, including politicians, students, journalists, businessmen, academics and anyone interested in public policy.

What is meant by ‘free-market’?

The core belief of free-marketeers is that people should be free to do what they want in life as long as they don’t harm anyone else.

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Economy and Islam – on Islam Online

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Out of Islam Online, some excerpts of Economic articles:

The Benchmark Issue in the Islamic, Financial System, by Zamir Iqbal – Introduction: This paper identifies a major lacuna in the conceptual development of Islamic financial market operations. It argues that in the absence of a well developed benchmark that would facilitate macro- and micro-level decision making with regards to cost of capital and opportunity cost of investments in comparative projects of similar risk, Islamic financial institutions are relying on interest rate-based indices such as the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate (LIBOR) to make lending decisions. The author contends that this is clearly unacceptable since Islam disallows a predetermined or fixed rate of capital. The paper then proposes a benchmark based on Tobin’s q theory of investment. The author further maintains that unlike existing alternatives which are limited to macro-level applications only, the q-based benchmark would be useful for firms and banks (micro-decisions) as well as governments and institutions (macro-planning):

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Economic Concept and Purpose in Islam, Part 1 to 3

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The economics of zakah and its relevance to modern times is a hotly debated issue among both religious and liberal Muslims. This series of articles will attempt to explain the concept of zakah in the light of only the Quran and the faithful implementation of this concept by our Prophet (pbuh). We will see how a similarly implemented system can solve the current economic problems of not just Muslims, but of the whole world …

See whole article of Part 1 on their website: Islam

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Women in islam – Economics

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Out of Jannah.org:

Of the great faiths, Islam has been foremost in assigning to woman a position of economic independence. It is well known that in the United Kingdom till as late as 1882, when the first Married Women’s Property Act was passed by Parliament, a married woman could hold no property of her own, independently of her husband. Any property that a femme sole (unmarried woman) held in her own right vested automatically in her husband on her marriage. A hundred years later traces still linger in certain aspects of British Law which illustrate a married woman’s position of dependence upon her husband.

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The Moral Economy of Islam

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Institute of International Studies – University of California, Berkeley:

The Moral Economy of Islam – http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/Islam/

Not unlike the non-Muslim Third World, developing countries with significant Muslim populations have experimented with a large variety of economic systems. In general, these experiments have followed patterns common to the developing world and reflect persistent tensions between equity and growth, import substitution and export-led industrialization, and agricultural and industrial investment. Due to the close ties between some Muslim countries and the global economic and financial system, however, these tensions have expressed themselves in particularly stark form in much of the Muslim world. For example, oil wealth and the resulting flow of labor remittances and bilateral aid has dramatically influenced the course of development in many Muslim countries, stretching from Tunisia to Malaysia.

(link: Japan and Islamic Financing.)

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itrain – Online

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The Developmet Gateway published on Novermber 4, 2005: E-learning with itrain Online – an online resource for using the Internet :

Six international organizations have joined forces to create ItrainOnline, a technology resource centre for people who want to learn how to use the Internet effectively for social justice and sustainable development. ItrainOnline responds to the need to bring such resources together in one place – an interactive multilingual website containing the best and most relevant computer and Internet training content. Topics covered range from computer and Internet basics to more advanced subjects such as building online communities and incorporating audio and video into websites.

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some books about Economy and Poverty

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Search for books and articles about Economy and Poverty, I. appeared 2006; II. appeared 2005; III. date of appearing not indicated.

I. 2006:

An Economic Agenda for Post-civil War Somalia: How to Build a New Economy, Sustain Growth And Reduce Poverty, by Jamil M. Mubarak (Hardcover – May 30, 2006).

The Chinese Century : The Rising Chinese Economy and Its Impact on the Global Economy, the Balance of Power, and Your Job, by Oded Shenkar (Paperback – January 31, 2006)

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid : Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, by CK Prahalad (Paperback – January 27, 2006).

Poverty, Gender and Human Trafficking: Rethinking Best Practices in Migration Management, by Dr TD Truong (UNESCO, 2006).

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US Monetary Policy

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To be downloaded:

Current Policy and Conditions, United-States, Congressionnal Research Service (PDF).

US – Middle East Free Trade Area

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To be downloaded:

Progress Report of the United-States, Congressionnal Research Service (PDF).

Rebuilding Through Social Entrepreneurship

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Linked with our presentation on Mohammad Yusuf – Bangladesh.

Muhammad Yunus has helped millions of people lift themselves out of poverty in rural Bangladesh. His mission began when he realized that while he was teaching advanced economic theories, people were starving in the streets due to a terrible famine.

Muhammad Yunus tells us: On television in Bangladesh, I watched with great sadness the horrors Katrina unleashed on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. I was so tempted to be there to participate in post-disaster activities, as we have so much experience with these kinds of disasters (see Grameen Foundation USA). But I knew my American friends did, too. Having studied at Vanderbilt and traveled extensively in the affected areas names of places and faces of people were so familiar. A friend of mine from Ecuador even sent me a picture taken in Biloxi 39 years back to remind ourselves that we were there!

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More Social Enterpreneurship

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Linked to our presentation of Rebuilding Through Social Enterpreneurship;

“Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they’re serving.” David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.

What is Social Enterpreneurship?

A social entrepreneur identifies and solves social problems on a large scale. Just as business entrepreneurs create and transform whole industries, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss in order to improve systems, invent and disseminate new approaches and advance sustainable solutions that create social value.

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The Aspen Institute

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The mission of the Aspen Institute is to foster enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values.

Learn the Aspen Insitute through a letter from its President:

Dear Aspen Friends and Partners,

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Trade, Human Rights, Equitable Economy = 3D

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Recent and current activities of 3D on behalf of Economy and Human Rights:

· In December 2005, 3D published a briefing on the impact of FTA rules on access to medicines and children’s rights in Thailand: “International trade, health and children’s rights – Thailand”

· Joint event with FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) and IATP (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy) in parallel to the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong on 14 December 2005.

· Study Session on Intellectual Property and Human Rights on 23-24 September 2005.

· Publishing the Practical Guide to the WTO is a concise and simply-worded guide to the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is unique in providing concrete examples of how trade and trade rules developed in the WTO and elsewhere can affect human rights, as well as detailed reference and contact information for those wishing to learn more about how to undertake work relating to trade.
More about the Practical Guide

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National Institute Economic and Social Research – UK

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National Institute Economic Review – The current issue of the National Institute Economic Review was published on Friday 27th January 2006. Click on the links for summaries:

UK economy forecast with a commentary on the housing market and government policy

World Economy Forecast

Special edition on employment and childcare: Summary

The National Institute Economic Review is the quarterly journal of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, published by Sage Publications. Please click here for more information, summaries of back issues, and subscription information.

The Global Economy

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An Introduction (written 2001 by Human Rights Watch): After street protests over the past year in Seattle, Prague, Washington, and elsewhere, proponents of the global economy seem on the defensive. Globalization — the increased international flow of trade, capital, information, and people — has delivered undeniable wealth and opportunity and created millions of jobs. But there is widespread unease at some of the associated and parallel ills. Income inequality is growing, as are the number of people in abject poverty. The much-criticized “race to the bottom” seems to stymie certain attempts at social and economic betterment. Resource extraction — the business of oil, minerals, and metals — often proceeds without regard to the rights of local residents. Governments depend on migrant workers to take on less desirable jobs but frequently deny them legal protection. Trafficking in people has flourished.

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