Financing for Development: Proposals from Business and Civil Society

Overview

Business executives and civil-society activists from developing and developed countries address the question of how to boost the financing of development. Topics covered range from micro-credit to large-scale project finance; from gender and poverty to bridging the digital divide; from local to global environments for investment; from domestic to international taxation; from trade expansion to debt relief; and from official development assistance to reform of the United Nations....

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Overview

Business executives and civil-society activists from developing and developed countries address the question of how to boost the financing of development. Topics covered range from micro-credit to large-scale project finance; from gender and poverty to bridging the digital divide; from local to global environments for investment; from domestic to international taxation; from trade expansion to debt relief; and from official development assistance to reform of the United Nations.

Contributors include senior officials of transnational and developing country financial and manufacturing enterprises such as Bank of Asia (Thailand), Moody's Investors Service, State Street Corporation, Unilever, Alcatel, and others. Advocates and advisors of church-based and secular non-governmental organizations including the International Council for Social Welfare; Third World Network Africa; Oxfam UK; Mani Tese Broedelijk Delen (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity); and the Development Group for Alternative Policies, also contributed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280810738
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Unu Policy Perspectives Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Herman is Chief of the Finance and Development Branch in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. Federica Pietracci works in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, where she is responsible for coordinating FfD activities with civil society. Krishnan Sharma is an economist in the Financing for Development Office of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Initiatives Focusing on the Poor 15
1 Supportive domestic policies for micro credit 17
2 Financing for the poor and women: a policy critique 25
3 A special role for foreign banks in poor countries 35
4 Stripping structural adjustment programmes of their poverty-reduction clothing 41
Pt. 2 Developing Countries in the International Economy 53
5 What foreign direct investors provide and what they seek 55
6 Gender in international trade and investment policy 63
7 The global financial market is vast and can be tapped 71
8 Why is there not more international project financing for emerging economies today? 75
9 An investor's perspective on corporate governance in emerging markets 81
Pt. 3 Evolving National Financial Systems and Policies 87
10 Financing for development in the context of national development planning 89
11 Financial restructuring in Thailand 95
12 Lessons for domestic financial policy from the Asian financial crisis 99
13 Liberalization of financial markets: the case for capital controls 107
Pt. 4 Proposals for Major International Initiatives 115
14 Rethinking and recommitting to official development assistance 117
15 A unified programme to bridge the digital divide 123
16 Spreading the capacity for effective demand for finance: a new cooperation framework 127
17 Required international initiatives in trade policy 135
18 Tax competition and tax havens 139
19 Currency transaction tax: an innovative resource for financing social development 145
20 Arbitration to solve the debt problem 153
21 Strengthening the Economic and Social Council 159
Notes on the contributors 169
Index 175
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