In the race to reaffirm itself as a developing global power in times of international economic and financial crisis, Brazil has invested in mechanisms to display its domestic economic growth. Last week, the United Nations Development Program in Brazil, along the Brazilian Research Institute for Applied Economics (IPEA) and the João Pinheiro Foundation (FJP) launched the Brazilian Atlas for the Municipal Human Development Index (MHDI). Highlighting improvements achieved in the past two decades, Atlas used […]
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Elections in the Eurozone’s biggest member state Germany are likely to be the most prominent political event in Europe in the second half of this year. Angela Merkel, arguably the most powerful politician in the EU stands for re-election for a third term on September 22. She hopes to continue the current coalition of her conservative Christian Democrat Union (CDU) with the pro-business liberal democrats (FDP). Competing with her is Peer Steinbrück of the center-left […]
Organizations are increasingly identifying sustainability material issues relevant to their business and addressing them strategically through sustainability programs. Sustainability reporting – in contrast to financial reporting – is a relatively recent trend. Alternatively presented as non-financial disclosure, it has increased to become the buzz word in the business today. In order to make non-financial reporting possible, many different standards and frameworks have emerged in the past years. First, the vast amount of those initiatives made […]
Nigeria’s agricultural sector faces many challenges. At Doreo Partners, we believe the solution lies in the hands of smallholder farmers. Approximately 80 million youth will enter a now over-saturated Nigerian workforce by 2030, and agriculture can play a crucial role as Nigeria’s job creation engine. However, to absorb such a high number of unemployed youths, farming in Nigeria must undergo a transformation in order to be a viable and attractive source of income. Modern day […]
EU-India negotiations on BITA – Bilateral Investment and Trade Agreement – started seven years ago. In spite of some recent positive diplomatic declarations, the process has stalled and I believe it will not succeed without a deeper understanding on the nature of the obstacles it faces. The European Union and India are the biggest democracies in the World. Different in many respects, they must be considered to be on a rigorous equal footing in order […]
Imagine if the United States abolished Washington. Not the city but the President, the federal government and Congress. Instead, the 50 state governors would run the country. They would meet in Washington four times per year and take decisions by unanimous vote. How would this change the US? Many wise commentators say that a currency union without a powerful central government (political union) and transfers (fiscal union) cannot survive due to centrifugal economic forces. If […]
The loudest statement made in the recently washed away monsoon session of the Indian parliament surprisingly was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s insistence on silence. While blaring opposition continued to accuse government of everything and anything, Singh answered his critics by remaining silent. By hiking diesel prices, introducing a quota system for Liquid Petroleum Gas cylinders, allowing 51% of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector and opening up other sagging sectors like broadcasting and […]