Global development wish list for 2009

Found an interesting post from Nancy Birdsall the Center for Global Development, outlining six wishes for the new year.  According to Birdsall,

Policy decisions in the United States and other rich world countries will matter immensely for poor and vulnerable people living in developing countries. Fortunately, there are a number of fairly straight-forward policy initiatives that could make life less difficult for poor people in the developing world while also benefiting the majority in high-income countries.

Here’s the outline: you can visit the page itself for details/explanations.

  1. “Avoid protectionism. And may the Obama Administration take a positive step: Offer permanent duty-free, quota-free market access for the poorest countries.”
  2. “That the Obama Administration act now on global warming, proposing a gas tax-financed cut in the payroll tax.”
  3. “Get serious about development as one of the Three Ds.
  4. “Modernize foreign assistance — and take the lead on universal basic education.”
  5. “Get the facts on global migration.”
  6. “Reform governance at the IMF and the World Bank.”

There are some interesting ideas in this article.  Some are quite complex (way beyond my level of understanding), but some are really simple (e.g., for #5, Birdsall mentions having countries add two simple questions to planned censuses).  I hope Birdsall posts some updates throughout the year, so we can see whether her wishes come true.

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~ by h.e.g. on January 7, 2009.

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