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Global Policy Innovations Program

A growing body of innovative scholarship offers promising strategies for sustainable development and a fairer globalization. Yet, these proposals have not been disseminated in a coordinated fashion. In response to this challenge, the Global Policy Innovations program provides a forum for pragmatic alternatives to the current global economic order.

Website: http://www.policyinnovations.org


Global Policy Innovations
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The Carnegie Council's Global Policy Innovations program aims to enhance and inform public debate on the existence of positive development alternatives by creating a centralized hub to serve two primary purposes:

1. An online magazine format to feature the work of partners associated with the project, and from the fairer globalization community more broadly.

2. A database of papers, organizations, and specialists that links the websites and databases of project partners.

In the Trenches for Clean Water
January 16, 2008 09:26 AM - Saul Garlick, Global Policy Innovations Program

Water, our most basic need, is poised to be the most baffling challenge of the 21st century. It is being ignored wantonly at a time when more than 1 million people per year die from its scarcity and contamination. Children under age five account for at least 90 percent of water-related deaths. Meanwhile, economic productivity and educational opportunities are lost to illness, leaving millions more in an impoverished state even if they do survive their first five years of life. Access to water is a human right. Yet that statement makes many people uncomfortable. Most in the developed world can hardly imagine water being anything more than a nominal expense that is easily drawn from a faucet. They think, "Surely it is a commodity to be bought and sold. It hardly costs anything, and it is even reusable, so what's the big deal?"

Unethical Ethanol Tariff
December 28, 2007 12:00 PM - Adam Dean, Global Policy Innovations Program

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and U.S. President Bush met last week at Camp David to discuss the future of ethanol. As the world's largest producer of sugar and a pioneer in the production of ethanol, Brazil is a key ally in Bush's plan to reduce America's foreign oil dependence and environmental footprint. Imports of Brazilian ethanol could be a major step toward achieving Bush's goal of reducing American gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next ten years. As ethanol can be produced from sugar, increased consumption of the fuel in the United States could also lead to a higher commodity price for sugar producers in Brazil, with the potential to lift thousands out of poverty.

Nonprofit Brands: Don't Waste Their Power
December 23, 2007 07:37 PM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

VALUE: What is it that managers of nonprofits are missing about the value of their brands? QUELCH: Several things—and they're all interwoven in terms of their implications for how nonprofits think about and use their brands going forward. First, it's important to understand that nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, that operate on a global scale have some of the most trusted brands in the world. (Let's get the definition clear at the outset. By NGOs, I mean both nonprofit associations trying to provide social services on a global scale, and nonprofit organizations that attempt to achieve economic changes on a global scale by influencing governments and corporations...

The Globalization of Ethics
December 16, 2007 09:38 AM - Hans Kung, Global Policy Innovations Program

Many Europeans doubt that Asia can catch up with Europe in terms of regional integration. But Asia not only has the type of stable common ethical foundations that were so important to European integration; it also has a well developed set of moral principles, some of which were an established part of Asian culture long before similar principles were adopted in Europe. Indeed, these Asian principles can serve as a part of an emerging common global ethic.

Can "Responsible Stakeholder" Hold?
December 13, 2007 12:03 PM - Joshua Eisenman, Devin T. Stewart, Global Policy Innovations Program

During the height of the crackdown in Burma this fall, a U.S. official admonished China for its support of the military junta: "You wanted to become a big power—part of being a big power is you will be held responsible for your client states" (Washington Post, September 29, 2007). Demarches like this are part of the Bush Administration's strategy of encouraging China to become a "responsible stakeholder" in the international system. Recent Chinese refusals to grant port calls to American naval vessels in Hong Kong cast doubt on whether China has risen to the challenge.





North Korea get NGO Religion
December 12, 2007 09:18 AM - Scott Snyder, Global Policy Innovations Program

The North Korean famine of the mid-1990s stimulated an unprecedented appeal by the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for international humanitarian assistance. The international community answered this call, both through contributions by donor governments to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other international relief agencies, and through private donations from humanitarian NGOs invited to work in North Korea for the first time. This posed challenging ethical and humanitarian dilemmas for foreign aid workers who responded to the crisis. It also yielded a paradox: Despite the antipathy of the North Korean system to outside religious influence, it is primarily American NGOs with financial backing from religious organizations that have maintained development and exchange programs with the DPRK.

Furnace Cities
December 3, 2007 05:46 PM - Bjorn Lomborg, Global Policy Innovations Program

It's possible to see, right now, what global warming will eventually do to the planet. To peek into the future, all we have to do is go to Beijing, Athens, Tokyo, or, in fact, just about any city on Earth.

Most of the world's urban areas have already experienced far more dramatic temperature hikes over the past few decades than the 2.6°C increase expected from global warming over the next hundred years.

Will China "Lose" the 2008 Olympics?
November 30, 2007 08:21 AM - Ian Bremmer, Global Policy Innovations Program

When the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the 2008 Summer Games in July 2001, the announcement ignited wild celebrations across the country. The Chinese Communist Party hoped to use the Games to showcase the country's emergence as a dynamic, modern nation. But as China's leaders begin final preparations for the Games next August, they may be wondering if hosting the event was such a good idea after all. They have significant reasons for doubt.

Tapping Partnerships for Drinkable Water
November 29, 2007 08:26 AM - Ann Roberts, Global Policy Innovations Program

How far along are we in supplying the world's poor with water? 147 heads of state and 189 nations committed themselves in 2000 to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, aimed at overcoming the effects of extreme poverty by 2015. One of the goals is to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Currently, about 1.2 billion people live under such conditions.

According to the World Health Organization, the MDG target implies a commitment to raise the global drinking water coverage to 88.5 percent in 2015. During 1990–2002 (the period for which data are available), global coverage rose by 5 percent, from 77 percent to 83 percent, improving the lives of almost 1 billion people. But meeting the target for sub-Saharan Africa continues to prove difficult.




Helping the Laggards Join the Race
November 24, 2007 09:34 AM - Christine Bader , Global Policy Innovations Program

"Laggards" is an often-used term, frequently said in exasperation, anger or resignation, usually in contrast to "leaders." In the worlds of corporate responsibility and business and human rights, the two words delineate a spectrum.

At one end are companies that stay abreast of, contribute to and apply international best practice. These firms are active in forums in their industry and beyond, and are in constant conversation with non-governmental organizations and civil society. At the other end are companies that do not seem to be making any effort to even learn about good practice—and for the most part get away with it.

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