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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


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Global Policy Innovations
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
170 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065-7478

(212) 838-4120
(212) 752-2432 - Fax

info@policyinnovations.org

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.


Cap and Trade vs. Carbon Tax
November 19, 2007 05:05 PM - Matthew Hennessey, Global Policy Innovations Program

"That's the greenest building in New York," exclaimed Vincent DeVito, pointing skyward from a busy corner in midtown Manhattan. The new New York Times building, still under construction, loomed over us both. DeVito's employer, law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, recently moved its New York branch to the 37th floor.

The new skyscraper's views are breathtaking ("I can see the Atlantic ocean!"), but what really thrills DeVito is the innovative curtain of ceramic tubing that drapes the building, reflecting sunlight and cooling the interior. "I come from the school that believes we should be doing green technology because it's good for business," he said.

The Gulden Coffee Story
November 12, 2007 04:23 PM - Ana Trejos-Gulden, Global Policy Innovations Program

n 2002, I brought my husband Cem to visit the coffee regions of Colombia where I grew up. Traveling through these rural areas was like taking a journey back in time. The regions are unspoiled by modern development. Coffee growers tend to their crops with deep devotion, following a process that has been handed down for generations. When we witnessed the age-old tradition where beans are hand picked, dried in the sun, and oftentimes taken to market by mule, we knew we had found our calling and established GÜLDEN Coffee in 2003.

 

 

 

 

Inflation Fuels Global Hunger
November 12, 2007 08:24 AM - Christina L. Madden, Global Policy Innovations Program

Most economists will tell you inflation is like red wine: a little is good for you, but too much can lead to confusion and paralysis. And both can put a dent in your wallet.

Despite the best efforts of central bankers everywhere, inflation is making a comeback. 1,500 retirees recently took to the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia to protest the effect that rising prices have had on the purchasing power of their pensions. Earlier this year, thousands of Mexicans demonstrated after a 400 percent rise in the price of corn flour in just three months. Even markets for luxury goods such as fine red wines have seen prices double and triple.

A Blueprint for Today's Sustainability
November 2, 2007 09:58 AM - John Lash, Global Policy Innovations Program

While concerned groups have been making the case for global warming and environmental responsibility for years, it only recently crossed over into the mainstream. Popular acceptance is in part thanks to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, which spread the word that global warming is a reality. Whether you agree fully with the documentary or not, its message resonated with the public and fueled consumer demand for environmentally friendly products and services.

Global Imbalances and Developing Countries
October 15, 2007 07:46 AM - Jan Joost Teunissen, Global Policy Innovations Program

The abrupt unwinding of global imbalances is a major risk for the world economy; it affects countries across the globe, but is particularly harmful to developing countries.

This second volume on global imbalances includes an unorthodox, long-term view on global imbalances, an in-depth discussion about the role of the IMF, and a discussion about the need for reform of the international monetary and financial system. It pays special attention to Africa and East Asia.

Merck's Dubai Ethics Center
October 14, 2007 10:04 AM - Ken Stier, Global Policy Innovations Program

Resolute ethical business standards can be a distinct bottom-line liability for companies operating in environments where corruption is more the rule than the exception—at least in the short term. This is certainly the case in many Arab countries where bakshish (financial favors to win business contracts) and waasta (pulling strings for personal gain) are culturally hardwired. It's also the reason that Merck, whose ethics code forbids bribes or kickbacks, found it was not gaining much ground in sales to the region's public health ministries, which have long dominated pharmaceutical procurements in paternalistic states.

Contraception Ban Harms Philippine Women
October 3, 2007 11:37 AM - Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, Evan O'Neil, Global Policy Innovations Program

Our new report, "Imposing Misery," documents the impact of Manila's contraception ban on women and their families. It was a joint effort between three groups: the International Legal Program here at the Center for Reproductive Rights; Likhaan, a women's health organization based in Quezon City, Philippines; and ReproCen, a reproductive rights and health organization based at the University of the Philippines in Manila.

Innovations in Fighting Corruption
September 27, 2007 08:06 AM - Matthew Hennesey, Global Policy Innovations Program

Steve Rochlin, head of AccountAbility North America, began by acknowledging that many large corporations try to address corruption, though they face obstacles. To illustrate these difficulties, Rochlin offered an anecdote.  On a recent international flight, he was seated alongside a mother and two poorly behaved young children. In the hopes of surviving the flight with his nerves intact, Rochlin engaged as little as possible with the troublesome tots. Upon disembarking, the airline staff upbraided him for doing so little to help his wife manage the unruly boys. "But she's not my wife," he pleaded. The airline staff apologized, indicating that the entire plane had been under the impression that he was an uncaring father.

Post - Invasion Economies: Comparing Iraq and Afghanistan
September 19, 2007 08:20 AM - Alexandra Reihing, Global Policy Innovations Program

Sustainable economic growth has been a major goal of reconstruction efforts in post-invasion Iraq and Afghanistan. Enhancing each state's ability to trade and attract investment will go a long way toward improving citizens' lives, though without governance reforms and an end to instability and violence these economies cannot expect to grow. Despite these obstacles, both countries have significant economic factor endowments—oil in Iraq and arable land in Afghanistan.

Agrofuels Favor Business over Farmers
September 19, 2007 08:16 AM - Laura Carlsen, Global Policy Innovations Program

Agrofuel development has arrived on the global stage. Just this year, the number of declarations, dollars, and development plans devoted to agrofuels is unparalleled. An idea that languished for decades has become the darling of politicians, business, financiers, and the media. Agrofuels, also known as biofuels, have been touted as the solution to the most pressing problems facing U.S. society and the planet. Promoters claim they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stave off the end of industrial growth based on fossil fuels, are sustainable and renewable, increase energy security, and help farmers.

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