Success, Happiness and International Development

The introductory session of the GES in Kiel felt at times like something out of a Hollywood feel-good movie. With a kickoff speech from the Kiel Institute’s President Dennis Snower focusing more on personal achievement and betterment than international growth and trade, it seemed that this gathering of business leaders and academic luminaries was more of…

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Is Uganda Protecting Its Climate-Regulating Resources?

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Cooperation Game – Preventing a Climate Catastrophe.” Uganda is gifted by nature. Actually, some of the first outsiders to visit the East African country nicknamed it the original Eden. The fertile soils, beautiful and evergreen grasslands, undulating hills, mountains, natural…

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Triangular co-operation: From strength to strength

Note: Karen Jorgensen is Head of Review, Evaluation and Engagement at the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. In her post “The New Bottom Billion: The Trend of Triangular Development Cooperation”, Dominika Kaczkowska asks whether triangular cooperation “make[s] aid more effective”. At the OECD we have been looking into this question for several years, building consensus on…

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Lessons Learned from Australia’s Entrepreneurial Prowess

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Innovation, Dynamism, and Entrepreneurship.” What are the ingredients required for a sustainably innovative, entrepreneurial, and growth-oriented environment? Australia was recently named among the top quartile of G20 countries in which to be an entrepreneur. There were five criteria: access to…

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Feudalism – When Trade Begins with Brutality

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Trade, Poverty, and Inequality.” Feudalism is defined as “a system for structuring society around relationships derived from the holding of land in exchange for service or labor.” Considering the effects of the feudal system in Pakistan, I would define feudalism…

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The Future of Europe: Growth and Enlargement

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “The Future of Europe.” The European Union has managed to bring stability to a problematic area of the world, and it did that through the magic of economics. Now, as the old continent faces several financial crises and European solidarity…

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