The Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEG) is a leading think tank in Argentina.
It is a private, non-profit organization that strives to create a more just, democratic and efficient public sector in Argentina,
and is devoted to the study of the education, health, fiscal, political, judicial and public management systems, in order to determine needs, opportunities, and obstacles for the implementation of effective public policies.
The think tank elaborates and disseminates technical information about the functioning of Argentine institutions to promote the accountability of public officials.
CIPPEC also provides technical assistance to provincial governments and municipalities, and maintains regional networks working on topics such as parliamentary transparency, democratic institutions, regional integration, etc.
Its current projects consist of two training courses on quantitative methods to analyze international trade and financial tools for SMEs as well as a joint study on a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system for the agency.
The huge earthquake that hit off the coast of northeastern Miyagi prefecture earlier this year was a harsh reminder of the more elemental dangers that can threaten economic activity on the crowded and seismically vulnerable Japanese archipelago.
Weighing the full implications of the natural disaster will take time.
Yet the earthquake at the very least throws a huge question mark over an economic recovery, that economists had hoped would gather steam in 2011 after stalling in the last three months of 2010.
Although the areas worst hit are far less economically significant than the coastal industry zones, which suffered widespread stoppages alter the 1995 Kobe earthquake, the disaster could heighten recent uncertainty among consumers and investors about the prospects for Japan's continued recovery from its worst postwar recession.
Learning from the lessons of the devastating disaster in 1995, the government and insurance companies have been actively encouraging even smaller companies to draw up detailed "business continuity plans" intended to minimize losses and aid quick recoveries.
In the longer terms, the earthquake is certain to force heavy spending on construction and public works in the affected region.
The terrifying footage of tsunami carrying away whole buildings makes it clear that dealing with the damage will require huge effort and heavy investment.
The conifer hedges in front of J.K. Rowling’s seventeenth-century house, in Edinburgh, are about twenty feet tall.
They reach higher than the street lamps in front of them, and evoke the entrance to the spiteful maze in the film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, the fourth volume of her fantasy series.
Rowling, who, at forty-seven, is about to publish her first novel for adults
—it is set in a contemporary Britain familiar with Jay-Z and online pornography,
but is shaded with memories of her own, quite cheerless upbringing
—lives here with her second husband, Neil Murray, a doctor, and their children.
She has a reputation for reserve: for being likable but shy and thin-skinned,
and not at all comfortable with the personal impact of having created a modern myth, sold four hundred and fifty million books, and inspired more than six hundred thousand pieces of Harry Potter fan fiction, a total that increases by at least a thousand stories a week.
One of the unintended consequences of the globalization is that it puts different societies and cultures in much greater direct contact with one another.
It connects people to people much faster than people and cultures can often prepare themselves.
Some cultures thrive on the sudden opportunities for collaboration that this global intimacy makes possible.
Others are frustrated, and even humiliated by this close contact, which, among other things, makes it easy for people to see where they stand in the world in relation to everyone else.
All of this helps to account for the emergence of one of the most devastating forces today
—terrorist organizations which have no regard for human lives and which it is in our best interest to wipe out.
On some occasions it is important to adhere to the conventions that characterize serious public discourse and to avoid expressions that might be used in more casual situations.
Among the features of formal English are the careful explanation of background information, complexity in sentence structure, explicit transitions between thoughts, and the use of certain words that are reserved chiefly for creating a formal tone.
Situations that normally require formal usage would include an article discussing a serious matter submitted to a respected journal, an official report by a group of researchers to a government body, a talk presented to a professional organization, and a letter of job application.
Never before had the world such a tremendous scientific-technical potential, such a capacity to generate wealth and well-being.
Authentic technological wonders that have made any place in the world to be always close with regard to distances and communications and have not been capable of bringing well-being for everybody, but only for a meager 15% living in the countries of the North.
The abysm between North and South is now so huge, that the unsustainability of the current economic order and the blindness of the people who try to justify continuing to enjoy opulence and waste, are evident.
The great possibilities that a globalization of solidarity and true cooperation could bring to all people in the world through the scientific-technical wonders, has been reduced by the neo-liberal model to this grotesque caricature full of exploitation and social injustice.
We were asked to be ultraliberal in trade and to lift any barrier, which may obstruct the imports coming from the North, but the oral champions of free trade actually are the champions in the praxis of protectionism.
The North spends 1 billion dollars a day in practicing what has been banned from doing, that is, subsidizing inefficient products.
Today, vis-á-vis the obvious failure of neoliberalism and the great threat that the International Economic Order represents for our countries, it is necessary to retake the Spirit of the South by forming an alliance among ourselves.
After months of speculation, the final 22,000-character overview of China’s “third plenum” was published on November 15th.
In the economic sphere the document turned out to be bolder than the initial summary suggested, but the document’s interest lies not just in the economic reforms, which were anticipated.
More striking were some of the social changes the document announced, such as the relaxation of the one-child policy.
A couple in which one parent is an only child will be allowed to have two children, and the policy is likely to be loosened even further.
In another widely welcomed move, labor camps are to be abolished.
But possibly the most important announcements were buried deep in the document and grabbed fewer headlines.
Two moves in particular, namely allowing the development of “social organizations” or NGOs in essence and the separation judicial jurisdiction systems from administrative areas, showed that the party is sensitive to the ferment in Chinese society and the demands for greater liberty and accountability that accompany it.
In the past 30 years China has gone from a totalitarian society to one in witch people can usually work where they want, marry whom they want, travel where they want (albeit with varying degrees of hassle for those from the countryside and ethnic-minority regions).
In ten years internet penetration has gone from minimal to almost universal.
Old welfare structures have broken down, with little to take their place.
Ordinary people are being empowered by new wealth and participation, through microblogs, and by becoming consumers and property owners.
Change is bubbling up from the bottom and the system cannot contain it.
That these two gestures towards reform were mentioned at all is encouraging, and the world is keen to know whether Chinese leadership will honor their words in the plenary document that they “dare to gnaw through even tough bones, dare to ford dangerous rapids, break through the fetters of ideological concepts with even greater resolution.”