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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - Study Week on Macro-Economic, Geneva

The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and the South Center launch the call for applications for their Annual Study Week, which offers an opportunity for researchers and specialized activists from the Arab region to deepen knowledge on key issues of development, trade, and investment through a rights-based approach.

During the study week, researchers will participate in interactive sessions and enriching discussions and debates on various themes including free trade, investment, climate change, debt, tax and global governance, among others. The discussions aim to contribute to the understanding of alternative development paradigms, as the need for a paradigm shift has been raised by civil society representatives and researchers in the Arab region in various occasions, recently in the context of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Three decades ago, Arab states abandoned the state-led development paradigm based on fostering productive sectors and extensive social protection. Since then, they have adoped a growth paradigm ushered by International Financial Institutions and based on austerity measures, with an effort to attract foreign investment, regardless of goals or available sources, and without taking into account issues of social justice and marginalized groups. This has marked the full adoption of Arab States of neoliberal policies that have deepened the entanglement of the ruling elites with the business elites controlling rentier sectors that have been dominating Arab economies. These deep and structural transformations have deepened inequalities, dismantled social protection systems and caused regressive distribution rendering the Arab region the first in terms concentration of income globally… more


 
 
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