Frank Ackerman (with Elizabeth Stanton) published a new book Climate Economics: the state of the art (London, Routledge). In this new book the authors consider the fact that although the opportunity to avert all climate damage has now passed, well-designed mitigation and adaptation policies, if adopted quickly, could still greatly reduce the likelihood of the most tragic and far-reaching impacts of climate change. Getting climate economics right is about helping solve the dilemma of the century. Better approaches to climate economics will allow economists to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. This book analyses potential paths for improvement. Frank Ackerman became a member of TEMTI in 2011.
Godfrey Kayenze (together with Timothy Kondo, Prosper Chitambara and Jos Martens) published a new book, Beyond the Enclave. Towards a Pro-Poor and Inclusive Development Strategy for Zimbabwe (Harare, LEDRIZ). This book argues for a new approach to development in Zimbabwe based on pro-poor and inclusive strategies which will contribute to well-being of all of its citizens and wise stewardship of its natural environment and resources. Godfrey Kayenze joined TEMTI in 2010.
Reverend Awala Longkummer is involved in interfaith peace building activities with the Interfaith Coalition for Peace India as regional coordinator. She also coordinated the ten-day Peace Training Program in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in November 2012. The program covers human rights issues, indigenous women and leadership development, as well as peace building activities. One central aspect of her work pertains to income and resource distribution. Reverend Longkummer’s activities on access and control of natural resources in the North East Territories are central to our work on economic justice and human conflict.
Aseem Shrivastava and Ashish Kothari published their new book Churning the Earth: the Making of Global India (New Delhi, Penguin Viking). This analysis examines India’s rise as a major player in the world economy and contrasts this with the consequences for the people and environment of this country. The book presents incontrovertible evidence of the fact that the growth process in India has been of a predatory nature and questions its political and ecological sustainability.
Herbert Jauch and Deprose Muchena are editors of the book Tearing Us Apart: Inequalities in Southern Africa (Johannesburg and Windhoek: OSISA and LARRI). This important book contains five country level studies on the dynamics and evolution of inequality (Angola, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe). The analysis in each case culminates with specific policy proposals to revert these negative trends and establish a new developmental platform, one that moves away from neoliberal market fundamentalism and in which the state will be able to play a key role. Messrs Jauch and Muchena became members of TEMTI in 2010. If you are looking for further information on Namibia (and sometimes Africa) regarding labour and development issues, you can access Herbert's papers on www.vivaworkers.org.
Sergio Schlesinger published his latest research report Brazilian International Cooperation and Investments: The Internationalization of Ethanol and Biodiesel (FASE with the support of OXFAM, Rio de Janeiro, 2012). This thorough investigation shows that Africa occupies the centre of attention of Brazilian policy of investing in agro-fuels production in other countries. It also demonstrates that Brazilian initiatives in Africa (particularly in Angola and Mozambique) are part of a strategy aiming to put Brazil as the global leader of agro-fuels production using African countries as partners in this leverage that requires turning ethanol and bio-diesel into commodities. The report can be read here. Mr. Schlesinger was responsible for the study of Brazil’s macroeconomic policies and their impact on the environment now published in Policy Matters 18 (downloadable here).
Reverend Malcolm Damon took part in the Seminar of the Finnish Evangelical Mission on Food Security in Seinajoki, Finland in October 2012. In his presentation Mr. Damon explained that about one hundred million children under the age of five are underweight and this means they cannot grow sufficiently: these kids are already disadvantaged before they have even started to participate in life. Reverend Damon is the Executive Director of Economic Justice Network (www.ejn.org.za). His speech can be read here.
Steve Suppan from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) addressed an open letter to the finance ministers of the G20 calling for leadership in financial reform on the occasion of their November 2011 meeting. This important letter stresses the need for new and bold regulatory initiatives to deal with standardized so-called over-the-counter derivatives. These instruments have had a major impact on the volatility of commodity prices. The text of this letter can be found here. Dr. Steve Suppan joined TEMTI in mid-2012
Timothy A. Wise has focused his research on the ongoing food price crisis and how it is affecting developing countries. Following his co-authored 2012 report, “Resolving the Food Crisis: Assessing Global Policy Reforms Since 2007”, he has published on US corn ethanol and its contributions to high food prices. He has also written on Mexico's ongoing import dependence in maize and the government's misguided strategies to address it, rather than investing in sustainable smallholder production. He is currently working on an assessment of the economic modeling behind the dire predictions that we will be unable to feed the world in 2050. He is also leading a research project for India's Research Information Systems Institute on global agricultural policies, with his own contribution focused on the damaging interdependence of food, fuel, and financial markets. In addition: He is dismayed at the Red Sox prospects this season, but he takes heart from what his Mexican colleagues have taught him from their many years of experience - it is less important how well you yourself do than it is that the Yankees do worse. And this year they may.
Alejandro Nadal authored a book on Rethinking Macroeconomics for Sustainability (London, Zed Books). This book examines how macroeconomic policy priorities can be redefined in order to attain the overall objective of sustainability. It covers the evolution of macroeconomic theory and practice in the last eight decades and then considers the changes that are required from a perspective of climate change and the so-called green economy. The book examines financial, monetary and fiscal policies. It also contains a chapter on the changes that are needed in international macroeconomics. Mr. Nadal is also the guest editor of Policy Matters 18, a special issue of CEESP’s flagship publication dedicated to the findings of an international research project on ‘Macroeconomic Policies, Sustainability and Livelihoods’. This publication contains case studies for Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as two chapters on India. Policy Matters 18 was launched in New Delhi by IUCN Executive Director Julia Marton-Lefevre and Dr. Aroha Mead, CEESP’s chair on November 2010. The project for the five Latin American countries was supported by the special 3IC Fund of IUCN. The entire report or its individual chapters can be downloaded here.