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This Week in Markets and Democracy: Cost of Tax Evasion, Curbing Corruption, and Labor Rights

by Shannon K. O'Neil Thursday, July 2, 2015
A labourer works at the construction site of a residential complex in Kolkata, December 21, 2013 (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters). A laborer works at the construction site of a residential complex in Kolkata, December 21, 2013 (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters).

This is a post of a new series on the Development Channel,“This Week in Markets and Democracy.” Each Friday, CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program will highlight the week’s noteworthy events and articles.

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Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

by Rachel Vogelstein Tuesday, June 30, 2015
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon speaks during a closing ceremony of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development summit in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2012. Ueslei Marcelino/Courtesy Reuters UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon speaks during a closing ceremony of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development summit in Rio de Janeiro June 22, 2012. Ueslei Marcelino/Courtesy Reuters

This year—2015—is an auspicious moment for global development. In September, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, UN member states will adopt a new framework that will guide international development over the next fifteen years. In advance of the fall summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—as well as the upcoming Third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—I hosted Thomas Gass, assistant secretary-general for policy coordination and inter-agency affairs at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, deputy chief executive officer at the United Nations Foundation and former U.S. chief negotiator on the SDGs, to discuss gender equality and the future of the international development agenda.

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Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Strengthening Health Systems for Sustainability

by Guest Blogger for Shannon K. O'Neil Monday, June 29, 2015
A man walks by a mural with health instructions on treating the Ebola virus, in Monrovia, November 18, 2014. (James Giahyue/Reuters) A man walks by a mural with health instructions on treating the Ebola virus, in Monrovia, November 18, 2014. (James Giahyue/Reuters)

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Amit Chandra, an emergency physician and global health consultant based in Washington, DC.

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This Week in Markets and Democracy: African Progress, EU Transparency, Term Limits, Foreign Aid, and War Crimes

by Shannon K. O'Neil Friday, June 26, 2015
Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala greets upon his arrival to take part in the International Conference of Nepal Reconstruction in Kathmandu, June 25, 2015. According to the local media report the government expects big aid pledge from the donors taking part in the conference for rebuilding Nepal after the earthquake. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters) Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala greets upon his arrival to take part in the International Conference of Nepal Reconstruction in Kathmandu, June 25, 2015. According to the local media report the government expects big aid pledge from the donors taking part in the conference for rebuilding Nepal after the earthquake. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

This post is part of the series, “This Week in Markets and Democracy.” Each Friday, CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, will highlight the week’s noteworthy events and articles.

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Progress on Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security

by Catherine Powell Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Afghan National Army (ANA) female officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul, October 8, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters) Afghan National Army (ANA) female officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul, October 8, 2013. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution recognizing the importance of women as leaders in the peace and security sector, not merely as victims of conflict. I recently hosted Nahla Valji—the head of women, peace, and security work at UN Women—to discuss international progress on the resolution and the U.S. role in its implementation.

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This Week in Markets and Democracy: Climate Finance, Aid, Anti-Corruption Tech, and the ICC

by Shannon K. O'Neil Friday, June 19, 2015
Leaders of the AU stand during the opening of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg June 14, 2015. A South African court issued an interim order on Sunday preventing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir leaving the country, where he was attending an African Union summit, until the judge hears an application calling for his arrest. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) Leaders of the AU stand during the opening of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg June 14, 2015. A South African court issued an interim order on Sunday preventing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir leaving the country, where he was attending an African Union summit, until the judge hears an application calling for his arrest. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

This is the fourth post of a new series on the Development Channel, “This Week in Markets and Democracy.” Each Friday, CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, will highlight the week’s noteworthy events and articles.

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Flawed and Unequal Justice in Pakistan

by Catherine Powell Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai delivers a speech during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2014 (Cornelius Poppe/Reuters/NTB Scanpix/Pool). Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai delivers a speech during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2014 (Cornelius Poppe/Reuters/NTB Scanpix/Pool).

Earlier this month, Pakistani authorities revealed that eight of the ten men accused in the 2012 attack on Malala Yousafzai were acquitted, despite a previous announcement that all ten were sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. Malala’s case is especially remarkable considering she won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, recognizing her advocacy for girls’ education even after being shot in the head for her work.

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Gender Equality at the G7 Summit

by Rachel Vogelstein Saturday, June 13, 2015
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and British Prime Minister David Cameron (L-R) prepare for a family photo during their meeting at the hotel castle Elmau in Kruen, Germany, June 7, 2015 (Christian Hartmann/Reuters). Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and British Prime Minister David Cameron (L-R) prepare for a family photo during their meeting at the hotel castle Elmau in Kruen, Germany, June 7, 2015 (Christian Hartmann/Reuters).

As the annual Group of Seven (G7) Summit ended this week, world leaders issued a declaration to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. Prominently featured in this document is a call to promote women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, described as a “key driver of innovation, growth, and jobs.”

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This Week in Markets and Democracy: Corruption in China, Mediterranean Migrant Crisis, Child Labor, and Turkish Elections

by Shannon K. O'Neil Friday, June 12, 2015
A group of 300 sub-Saharan Africans on board a boat are seen next to an Italian marine ship (top) during a rescue operation by the Italian Finance Police vessel Di Bartolo (not pictured) off the coast of Sicily, May 14, 2015. Around 1100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily, about 130 miles from Lampedusa, according to the police. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters) A group of 300 sub-Saharan Africans on board a boat are seen next to an Italian marine ship (top) during a rescue operation by the Italian Finance Police vessel Di Bartolo (not pictured) off the coast of Sicily, May 14, 2015. Around 1100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily, about 130 miles from Lampedusa, according to the police. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

This is the third post of a new series on the Development Channel, “This Week in Markets and Democracy.” Each Friday, CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, will highlight the week’s noteworthy events and articles.

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Loan Guarantees and Financial Inclusion in the Developing World

by Guest Blogger for Shannon K. O'Neil Wednesday, June 10, 2015
An entrepreneur in Guatemala works on her loom. She received support from Friendship Bridge, a client of MCE Social Capital that provides impoverished Guatemalan women microfinance and education services, 2013. (Courtesy Friendship Bridge) An entrepreneur in Guatemala works on her loom. She received support from Friendship Bridge, a client of MCE Social Capital that provides impoverished Guatemalan women microfinance and education services, 2013. (Courtesy Friendship Bridge)

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Gary Ford, chief executive officer of MCE Social Capital, and Benjamin D. Stone, director of strategy and general counsel of MCE Social Capital and a CFR term member. Here they discuss how loan guarantees can help unlock economic opportunities for people in the developing world.

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