All posts by Kevin Sorkin

  • Sovereign borrowing set to fall – OECD report

    Although the economic outlook remains challenging, a new report from the OECD estimates that global gross borrowing requirements will fall in 2014. The Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2014 estimates a global

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  • Figures reveal success of small nations

    While larger countries naturally get most of the airtime, small developed countries have done disproportionately well over the last few decades. How they continue this successful trend in a world

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  • Spain suspends sales of riot gear to Venezuela

    Spain has suspended sales of riot gear to the Venezuelan government after public demonstrations in the country resulted in the death of 39 citizens, and caused injury to 600 more.

    • Posted April 13, 2014
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  • Initiative argues the case for rights-centred development

    An initiative that aims to integrate human rights with sustainable development policies has issued a statement to inform the next stage of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The Righting Finance

    • Posted April 13, 2014
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  • Study shows limitations of subsidy cuts post-Arab Spring

    A study by the Arab NGO Network for Development shows the limited success of IMF recommendations in safeguarding the economies of transitioning Arab countries. The report was produced in collaboration

    • Posted April 13, 2014
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  • OECD report shows modest increase in unemployment

    The latest unemployment figures from the OECD show a modest increase in unemployment across the group, with ongoing stability in the Eurozone. In the OECD area overall, covering 34 countries

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  • Jailed opposition leader blamed for violence in Venezuela

    The leader of one of Venezuela’s opposition parties, Leopoldo Lopez, has been charged with inciting violence in the country. Lopez was already being held in custody, where he has been

    • Posted April 13, 2014
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  • Drug-smuggling tunnels found on US-Mexican border

    Authorities in the US have discovered two tunnels on the Mexico-US border that they claim have been used to smuggle drugs between the nations. A 73-year-old woman has been arrested

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  • A smart move for streamlined service delivery?

    Graham Scott analyses the potential of smart ID cards to drive efficiency in public services Imagine that every bit of information a government needs about its citizens could be stored

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  • Japan Celebrates 50 Years in OECD

    The OECD celebrates a historic landmark this year, as it marks the 50th anniversary of Japan’s membership of the group. Japan joined the OECD in 1964, three years after it

    • Posted April 13, 2014
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