From the Venezuelan exodus to congressman Berville’s request for the renewal of French official development assistance; here is an overview of August 2018 publications on development.
Marxist economist Samir Amin is deceased. He was a prominent anti-globalization thinker. His theories on Southern countries’ impoverishment processes and its benefits to developed countries have marked antiliberal economic thought. His works are now major references for the partisans of an alternate internationalism.
“ Death of a Marxist ” , The Hindu, August 14, 2018
Endless lines at the borders and entire families uprooted and famished. One might have thought these scenes were exclusive to war zones. So far, over 2 million people have fled Venezuela, carrying their children and their belongings, generating an unprecedented migration crisis in Latin America.
“ Fleeing Venezuelans face suspicion and hostility as migration crisis worsens ” , The Guardian, August 19, 2018
Hervé Berville, a French congressman for La République en marche, has handed in a report to President Macron on official development assistance. This report notably offers to redefine relationships between Africa and Europe. Here is an interview of him.
“ Hervé Berville (LREM) : « La relation Europe-Afrique est fondamentale » ” , RFI, August 29, 2018 (in French)
Mid-August, the Tunisian president has rekindled a debate which has often troubled Tunisian society, regarding inheritance equality between men and women. Stemming from this particular proposal, a larger debate questions the vision of Islam carried out by government law.
“ Tunisia’s next political battle: equal inheritance rights ” , Al Monitor, August 28, 2018
During her first official trip to Africa, Theresa May has announced a boost in British investments in Africa. The news was well received by her counterparts, although catching up with other G7 countries’ investments might turn out to be difficult.
“ Theresa May pledges Africa investment boost after Brexit ” , BBC News, August 28, 2018
Not only has Kofi Annan been Secretary-General of the United Nations for a decade, all of his career has been devoted to this international organization. He was a convinced defender of multilateral agreements up until his last mission in Syria in 2012, although his career path is not above reproach.
“ Kofi Annan, who redefined the U.N., dies at 80 ” , New York Times, August 18, 2018
A year after the United States pulled out of the Paris Agreement, Australia gave up on inscribing the 2015 commitments in the law. This is yet another blow to this historic agreement, which was reached to limit the raise in temperature to 2 degrees.
“ Climate change is World War III, and we are leaderless ” , ABC News, August 27, 2018
About this publication
Discover each month on ID4D the “Development News”, with a brief overview of a topical issue, and the “Press review”, with a selection of web articles, reflections and analyses.