New ASAP Delphi Study on Illicit Financial Flows Post-2015

3 Jun

Academics Stand Against Poverty is conducting a Delphi study on the best way to tackle illicit financial flows through the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Illicit financial flows are international movements of funds illegally earned, transferred or utilized. Examples include the proceeds of crime and corruption and funds involved in tax avoidance and evasion schemes. Evidence suggests that developing countries are losing very large amounts of money to illicit financial flows. According to Global Financial Integrity, illicit flows from developing countries totalled $946.7 billion in 2011, and $5.9 trillion cumulatively from 2002 to 2011. This is roughly ten times the amount of money developing countries received in official development assistance. As a result of these losses, the affected countries are less able to finance infrastructure development and provide essential services such as healthcare and education.

“Catching up in a Multipolar World” – Analysing Pakistan’s Economy

12 May

Mansoor Dailami is the Manager of the Emerging Global Trends Team of the Development Prospects Group at the World Bank. He is responsible for the monitoring and analysis of emerging global economic and financial trends that affect the prospects for developing countries’ growth, investment, and finance. Dailami has links with Cat in her capacity as co-founder of the School of International Futures, which hosts annual retreats focusing on strategic foresight in an international arena

Dailami’s article on the states of Pakistan’s economy was recently published in the weekly magazine Money Matters. This article offers a well-supported analysis of Pakistan’s standing in international affairs and its economic capability. Placing Pakistan’s current economic position into the context of development history and regional politics, Dailami argues that it is crucial Pakistani policy makers begin to think strategically about the country’s international economic standing, and strive to match the emerging market economies of Asia and Latin America. He offers an interesting comparison of Pakistan’s economic status in relation to other emerging markets such as Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire, highlighting the extent Pakistan is lagging behind when examining its per capita income, only $1,200 compared to figures such as $10,666 in turkey and $10,432 in Malaysia, and the amount of foreign direct assistance it has received over the last three years – only $1.3 billion, compared to figures such as $17.6 billion in Indonesia and $12.5 billion in Malaysia. Dailami takes these comparisons and explores what Pakistan needs in terms of capital investment, policy reform and state capability in order to increase economic growth.

Pakistan Calling Present New Films at September Screening

16 Sep

The RSA’s (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) project, Pakistan Calling, has been growing in success since its inception earlier in 2013. Its development continues as new films are presented at recent film screening in early September to showcase the relations between the UK and Pakistan. Pakistan Calling provides a platform for films that present links between civil and cultural organisations and communities in Pakistan and the UK. These films explore some of the many pressing social problems faced by Pakistan and challenges perceptions of today’s Pakistan. It aims to promote constructive cross-cultural dialogue between Pakistan and Britain and attempts to build community trust and support for the British Pakistani Diaspora and the organisations working with them.

Following the Aid Debate: Exploring Involve’s Reports on ‘Resetting the Aid Relationship’

27 May

RSA “Pakistan Calling” Programme Enters Successful Second Month

20 May

Paper Release: “New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict”

17 May

‘Resetting the Aid Relationship’: Involve’s Approach to Engaging the British Public

26 Apr

Democracy and Sustainability Platform Launches Today!

20 Mar