Tag Archives: Sustainable Development

Pause aid budget and audit for political activity, The Australian

It’s time to hit the pause button on Australia’s rapidly growing aid budget and audit expenditure against an appropriate assessment of political activity. Despite a delay in the recent budget, Australia’s total aid spending has grown significantly. In the Rudd … Continue reading

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Memo to Indonesia: Clear the red tape, The Age

Despite decades of reform, Indonesia’s potential as a strong growth economy fuelled by investment won’t be realised until all levels of government learn to get out of the way. Like a lot of countries throughout south-east Asia, Indonesia came through … Continue reading

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Indonesia needs reform to remain an attractive investment destination, Jakarta Globe

The feisty debate between the House of Representatives and the finance minister over purchasing a stake in miner Newmont Nusa Tenggara points to broader issues facing Indonesian investment laws. Considering Indonesia’s continued economic resilience during and following the global financial … Continue reading

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Why palm oil does not deserve its bad press

Recent campaigns against palm oil show non-governmental organisations are more interested in pandering to rich country donors than promoting sustainable economic and environmental development for Southeast Asia’s poor. Following attacks from palm oil industry interests in November last year, the … Continue reading

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The road after Copenhagen, The Mint (India)

The accord from the Copenhagen climate change conference wasn’t the result of a negotiation, but unidirectional concessions by developed countries to developing ones to support an agreement that obliged the latter to offer nothing in return. Consider the scorecard. Before … Continue reading

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