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Cover Corporate Influence on the G20

For transnational corporations and their national and international associations and lobby groups, the G20 process provides important opportunities to engage with the world’s most powerful governments on a regular basis, shape their discourse, and influence their decisions. Read more about the influence of the Business20 (B20) in the following study.

This publication reviews the possible approaches that the German G20 and financial institutions should consider in order to ensure that infrastructure is climate compatible and socially beneficial.

Infrastructure development acts as a gateway to natural resources and markets, powers industry, and provides key services to citizens around the world. However, the OECD’s infrastructure investment advice to the G20 is “out of sync” with recent achievements of the global community, such as the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

At the request of the G20, staff at the World Bank has prepared a report recommending model language for public-private partnership (PPP) contracts. Unfortunately, the proposals fail to grapple with several of the problems that have plagued many PPP schemes, or contribute in a constructive way to finding solutions to them. 

The G20 has fallen behind other international organizations in addressing the challenges of climate change and supporting sustainable energy transformation and electrification. This article lays the foundation for a reflection and discussion on what the G20 can usefully do to support these transformations, and how it must change to achieve this.
G20-BRICS Final Issue, July 2015 - Development: Super-Sized or Sustainable?

This issue highlights safeguards, global financial instability and fragility, Turkey's economy and fossil fuel subsidies, and the tension between G20 and UN leadership on infrastructure.

The Euro Zone Drama: Classical Drama in Five Acts or Reincarnation of an Old Idea?

In 2015, for the first time in the history of the European Union (EU), a populist left party, SYRIZA in Greece, won a major election. Since then, the EU has faced an existential challenge, the solution to which determines nothing less than the collective survival of the EU or its dissolution into single nation-state entities.

G20-BRICS Update #22 - Will the New G20 Troika Advance "Sustainable Development"?

This issue entitled, "Will the New G20 Troika Advance Sustainable Development?" includes feature articles on Public-Private Partnerships (will they help achieve climate and sustainable development goals?); the Turkish Civil 20; and ragged progress on the G20 Anti-Corruption agenda.

Carbon Intensity & Energy Infrastructure. An Overview and Country Case Studies from Latin America, Asia and Africa

The world is running out of time when it comes to limiting global warming to 2°C.  In this paper, Nora Rohde examines whether the master plans for energy mega-projects in three regions contributes to that goal.

"Assembly Lines" for Project Development: The Role of Infrastructure Project Preparation Facilities (PPFs)

Some claim that the biggest obstacle to boosting investment levels and reviving the global economy as the absence of regional "pipelines of bankable projects". In this paper, Nora Rohde describes the "solution" --Project Preparation Facilities (PPFs) to accelerate the launch of (mega)projects.

A Commentary on Turkey's Growth Strategy

At the 9th G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, all member states presented their individual plans to promote “stronger economic growth and employment outcomes”. As G20 President this year, Turkey may consider its growth strategy and employment plan as models for other G20 countries. Its approach may also shape the G20 agenda. To explore these possibilities, this paper presents and comments on some highlights of the Turkish plans.

The Emerging Multi-Polar World Order

The new investment and development model is evolving with breathtaking speed due to not only the strong global consensus in support of it, but also the competition between the West and emerging powers to implement the model.

The G20 Adrift: Selected Outcomes of the 2014 Summit

This paper highlights decisions of the G20 Summit as they relate to: Taxation and  Corruption; Labor and Gender Participation in the Workforce; Financial Regulation; Trade; Climate Change, Food, and Energy; Global Governance; and Infrastructure.

Infrastructure: for people or for profit? (Español: Infraestructura: para la gente o para el lucro?)

Worldwide, the essential role of infrastructure is being rediscovered.  However, mega-projects -- including in the energy sector -- need good governance in order to deliver benefits and avoid harm to communities, ecology and the climate.  The 20+ authors in this anthology describe the challenge and imperative of achieving democratic and responsible governance of infrastructure. This publication is available in English and Spanish.

G20-BRICS Update #21 - Bulldozing Consensus on (Infrastructure) Investment

This issue of the G20-BRICS Update covers the hopes and fears for the G20 Summit in November 2014; outcomes of the BRICS Summit in July 2014; the G20's Global Infrastructure Initiative; and Korea's experience with public-private partnerships (PPP)s.

Introduction to the G20

This paper provides background on the G20 and the upcoming Australian G20 Summit, which will be held in Brisbane in November 2014.

According to this report, systematic discrimination against women drives patterns of inequality and poverty.  It argues that  the G20 cannot achieve inclusive growth with gender-blind policies. Therefore, the G20 must reassess its entire agenda and, among other things, promote women's rights in employment, social protection, and fiscal policy.

In this special issue of the G20-BRICS Update, scholars and activists share views on the potential of the BRICS and their new initiatives.

High Ambitions and High Risks

Will PIDA accelerate the colonial patterns of resource extraction or foster the economic diversification required for Africa to prosper and expand job opportunities?

TTIP and Fossil Fuel Subsidies

In this report, we assess the potential of three relatively promising international processes – the focus on fossil fuel subsidy (FFS) reform in the G20 group, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – to act as possible routes to reform in a transatlantic context.

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