Poland or Coalland?
Dark, smoggy, poisonous … Yes, welcome to many parts of Poland. This is the only EU country whose economy actually grew during the recent recession. But there is a pricetag to be paid for this and that pricetag is the health of the Polish people. Never mind can growth and […]
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Learning about poverty and progress
Roughly ten years ago I was in a rural community in the south of Costa Rica as the team leader of a group of 14 volunteers who came from different first world countries. The idea was that they would have a chance to work with grass-roots organizations and travel to […]
Is Norway and its Oil Fund a sustainable “resource blessing”?
The Norwegian Oil Fund reinvests state revenues from the country’s petroleum sector to preserve today’s wealth for future generations. This system brings together growth and sustainability – but does it in reality? Norway is known as one of the richest countries in the world. Its fortune is based on its […]
The Myth of Inclusive Growth through International Loans
If we know that the benefits of growth do not automatically trickle down to generate more equal societies, we need to adopt a new inclusive approach to policymaking that looks at the social as well as the economic effect of policy actions. – OECD Allah Baksh pushes his laden handcart […]
Growth and Sustainability: The Pacific Way
The traditional lifestyles of the Pacific Islanders are an epitome of how growth can go hand in hand with sustainability. Growth for them is not about economic acceleration. Growth is more intangible in nature; personal growth, cultural growth, spiritual growth and collective growth. Growth happens within the natural limits of […]