- UNCTAD staff
The September 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers brought the international financial system to the edge of collapse. Ten years later, has global finance become safer, simpler,and fairer?
During September 3–7, 2018, UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies hosted a summer school in Geneva (“Money, finance and debt: Old debates, new challenges”) to consider these questions and more. Co-organized with the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s (INET) Young Scholars Initiative, the weeklong gathering drew policymakers and scholars of all ages from 23 countries, who debated topics far and wide: money, finance and hyper-globalization, perspectives on financialization, financing for development and the Sustainable Development Goals, illicit financial flows and cryptocurrencies, and sovereign debt and development.
The UNCTAD Virtual Institute (Vi) was there to capture it all, as well as conduct one-on-one interviews with various experts. Here are some highlights.
Sixty-five academics and government officials from 34 countries successfully completed the fourth edition of the Vi online course on Trade and Poverty Analysis, held June 4 to August 19.
Funded by the Government of Finland, the course provided participants the empirical tools needed to assess the impact of trade and trade-related policies on poverty and income distribution. The ultimate goal of the course is to support governments in the design of pro-poor trade policies conducive to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Government representatives participating in the course reported that they feel better qualified to evaluate how trade policy implemented or envisioned may affect the most vulnerable in their countries.
UNCTAD and the Young Scholars Initiative invite Vi members to participate in UNCTAD's Summer School 2018, "Money, finance and debt – Old debates and new challenges," to be held September 3-7 in Geneva.
Co-organized by the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, the event aims to engage academics and policy experts, as well as young policymakers and scholars, in an international debate on globalization and the management of its consequences for developing countries.
The programme seeks to provide participants with insights regarding current policy within the context of developing countries in which UNCTAD is engaged. An interdisciplinary approach aims to deliver an integral theoretical, historical, economic and policymaking perspective on the topics covered.
Deadline for applications is July 13.