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Managing markets to reduce gender bias and maximize community benefits

“It is crucial that local governments ensure markets are safe spaces for women. Many marketplace vendors are women. Marketplaces offer women the opportunity to advance their socioeconomic status, protect their livelihoods and improve overall well-being. But the gender bias built into markets’ organizational structure and management culture impedes women from taking these opportunities. In fact, …

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Budgeting – why the deficit is only part of the story

This blog is the first in a series on public financial management (PFM). We start by identifying the principles of financial management from the experience of an individual. Later we will investigate how the personal and organisational interact. Much of the focus of political discussions is on the budget surplus or deficit. Figure 1 US …

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Achievements in 2020 #3

Dr Penny Burns hosted the Talking Infrastructure Workshop, in Adelaide in February 2020 on ‘Modern Monetary Theory and its relevance for Infrastructure Decision Making’.  She contributed to the “Reshaping Infrastructure” issues Paper May 2020 by Climate Works Australia and to the United Nations Manual on Local Government Asset Management in August 2020. She gave a …

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Achievements in 2020 #2

Kieren McGovern has been coordinating a UNDP-ADB Asia Pacific project that formulates Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) national implementation snapshots for country programming. See the Indonesia Snapshot,  https://sdgsnapshot.org/indonesia Once COVID hit he worked on the UN response grants and the Asia Pacific UNDP led socio-economic impact assessments that now number 22. To end the year he …

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Nuclear Disarmament, a case for inverted thinking? – Dr Penny Burns

With the Honduras, 50 countries have now ratified the UN Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and there was much celebration. There are 84 signatories, so 34 are still to ratify. None of the 84 have nuclear weapons. Meanwhile countries that do, like the USA, Russia, the UK, France and China, India, Pakistan and North Korea …

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