Thursday, March 02, 2006

3 interesting books from UNDP

I think that many of you may find followin book very interesting. "The new public finance. Responding to global challenges" takes stock of how public finance has changed in response to the challenges--exigencies and opportunities--presented by globalization.

The book examines a wide gamut of new and innovative policies and financing instruments that governments can--and increasingly, do--use to manage cross-border risks and respond in a more affordable and sustainable way to global challenges such as avian flu, climate change, excessive financial volatility, commodity price fluctuations, or international terrorism.

Next book "Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization" addresses the long overdue issue of how to adjust the concept of public goods to today's economic and political realities. It examines a series of managerial and political challenges that pertain to the design and implementation of product strategies as well as the monitoring and evaluation of global public goods provision. Suggestions are presented on a number of policy reforms and recommendations are made on how to move in a more feasible and systematic way towards a fairer process of globalization that works in the interests of all.

The third book worth mentioning here is "Global Public Goods: International Cooperation in the 21st Century". Edited by the UNDP, this collection of papers offers a new rationale and frame work for international development cooperation. Its main argument is that in actual practice development cooperation has already moved beyond aid. In the name of aid (i.e. assistance to poor countries), we are today dealing with issues such as the ozone hole, global climate change, HIV, drug trafficking and financial volatility. All of these issues are not really poverty-related. Rather, they concern global housekeeping: ensuring an adequate provision of global public goods.

More information you can find at this website and at Oxford University Press.


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