About the Book
The development path traversed by the countries of the Third World since emerging from the colonial era has been anything but smooth. Their efforts to attain effective economic sovereignty alongside political independence, even till the present day, face myriad obstacles thrown up on the global economic scene. This drive to improve the conditions of the developing world’s population has seen the countries of the South seek to forge cooperative links among themselves and engage with the North to restructure international relations on a more equitable basis – not always with success.
In this collection of contemporaneous articles written over a span of more than three decades, Chakravarthi Raghavan traces the course of dialogue, cooperation and confrontation on the global development front through the years. The respected journalist and longtime observer of international affairs brings his inimitable blend of reportage, critique and analysis to bear on such issues as South-South cooperation, corporate-led globalization, the international financial system, trade and the environment-development nexus. Together, these writings present a vivid picture of the Third World’s struggle, in the face of a less-than-conducive external environment, for a development rooted in equity and justice.
About the Author
CHAKRAVARTHI RAGHAVAN, Editor Emeritius of the South-North Development Monitor (SUNS), is a veteran Indian journalist whose professional experience spans six-and-a-half decades, including nine years covering the United Nations in New York and, since 1978, in Geneva closely monitoring and analyzing activities and negotiations at UNCTAD, GATT and the WTO as also the UN specialized agencies. He was formerly at the Press Trust of India, including as its Editor-in-Chief (1971-76). He is the author of Recolonization: GATT, the Uruguay Round and the Third World; The New Issues and Developing Countries; The World Trade Organization and Its Dispute Settlement System: Tilting the Balance Against the South; and Developing Countries and Services Trade: Chasing a Black Cat in a Dark Room Blindfolded; as well as other papers and numerous articles on trade and development, finance and other issues. He was presented the Group of 77/UNDP award for TCDC/ECDC (Technical and Economic Cooperation among Developing Countries) for 1997.
Part I: Overview
Setting the scene
Part II: South-South Cooperation
Towards collective self-reliance
Towards a new international economic order
The promises of Havana
The world crisis and the challenge for the non-aligned
Part III: Trade and Development
Jan Pronk: UNCTAD V, despite failure, will prove to be a milestone in global structural changes
The Trade and Development Report
Crisis si, benefits no
What after UNCTAD VI?
Present at and witness to first TDR
Annex: A reappraisal of development strategies
Part IV: The New World Order, Globalization and Development
The New World Order: A view from the South
Oh for a messiah for the new millennium
Role of multilateral organizations in the globalization process
The New Order, globalization and development
An attempt to repeat history
Globalization and the lessons of the past
A costly annual gathering that has outlived its usefulness
Part V: Money and Finance – From System to Non-System
The emperor has no clothes
From Arusha to New Delhi
Global finance and trade systems need major overhaul
Restructure banking for more balanced and diversified system
Part VI: Environment and Development
New North-South relations needed for UNCED to succeed
Right to development vs right to waste?
Earth Summit: A costly joke or a real turning point?
Part VII: Miscellany
Industrialization of Third World for benefit of TNCs or people?
Third World can cure or control diseases with proper drug policies
The law of the seed
Equity in ether
Book review: India: Degradation and Development
A year lost – between market and church
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