TF! Editorial Comment: With spiraling petroleum prices, interest in renewables is growing rapidly. In many cases, recent technological advances coupled with increasing systems deployment is making renewable options more attractive. In the article below, civil society organizations are mobilizing to encourage the wholesale shift to renewables and are urging companies to exercise their purchasing power in helping to lead the way to energy sustainability.
April 19, 2005 | Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh
TF! Editorial Comment: Microfinance is fast becoming one of the most powerful forces in the struggle to eradicate poverty. Now being implemented in over 100 countries around the world, microfinance initiatives--extending credit to the poor to create a cycle of investment, profit and savings--were pioneered over 25 years ago by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. As the article below discusses, Grameen Bank aims to lift 10 million families from poverty in the next 10 years and has expanded its product offering to include services such as higher education loans and pension schemes.
Apr 7, 2005 | The New Nation, Bangladesh
TF! Editorial Comment: Agriculture has long been a sticking point in international trade, often pitting heavily subsidized US and European farmers against subsistence and small-scale farmers in developing economies. It cannot just be about cheap food, but rather the integral nature and complex relationships of agriculture, food security, rural development, local economies and sustainability. In the article below, Sharma argues that influential economists like Jagdish Bhagwati are invested in a worldview that perpetuates existing power structures and cannot reconcile the competing frameworks of massive agricultural subsidies in the West, the dogma of free trade and sustainable development.
Apr 12, 2005 | IPS
TF! Editorial Comment: Ahead of the upcoming WTO talks, agriculture will again be a hot topic. Millions derive their livelihood from farming and a country's agricultural production systems are central to food security, and in many cases, rural development. Liberalization of rice trading in particular, is rife with economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological impacts, and as the article below discusses poses a direct threat to millions of farm families.
April 5, 2005 | OneWorld, US
TF! Editorial Comment: The concept of corporate social responsibility together with growing environmental awareness (among others trends) is creating a heightened sense of corporate accountability that extends far beyond the bottom line. Civil society is often at the forefront of efforts to hold corporations accountable and, as the article below discusses, they are using new strategies like activism at annual shareholder meetings, to pressure corporations to change.