Links we Love

Vanessa Furey
By Vanessa Furey: November 3rd, 2011

For this week’s ‘Links we Love’ we’re looking at stories relating to the G20. World leaders have arrived in Cannes for the meeting which is being hosted by France. VSO UK’s Parliamentary Relations Manager, Martin McCluskey, has travelled to the summit to keep an eye on the progress of the talks. Here he argues that the response to the global recession must include a solution which prioritises opportunities for the world’s poorest people. Martin will be blogging throughout the summit so check back for more updates

Meanwhile the Independent’s Ben Chu discusses how the G20 is a pivotal moment that could make or break the world’s economy. However research by the BBC suggests strikingly different attitudes to the economic outlook between rich and developing countries.

It’s fair to say that situation with the global economy is having an effect on people both in the UK and overseas. VSO UK believes that if the G20 focuses on creating decent work for people in developing countries would not only empower people to lift themselves out of poverty, but could also help boost the recovery of the global economy. We don’t believe that there is a choice between dealing with the domestic situation and what is happening elsewhere, it’s about both.

In this article one of VSO’s young volunteers describes how, despite the skills she acquired during her placement, she’s finding it tough to break into the world of paid work.

Elsewhere there has been a lot of coverage of the recent report by the International Labour Organisation. Both Al Jazeera and the Independent commented on how the world is on the brink of a new jobs recession which could further ignite social unrest as has been seen during the Arab spring.

Also heading to the G20 summit in Cannes is Bill Gates, who has added his voice to the calls for a global Financial Transaction Tax, or Robin Hood Tax. In Guardian, he talks about how world leaders could raise an extra $48bn (£30bn) a year to fight global poverty by levying a small tax on share and bond trading.

Finally to end with a bit of good news for the UK. It turns out you are all an incredibly generous bunch and believe that not only is it crucial for the UK to be playing its part in regards to international aid, but think we should be giving closer to 7.9% of our nation income on aid, significantly higher than the current  0.7%.

At the same time The Centre for Global Development has released its most recent table which looks at how the biggest donor countries policies help or hurt the world’s poorest countries

That’s all from me for this week so now it’s over to you, what have you seen that has had you hooked or got you ranting? Let us know and we will try to feature them.


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