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Visible Hands: Taking Responsibility for Social Development

Programme Area: Special Events (2000 - 2009)
Project Title: Geneva 2000: The Next Step in Social Development
No. of Pages: 190

From Chapter 1: Globalization with a Human Mask…

Globalization is splintering many societies and doing little to eradicate poverty. Grudgingly, the international financial institutions have conceded that the neoliberal model has harmful consequences. But they prefer to mask the damage rather than shift to more humane, and more productive, forms of development.

Globalization has had the aura of an irresistible force of nature: a tidal wave of free trade, open markets, capital flows and high technology, and a deluge of information, that will eventually deliver progress for all.

This triumphalist tone can still be heard, but less often. Integration has certainly proceeded apace, and communications technology and the Internet sweep onward, while the trading environment becomes ever more liberal. But now there is less certainty that these developments are really improving people’s lives.

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