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Generously giving the Biden administration the benefit of the doubt, it may be possible to see last Friday morning’s quiet announcement of an Executive Order (EO) impounding of $7 billion of Afghanistan’s foreign reserve funds as an attempt to “preserve a substantial portion of Afghanistan’s reserves to support the needs of the Afghan people.” It is not possible, however, to see this as anything other than very worrying news for the long-suffering Afghan people.
Feb 16, 2022

Kasaï is one of the regions most affected by customary conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Between 2002 and 2015, local civil society counted more than a thousand occurrences of conflict in the region. In 2016, the Kamuina Nsapu affair also revealed the manipulation of customary power and the violence that followed.

Feb 02, 2022

Do you know how much money the Congolese state is losing because of customs exemptions? More than $630 million per year between 2011 and 2020. That's a little more than what the General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF) had documented in 2020.

Jan 21, 2022

This research paper analyzes six case studies across North America and Europe (Berlin, New York City, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Vancouver) where the orthodoxies of modern housing policy are being challenged. It also addresses the exclusionary practices and spatial inequality that have become common fixtures across the Global North. These fall under three distinct categories: protecting renters, building coalitions and new narratives, and curbing harmful demand.

Dec 20, 2021
Paula Sevilla Núñez, Adam Almeida
2030 Agenda

It would be good to write a very optimistic piece at the dawn of 2022—and indeed we do try to focus in this piece not just on trends but on solutions. Yet, overall, it is impossible to avoid “telling it as it is”—internationally and for multilateral action, the year has not had an auspicious start. Omicron is sweeping through communities worldwide, with many hospital systems warning of the risk of being overwhelmed. The political instability of which we and many others have long warned, driven by economic and governance links, is coming to pass. Kazakhstan is the most recent example, but this also covers the quintupling of coups in Africa in 2021, and heightened polarization in many Western, Asian, and Latin American electoral processes.

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