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UNU-WIDER WP/2010/01 The Triple Crisis and the Global Aid Architecture

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WP/01 The Triple Crisis and the Global Aid Architecture

The global economy is passing through a period of profound change. The immediate concern is with the financial crisis, originating in the North. The South is affected via reduced demand and lower prices for their exports, reduced private financial flows, and falling remittances. This is the first crisis. Simultaneously, climate change remains unchecked, with the growth in greenhouse gas emissions exceeding previous estimates. This is the second crisis. Finally, malnutrition and hunger are on the rise, propelled by the recent inflation in global food prices. This constitutes the third crisis. These three crises interact to undermine the prosperity of present and future generations. Each has implications for international aid and underline the need for concerted action.
WIDER Working Paper
WP/01 The Triple Crisis and the Global Aid Architecture
Tony Addison, Channing Arndt, and Finn Tarp
Publication date:
January 2010
ISBN 13 Web:
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financial crisis, global food prices, climate change
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UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to its research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
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