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Newsletter of the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network, Issue no. 24, April 2012

Moving from finance-driven to development-centred globalisation at UNCTAD XIII

“Financial markets and institutions have become the masters rather than the servants of the real economy, distorting trade and investment, heightening levels of inequality, and posing a systemic threat to economic stability“ wrote in his report to the upcoming 13th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, UNCTAD Secretary General. The conference, that will take place on 21-26th April 2012 in Qatar, has the ambition to place the focus of globalization away from the financial markets on to inclusive, sustainable development results. Trade union delegation, coordinated by the ITUC, will advocate the establishment of Social Protection Floors, securing states’ policy space for development, Decent Work Agenda as well as macroeconomic policies for jobs creation and targets for green jobs creation.

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Trade unions join the OECD/DAC Senior Level Meeting

John Evans, TUAC Secretary General, represented the trade union movement following the first-ever invitation from the DAC Chair, Brian Atwood, to the OECD Development Assistance Committee Senior Level Meeting. The meeting took place on April 3-4 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris.

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Value of aid from OECD countries declines

In 2011 OECD countries spent 3% less on aid in real terms than the previous year. The first drop in 15 years is attributed to the global financial crisis. The biggest cuts were recorded in Greece, Spain and Iceland. With grim economic prospects and only a few countries on track, EU is unlikely to meet the collective 0.7% GNI target by 2015.

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OECD Global Forum on Development

On 28-29 February 2012 OECD hosted in Paris the yearly Global Forum on Development. TUDCN and TUAC delegates joined the event to discuss the new OECD Strategy on Development and the best practice in effective public expenditure.

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News from the Network

CGSLB partner organizations from Africa using the TUDEP

In the frame of our new 3 year Belgium development cooperation program 2012-2014 the Liberal Trade Union of Belgium (CGSLB) and her partner organizations committed to use the TUDEP tool in building out the quality of our partnership. 

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News from the Network

Ecuador’s informal workers receive training as bar and restaurant attendants

A vocational training programme aimed at preparing 20 informal workers to work as bar and restaurant attendants has come to a close in Quito, Ecuador. The initiative was part of the Training for Employment pilot project funded by AECID and carried out with the technical assistance of Ecuador’s Labour Relations Ministry.

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News from the Network

Belgium: Questions asked about the working practices of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)

The findings of an investigation conducted by Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir in late February 2012 (“Public aid vanishes into tax havens” ) have aroused a great deal of public debate both in Belgium and abroad. According to the newspaper’s investigation, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), which is 84% owned by the Belgian state, “has invested some €151.7 million in 36 investment funds domiciled in 11 jurisdictions”, in particular financial centres such as Mauritius and the Cayman Islands.

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News from the Network

The future of development cooperation with Latin America – Report on a development actors’ conference in Brussels

Around a hundred development actors attended a conference on the future of development cooperation with Latin America on 27 March 2012 in Brussels. The conference focused on identifying new trends and challenges in cooperation with Latin American, following numerous statements about consolidation and differentiation between cooperation policy at EU level and within EU Member States, such as Belgium.

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News from the Network

‘Social dialogue for decent work’ - The new CSC/ACV trade union cooperation programme

The start of 2012 saw Belgium’s Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (CSC/ACV) embark on a new three-year trade union cooperation programme. The new programme, entitled Social dialogue for decent work, aims to foster partnerships with organisations in nine countries across three continents: KSBSI in Indonesia, the CLC in Cambodia, the NDWM in India, CSC-Congo, CONSAWU in South Africa, the CDT in Morocco, the CGT in Colombia, the UGT in Brazil and the CTH in Haiti. The programme fits within a context of trade union cooperation supported by the Belgian government’s Directorate-General for Development (DGD).

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News from the Network

HIV/AIDS - Union involvement boosts VCT in Nigeria

Union involvement boosts VCT in Nigeria Voluntary Counseling Confidential Testing (VCCT) organized under the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) – Trades Union Congress (TUC) workplace initiative has proved popular among workers in the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria where HIV prevalence is considered to be third highest in the country.

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News from the Network

TUC backs the Live Below the Line campaign

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) in the UK is backing the Live Below the Line campaign. The Live Below the Line campaign seeks to stir people's conscience on the need to eliminate extreme poverty and hunger at global level. It invites people to make a commitment to spend just £1 a day on meals for five days and have a glimpse into the lives of some 1.4b people throughout the globe having to do so out of sheer necessity. The UK campaign starts on 5 March and the global campaign will be from 7 to 11 May 2012. Last year's campaign supported by the TUC and affiliates raised over £180,000 for charities.

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News from the Network

UGTA: Workshop on unions and crisis

A trade union workshop aimed at examining and discussing union action in the context of the current crisis was held  within the framework of the cooperation project between the CCOO's 'Peace and Solidarity' Foundation and the Algerian trade union centre UGTA. Trade unionists taking part in the workshop entitled "The Global Crisis: What Role can Trade Unions Play?" examined the causes of the crisis, the challenges it raises, its impact on development and the repercussions in different countries, based on the Algerian and Spanish cases.

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News from the Network

UGTT: Commitment to Women's Rights and the Rule of Law

Women's rights are unquestionable. The UGTT presented the Tunisian Constituent Assembly with a draft constitution founded on the principles of equality, the right to employment and social and economic justice as key elements. This activity is part of the joint project between the UGTT and the CCOO's 'Peace and Solidarity' Foundation, within the framework of the Africa - Mediterranean Cooperation Agreement, funded by the Spanish agency for international cooperation and development AECID.

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News from the platforms

Civil society organisations break down the Busan Partnership document

In their analysis of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation CSO platforms point out document’s strong points as well as the shortcomings from the civil society perspective. The meticulous study offers a good understanding of the document and its implications for the CSO actors in development.

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In this Issue





Senior DAC meeting

Value of OECD aid declines

OECD Global Forum


News from the Network

CGSLB incorporates TUDEP

Training for Employment

Belgium: BIO

Conference on Latin America

New program of CSC/ACV

HIV-AIDS work in Nigeria

Live Below the Line campaign

Workshop on TUs and crisis

Women’s rights


News from the platforms

CSO analysis of the Busan Partnership

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Upcoming events

16-17 April 2012

TUDCN WG on EU Policies

Brussels, Belgium


17-20 April 2012
TUCA Congress
Foz de Iguazu, Brazil


21-26 April 2012
Doha, Qatar


7-9 May 2012
TUDCN General Meeting
Helsingør, Denmark


22-24 May 2012

TUDCN Seminar on Indicators [tbc]

Geneva, Switzerland


20-22 June 2012

UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio+20”

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


5-6 July 2012

UN Development Cooperation Forum

New York, USA


Frozen in time: Gender pay gap unchanged for 10 years


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CSO Analysis of the Busan Partnership

BetterAid/Open Forum

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About us

The Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN) is an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation that brings together affiliated trade union organisations, solidarity support organisations, regional ITUC organisations and the Global Union Federations.
The objective of TUDCN is to bring the trade union perspective into the international development policy debates and to improve the coordination and effectiveness of trade union development cooperation activities.

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