Economy

Evidence gathered by Bankwatch during a field trip to the Upper Svaneti region of Georgia to investigate the implementation of the Nenskra hydro power project (HPP) suggests that affected people living in the Nenskra and Nakra valleys are not being fully taken care of by the project developers. Findings from [...]
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 12:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Government at a Glance provides a dashboard of key indicators to help you analyse international comparisons of public sector performance. [...]
Thu, Oct 05, 2017 9:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The United States and Syria stand alone. With the recent adoption by Nicaragua of the Paris climate agreement, only those two countries appear to ignore the global imperative of phasing out fossil fuels if the world is to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Within the EU, the acknowledgment [...]
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for conference sponsorship and research fellowships for funding in 2018 is CLOSED. The CRP supports work on sustainable use of natural resources in agriculture, forests, fisheries and food production. [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 10:04:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
This article first appeared on openDemocracy. Earlier this summer, I visited Georgia’s Svaneti region together with colleagues from Bankwatch. Svaneti, located high in the Caucasian mountains, borders the breakaway territory of Abkhazia, and is home to some of the most pristine rivers in the Caucasus. As a team of civil society members, [...]
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The controversial Ukrainian agricultural company Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) may be determined to further expand its operations, for which it has already bagged over half a billion euros in financing from three international financial institutions in recent years, but in the central Ukraine region of Cherkasy the company is not getting [...]
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s been a hot summer all over the Balkans. A heatwave called Lucifer struck Albania, drying up its river and causing numerous forest fires. Since Albania relies 90% on hydropower for its electricity, the drought resulted in a significant drop in production, forcing Albania to import 80 percent of it [...]
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Bulgaria’s government has proven yet again its determination to disregard inconvenient truths and opinions at a public hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the Struma Motorway, connecting Sofia and Thessaloniki, that was held on Monday, September 11, in the town of Kresna. With two thirds [...]
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 12:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
An official assessment of land assets and livelihoods of people affected by the Nenskra hydropower plant in Georgia contains many mistakes and inaccuracies, as a report released today reveals. The shortcomings of the so-called Land Acquisition and Livelihood Restoration Plan, which is a prerequisite for public financing for the project, [...]
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The imposing mountain range in Upper Svaneti, Georgia has for a while been a hidden gem for hikers. With only few tourists passing through, being invited to a home by one of the local Svans is a real cultural and culinary treat. A glimpse into the authentic way of life [...]
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 12:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source