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Transition Issue 42 Volume 2

Transition Issue 42 Volume 2

Download this file (Estimating the potential Employment Effects Associated with the Proposed Caricom)ESTIMATING THE POTENTIAL EMPLOYMENT EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROPOSED CARICOM[Roger Hosein and Jeetendra Khadan]468 Kb
Download this file (Motivation and Actions to Enhance Performance.pdf)Motivation and Actions to Enhance Performance[Hector Edwards]144 Kb
Download this file (Structural Adjustment Programmes and Their Lasting Negative Effects on the Lives)Structural Adjustments and their lasting negative effects...[Structural Adjustments and their lasting negative effects on the lives of women and children in Guyana by Audrey Benn]169 Kb
Download this file (The Impact og Trade Liberalization on Labour and Gender- A Case Study of Guyana.)The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Labor and Gender - A Case Study of Guyana[Louis Dodson & Dianna DaSilva-Glasgow]237 Kb
Transition Issue 42 Volume 1

Transition Issue 42 can be accessed here on the site in PDF version for download.

Download this file (TRANSITION 42 (i).pdf)Transition Issue 42 Volume One[PDF Articles from the 42nd Issue of Transition, produced by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Guyana]482 Kb
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Special Working Paper Series to mark the 50th Anniversary of the University of Guyana (1963-2013)


In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the University of Guyana (1963-2013) the Institute of Development Studies will be publishing a working paper every month for the year 2013.

These paper are available on our website, please follow the link to read the articles:



To obtain the compendium please contact: Ms Niebert Paul or Ms Dianna DaSilva-Glasgow at:

Address: IDS/UG Turkeyen Greater Georgetown, Guyana

Tel: 592-222-5409

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N.B. All papers published under the series are works in progress and therefore may be improved upon and republished by the Authors.

New Articles posted

The following two new articles have been posted to the website to complete the 50th Anniversary Working Paper Series:

Working paper 11/12- Political Economy of Growth: Why Guyana Fell Behind? A Growth Analysis of the Post-Independence Period? by Dhanraj R. Singh

Working paper 12/12- Guyana: Countering the Risks of Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Arms Proliferation- Road Map for the Way Forward (with Addendum) by Prof. Clive Thomas

New Communication Posted

New Communication Posted by Professor Clive Thomas: Notes on Contribution to the Interactive Exchange with Parliamentary Select Committee ( ) (AML & CFT), Bill No. 22 of 2013




The political economy of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS)

Last week I concluded my rather extended discussion on the current global economic crisis and the lessons to be learnt from this. I trust readers would not infer from this that I believe the global crisis is over and we can safely return to business as usual. Far from it, while this is an appropriate point to introduce other topics to the discussion, I promise I will return to the global crisis if there are significant untoward developments in the coming weeks as we close out 2009 and enter into the New Year, 2010.

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Norway’s deception: Partnership or capture of Guyana’s rainforest

In this column last week I started what I hope will be a fairly full assessment of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). At the time of writing this column I have not been able to access the revised version of the Draft LCDS, which the government had promised to place in the National Assembly before the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen Summit), which starts tomorrow. As I await the revised version of the LCDS, I shall confine my assessment to those topics which should not be significantly affected by likely revisions.

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Norway And Guyana’s rainforest: Why beggars do not choose

For this week’s column, let me begin by re-emphasizing a couple of observations I have made about global inter-governmental negotiations thus far, as I continue to evaluate the low-carbon development strategy and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the Government of Guyana and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, as well as its related Joint Concept Note between the two parties to the agreement.
Diplomatic principle.

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Norway and Guyana’s rainforest: Santa Claus or Old Higue

I hope that by now readers would have realised that Norway can in no way be looked upon as Guyana’s Santa Claus. I have also tried so far in recent columns to make it categorically clear that my principal intention is not simply to bash Norway as a historic polluter of the earth’s atmosphere. My main purpose in presenting Norway’s horrendous environmental profile is to assert the obligation this places on Guyanese to ensure our pristine forests are developed in an integrated, transparent, accountable and sustainable framework for the benefit of all Guyana. In particular to ensure that our national patrimony does not end up being mortgaged to the promotion of Norway’s studied and calculated efforts to deceive the world into believing that it cares more than any other nation about saving Planet Earth. As the saying goes “beware when Old Higue around looking for life blood.”

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Rule or exception: Double standards and fighting global warming

‘Dirty secrets’
I hope that I have already indicated clearly Norway’s double standards in its climate change and global warming actions. More generally, its Santa Claus image has taken a serious beating in the approach to the just concluded Copenhagen Summit. In his Guardian Weekly column last September, Mark Curtis bemoaned the fact that in spite of Norway’s benign image abroad it had “become the home of four dirty little secrets.” One of these is of course the environmental sleight-of-hand I have been dealing with in these columns in previous weeks.

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