socio-economic drivers

Mexico’s private sector calls for govt action amid fuel price hikes – BNamericas – 03/01/2017

The jarring hike in fuel prices starting this month, sparking widespread protests and public outrage, has led Mexico's private sector to call on the nation's institutions to more aggressively tackle the deficit, taking action on fiscal spending, monetary policy and policies addressing investment and employment.

Source:  BNamericas, 2017/01/03

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Swiss Voters Divided Over Costly Environmental Policy Choices – The Wire – 25/12/2016

In Switzerland, specific and often costly environmental policies are put to test through direct democracy.

Source:  The Wire, 2016/12/25

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Britain facing energy crisis that could see families pay extra to keep the lights on while neighbours ‘sit in the dark’ – The Telegraph – 12/12/2016

Britain's increasing reliance on "intermittent" renewable energy means that the country is facing an unprecedented supply crisis, a senior Ofgem executive has warned.

Source:  The Telegraph, 2016/12/12

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Mozambique: World Bank Warns of ‘Uncertain Outlook’ – – 12/12/2016

Events over the past year have shaken Mozambique's macro-economic stability and “the sharp deterioration in economic conditions is having a deep impact on Mozambican households, especially the poor”, warns the World Bank in its latest report on the country.

Source:, 2016/12/12

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Croatia public sector unions reject govt offer on wage hike – Mail Online – 07/12/2016

Public sector trade unions on Wednesday rejected a wage bill increase proposed by the Croatian government and invited the country's conservative prime minister to join the negotiations in person.

Source:  Mail Online, 2016/12/07

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Philippine foreign worker boom damped by energy price falls – FT – 04/12/2016

Remittance slowdown threatens to damage pillar of strong economic growth

Source:  FT, 2016/12/04

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

EU to tackle ‘energy poverty’ – euobserver – 30/11/2016

The European Commission wants to help reduce energy poverty in Europe, but will not attempt to create a common definition of the concept. The commission is proposing a bundle of legislation related to its Energy Union project on Wednesday (30 November), which has a “quite strong focus on vulnerable consumers and on energy poverty”, according [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Nigeria’s Oil Industry Churns On – Stratfor – 18/11/2016

Throughout the year, Nigeria's oil sector has been caught in a cycle of sporadic attacks and fitful negotiations to resolve local grievances and restore peace — and oil production — in the Niger Delta.

Source:  Stratfor, 2016/11/18

By |November 24th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Canada’s energy sector braces for rising threat from activists – The Globe and Mail – 13/11/2016

Canadian security experts are increasing their vigilance against activists’ threats to the country’s energy infrastructure, as civil-liberties advocates worry about the use of improper surveillance on peaceful opponents to major projects.

Source:  The Globe and Mail, 2016/11/13

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

SDGs at risk from “mounting sovereign debt crises”, says UN – Public Finance International – 27/10/2016

The United Nations has called for action to tackle what it called the mounting sovereign debt crises in many developing countries, which put achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals at risk.

Source:  Public Finance International, 2016/10/27

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |