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Addressing Debt Sustainability in Commonwealth Small and Vulnerable Economies

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Addressing Debt Sustainability in Commonwealth Small and Vulnerable Economies

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ISBN
9781849291019
Published by
Commonwealth Secretariat
Publication Date
September 2014
Format
Paperback
Extent
300 pages
Dimensions
165 x 240 mm

Commonwealth small and vulnerable economies (SVEs) are inherently vulnerable to exogenous shocks and face high debt burdens, yet the adequacy and scope of the policy response by international institutions to address their debt and other financing issues has not fully met or supported their development needs.

This book provides comprehensive, in-depth reviews of concessional finance, the design of loans, shock facilities and other instruments used to support developing countries in times of crisis, and analysis concerning SVE debt sustainability. The analyses and discussion are further supported by primary data collected in Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean, Africa and Pacific regions.

This publication is essential reading for anyone working towards the reforms that are essential to ensuring that international financing mechanisms effectively meet the unique needs of small and vulnerable economies. 
  1. Overview of SVEs and debt challenges
  2. Analysis of Instruments to Help Countries Cope with Unforeseen Shocks: The Case of the CCL by Stephany Griffith-Jones
  3. A Critical Review of the Joint Bank-Fund Debt Sustainability Framework by Machiko Nissanke
  4. Exogenous Shocks Dealing with the Only Certainty: Uncertainty by Stephany Griffith-Jones with Ricardo Gottschalk
  5. Non-concessional Financing for Development in Low-income Countries by Development Finance International
  6. Strengthening the International Financial Architecture: Establishment of an Automatic Shock Facility by Stephany Griffith-Jones and Judith Tyson
  7. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations


The Commonwealth Yearbook 2014


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The Commonwealth Yearbook 2014

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ISBN
9781908609120
Author
Commonwealth Secretariat
Published by
Nexus Strategic Partnerships
Publication Date
June 2014
Edition
2014
Format
Paperback
Extent
628 pages
Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

The Commonwealth Yearbook is the flagship annual publication of the Commonwealth Secretariat. It is the essential reference guide to the countries, organisations, activities and values of the modern Commonwealth.

The 2014 edition has been fully updated to include:
  • Strategic directions of the Commonwealth and its core partners arranged thematically according to new structures and mandates
  • Work on fundamental political values (democracy and rights, rule of law, gender equality, youth empowerment); governance and natural resources; health and education; economics and trade; resilience in small and vulnerable states
  • Comment and analysis on the Commonwealth and wider world looking at global consensus-building, new developments in Asia, the 100th anniversary of World War I, the UNs focus on indigenous peoples in 2014, and other themes
  • Sport for development and peace a preview of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland
  • A guide to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings and other summits; details of the Commonwealth Charter, signed by Her Majesty the Queen on Commonwealth Day 2013; and other essential communiqus and declarations forming the background to the Charter
  • Comprehensive profiles of 53 member states, including UK overseas territories
  • An extensive statistics and reference section, and the official directory of Commonwealth professional, cultural and civil society development agencies
 


New Century Local Government: Commonwealth Perspectives

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ISBN
9781849290937
Author
Graham Sansom & Peter McKinlay (Eds)
Published by
Commonwealth Secretariat
Publication Date
September 2013
Format
Paperback
Extent
240 pages
Dimensions
165 x 240 mm

Democratic decentralisation through ‘conventional’ institutions of local government is facing increasing challenges, whether from financial pressures, questions of representativeness, difficult central-local relations and from a perhaps growing belief that local government has failed to realise its potential and there may be better ways of achieving societal goals. It is clear there is need to contemplate quite radical change to ensure local government becomes or remains ‘fit for purpose’.

This collection of papers illustrates the way in which the role of local government is evolving in different parts of the Commonwealth and provides practical examples of new local government at work. It showcases emerging practice, and highlights success stories from new ways of working and challenges confronting local government in both developed and developing countries.

New Century Local Government makes a very valuable contribution to helping understand the changing role of local government, and will ensure that practitioners are up-to-date with the most innovative initiatives in local government planning and administration. 


Tourism and Inclusive Growth in Small Island Developing States

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Tourism and Inclusive Growth in Small Island Developing States

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ISBN
9781849291071
Author
Julia Jeyacheya, Mark P. Hampton
Published by
Commonwealth Secretariat
Publication Date
August 2013
Format
Paperback
Extent
104 pages
Dimensions
165 x 240 mm

Tourism is a crucial source of employment, foreign exchange and revenue for most small island developing states (SIDS) and many other small states.

This report explores the key issues concerning how tourism might facilitate inclusive growth. It provides detailed analysis of both the direct and indirect channels through which the gains from tourism are achieved, and the existing gaps that prevent a fuller capturing of forward and backward multipliers.

Using robust statistical data from Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles and other small states, the study also examines land-based and cruise tourism operations and explores how local supply chains could be enhanced. The two key overarching recommendations — improving data collection and promoting niche markets — serve both as rallying points for policy action and as points of focus for partnerships.

Valuable reading for policy-makers looking to maximise the contribution of tourism to the economy, as well as international development agencies and students of tourism studies.  
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations and acronyms
  • Summary
  • Challenges and Contributions: Tourism Development in SIDS
    • Introduction
    • Tourism challenges
    • Direct tourism contributions
  • Local Tourism Supply Chains in Small States: Sharing Best Practice
    • Introduction
    • Understanding the tourism supply chain
    • Economic linkages
    • Small state case studies of tourism supply chains
    • Niche tourism products and services
  • Cruise Ship Tourism in Small States
    • Introduction
    • Background to the cruise tourism industry
    • The benefits of cruise tourism
    • Costs of cruise tourism for small states
    • Best practice and lessons from small states
  • The Indirect Impact of Tourism
    • Introduction
    • Tourism and growth
    • Indirect channels
    • Inclusive growth
    • Summary
  • Summary and Recommendations
    • Introduction
    • How to analyse tourism to foster inclusive growth in SIDS
    • Policy recommendations and areas of future work
    • Concluding remarks
  • Appendix 1
  • Appendix 2 Statistical Case Studies
  • Appendix 3 Seychelles Case Study
  • Appendix 4 Research Methods
  • Appendix 5 Further Policy Recommendations for SIDS and Small States
  • Notes
  • References


Commonwealth Local Government Handbook 2013/14

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Commonwealth Local Government Handbook 2013/14

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ISBN
9780955544750
Author
Commonwealth Local Government Forum
Published by
Publications UK Ltd
Publication Date
July 2013
Format
Paperback
Extent
192 pages
Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

This 2013/14 edition of the Commonwealth Local Government Handbook is a complete reference book of local government in the Commonwealth.

Updated and revised, it details the systems of local government in Commonwealth countries and covers the legal basis for local government, how local government is structured, how elections take place, what systems are in place for community involvement, the structure of intergovernmental relations and monitoring systems, how local government is financed and what services local government is responsible for.

The profiles are in a format that allows easy country-to-country comparison.  
Country Profiles:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Zambia


e-Governance in Small States

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e-Governance in Small States

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ISBN
9781849291026
Author
Anthony Ming, Naveed Somani, Omer Awan (Eds)
Published by
Comonwealth Secretariat
Publication Date
July 2013
Format
Paperback
Extent
134 pages

ICTs can create digital pathways between citizens and governments that are affordable, accessible and widespread. This offers the opportunity for developing small states to leapfrog generations of technology when seeking to enhance governance or to deepen democracy through promoting the participation of citizens in processes that affect their lives and welfare.

For small developing countries, especially those in the early stages of building an e-Government infrastructure, it is vital that they understand their position in terms of their e-readiness, reflect upon the intrinsic components of an e-Governance action plan, and draw lessons from the success and failures of the various e-Government initiatives undertaken by other countries, developed or developing.

This book aims to strengthen the understanding of policy-makers by outlining the conditions and processes involved in planning and execution of e-Government projects. 
  • Foreword
  • List of tables, figures and boxes
  • Abbreviations and acronyms
  • Summary
  • About the authors
  • Introduction to e-Governance by Omer Awan, Maryam Amin and Katherine Kirkby
    • Defining e-government and e-governance
    • Why e-governance? Linking ICTs with governance
    • Complexity of e-governance is it all about ICTs?
    • Governance before e-governance
    • Developing e-governance initiatives two basic pillars
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • e-Governance in Small States by Omer Awan
    • Why e-governance in small states?
    • E-governance prerequisites for small states
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • e-Governance Management Critical Success Factors by David Spiteri Gingell
    • A clear vision
    • Political leadership
    • Administrative leadership
    • Consultation with stakeholders
    • Financing e-government
    • E-governance monitoring and evaluation
    • ICT capacity building
    • Conclusion: keys to overcoming challenges
    • References
  • Government Process Re-engineering by Tony Ming
    • What is GPR?
    • Why is GPR necessary?
    • GPR methodology
    • Management of GPR
    • Change management
    • Communications management
    • Where GPR has brought results
    • GPR and governance
    • References
  • e-Governance Implementation by David Spiteri Gingell
    • Legislative, regulatory and policy components
    • Development of ICT architecture and standards
    • ICT infrastructure
    • Conclusion
    • Annex: Enterprise architecture frameworks
    • Annex: Securing government interoperability
    • Notes
    • References
  • Emerging Directions in e-Government by Naveed Somani
    • What is m-government?
    • Why m-government?
    • M-government in small states
    • Implementing m-government
    • Adoption factors
    • Financing m-government: multi-stakeholder partnerships
    • What is cloud computing?
    • Why cloud computing?
    • Key adoption factors
    • Cloud migration
    • Mobility now, cloud later
    • Notes
    • References


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