CSOs Demand an Overhaul of the World Bank Following the DBR Scandal

By CSOs | Statement | October 12, 2021

More than 100 civil society organisations, including Madhyam, have sought a major overhaul of the World Bank’s governing structures and policies following the scandal that led to the scrapping of its flagship publication, the ‘Doing Business’ report. This report ranks 190 countries on the Ease of Doing Business index. Following is the full text…

Why Emerging Markets Must Remain Wary of a Taper Tantrum 2.0

By Kavaljit Singh | Briefing Paper # 46 | September 24, 2021

On September 22, the US Federal Reserve signaled plans to start reducing its large-scale asset purchases – a process known as tapering – this year and hinted at raising interest rates as early as next year. The formal announcement on tapering could come at the next meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) scheduled…

No Quick Fixes for India’s Ailing Healthcare System

By Biswajit Dhar | Commentary | June 25, 2021

Even though the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has partially subsided across India, the extent to which citizens of the country have been affected continues to remain unclear. Official statistics show that the total number of those infected since the outbreak of the pandemic is pushing towards the 2.5 crore mark and more…

EU-India FTA: Who Wants a Deal?

By Shalini Bhutani | Commentary | March 23, 2021

The European Union (EU) is keen to enter into a trade agreement with India. EU was formed in 1993, and India was amongst the first countries to establish ties with this political and economic group. A cooperation agreement was signed between them in 1994. A decade later, in 2004, the relationship was upgraded to…

Can the “Third Way” Foster Technology Transfer to Fight COVID-19 Globally?

By Biswajit Dhar | Briefing Paper # 45 | March 8, 2021

In October 2020, India and South Africa had made a joint proposal to the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) seeking a temporary waiver of the obligations of Members to implement or apply four forms of intellectual property rights (IPRs) for the prevention, containment, or…