World Economic Forum

Davos debrief: capitalism must do better

Davos debrief: capitalism must do better

As Bono noted at an event Friday evening high in the Swiss Alps, there were two notes all could hear hanging in the air over Davos. First, the message from Pope Francis demanding that attention be paid to inequality and poverty, how “wealth must serve the people not rule them.”And secondly, Mandela’s imperative legacy that…

The transparency revolution – happy anniversary?

The transparency revolution – happy anniversary?

A year ago at Davos, UK Prime Minister David Cameron set out a ground-breaking agenda for the G8 focused on trade, tax and transparency. At the G8 Summit itself, good progress was made on the “Transparency Revolution”, including commitments to develop a system for the automatic exchange of tax information and to crack down on…

Can Africa keep its promise to its people?

Erik Charas is a campaigning journalist in Mozambique. He was recently arrested by local officials for asking government leaders difficult questions about shady deals done in Mozambique’s natural resources extraction sector. Whether “Africa keeps its promise” to its people, the theme of this year’s World Economic Forum in Cape Town, depends in large part on…