The Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University is pleased to share our Annual Report 2018-2019, which covers CIC’s activities and achievements here in New York and around the globe from July 2018 through September of this year.
In 2016, global policymakers came together to confront a critical policy dilemma: what is, or should be, the role of humanitarian action in a world beset by “permanent emergencies” that do not end, in which the root causes are overwhelmingly structural and political? One major outcome of the summit was the commitment to a “new way of working” based on linking the “triple nexus” of humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding (HDP) efforts. CIC's new report, The Triple Nexus in Practice: Toward a New Way of Working in Protracted and Repeated Crises, shares the results of a major independent review of the implementation of this process.
Worker walks along train tracks in Puebla, México. Photo: Juan Pablo Chima Ortiz.
Addressing poverty wages is a core aspect of tackling inequality. So it was an important step forward when, on January 1st this year, Mexico raised its minimum wage from 88.36 pesos to 102.68 pesos (approximately US $5.37) per day. Before this increase, the minimum-wage income was below the official poverty line — and it had been stuck at essentially the same level for over two decades.
In Chile, it was an increase in the price of a metro ticket. In Lebanon, it was a proposed tax on WhatsApp calls. In Ecuador, the match that lit the fire was the cancellation of a long-standing fuel subsidy at the demand of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Throughout the month of October, protesters filled the streets of one capital city after another, from Quito to Santiago to Beirut to Baghdad.