The Future Challenges team works together to choose new topics. We gather proposals from our network, select a general topic from these proposals, draft several important questions, and then vote together on the final question.
This content package deals with the impacts of the economic crisis. Our team voted for the following question:
With ever-stronger bonds across borders and oceans, an economic crisis in one part of the world is bound to impact others. How does the current economic crisis in many of the world’s developed countries affect less-developed nations? Are there changes in remittances, changes in migration, or other important effects? How can we ensure that our growing connectivity makes each of us stronger and more resilient to crises?
Future Challenges authors are in 65 countries, in developing countries as well as in developed countries. Take your pick from the Local Views on the right, and explore the ways in which writers from around the world think about the impacts of the economic crisis.
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Written by Sophie Waldschmidt on July 8, 2014.
Every week, my flat mates and I purchase a 20 litres drinking water tank from the street vendors in our township in downtown Yangon. We pay 500 Kyats (about 40 Euro Cents) and get a sealed tank, which is a lot cheaper than bottled water (for which you almost pay […]
Written by Faranisese Ratu on September 16, 2013.
In our fragmented world, one important question that needs to be asked is whether economic imperatives can force nations to overcome their political differences and act in unison to tackle the pressing global challenges of today, such as human rights and climate change? Such goals may seem unrealistic or unachievable […]
Written by Arnold Chanel on August 22, 2013.
Australia and New Zealand’s political moves to impose sanctions and cuts in foreign aid to Fiji, have resulted in the suspension of diplomatic relations. But China is stepping in to fill the gap. Ever since the military coup in 2006 in Fiji, relations between Australia, New Zealand and Fiji have taken a […]
Written by gj.lyons on February 7, 2013.
Known as the unofficial anthem of Australia, ‘Waltzing Matilda‘ is a song we learn from a young age. The title gives the impression of a woman named Matilda who dances. It’s a little more complicated however, I assure you. Waltzing Matilda is a bush ballad written about the life of […]
Written by Anikó Mészáros on January 21, 2013.
Over the past few years, Hungarians have spent far more than they could afford. Now the government is trying to save them from the consequences of the financial crisis and their own irresponsibility. But is it really a good idea to be such a nanny? Before the financial crisis, bank […]
Written by Luis Felipe Morgado on January 11, 2013.
Much has been discussed about the recent wave of qualified migrants from Europe to Brazil, and how this is a solution for a hopeless generation in the Old continent. But what can their job-searching skills and aspirations bring back to the emerging country?
Written by Sara Elkamel on January 3, 2013.
Immigration is largely looked at through an economic prism. But, that’s not all there is to it. In a country like Egypt, where competition for employment is fierce, and the jobs that are available are generally not financially, and at times not professionally rewarding, it is no surprise that many […]
Written by Anuja Upadhyay on December 26, 2012.
I was slightly flustered when returning from Kathmandu to New Delhi this November, I was questioned by Nepal Police at Tribhuvan International Airport for carrying my Nepali passport just to travel to India when a simple ID card was all that was needed. Little did I realize at the time that […]
Written by EduardoVarasC on December 21, 2012.
Memory is selective, but firm in many ways. The image comes from television: families weeping in the doorways of international lounges because a son, daughter, mother, father or husband and wife had to leave and find a real income in Europe, mainly in Spain and Italy. The relatives wouldn’t see […]
Written by Tibor Blažko on December 13, 2012.
One of the first effects of the crisis on Slovakia – one of the most open, export dependent economies in Europe – was felt when the country’s rich customers started importing fewer Slovak goods. Similar problems have started to occur again recently, with the slowdown in China, a major destination […]