The Center for Global Initiatives recently was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to support its March 3-4 conference, New Global Realities:Winners and Losers from Offshore Outsourcing. The conference is cosponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the New York Times Knowledge Network.
The grant money will be used to cover costs of the conference and also to distribute results of the two-day event. The center plans to record and publish the proceedings from the conference in a variety of electronic and print formats and distribute the findings and materials to educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations around the world, particularly in regions of the global South that have been most dramatically affected by outsourcing and its social and economic consequences.
"Given the importance and timeliness of the topic and the comprehensive approach we are taking, we anticipate that there will be broad interest in the proceedings of this conference," said economics professor Eva Paus, director of the center, who hopes to produce a high-quality DVD of the conference to be distributed with a full print volume of the conference to educators and NGOs.
The conference will make a distinctive and much-needed contribution to the debates over offshore outsourcing and its consequences, because it will address the implications of these developments in both the global North and South. Typically, the focus of discussion has been on outsourcing's impact on developed countries, with the implicit assumption that developing countries in the global South are, overall, the beneficiaries of these practices.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is a philanthropic organization that promotes social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Through its grant making, the fund supports efforts to expand knowledge, clarify values and critical choices, nurture creative expression, and shape public policy.