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Mariela Baeva
Mariela Baeva
Member of the European Parliament for Bulgaria
2007 - 2009
(first direct EP elections in Bulgaria);

LEED to OECD partner (Nanotech)

News of the Day

Theirworld, Your Walk is back this June! 

This June sees the return of Theirworld, Your Walk, a step-count challenge to help raise vital funds for children’s education across the world.

The challenge asks you to complete a Thrilling 300,000 steps in June (an average of 10,000 steps per day) or to work as a group to walk a Magic Million steps!

How to take part

Sign-up is easy – click here to register, set up your fundraising page and start walking!


Young people in partnership with @Theirworld demanded action on the #GlobalEducationCrisis and world leaders have listened. #IFFEd will unlock billions for children globally and help deliver a world where every child has a place in school. #LetMeLearn

Theirworld, Your Walk: Thank you! –

Nous venons de signer cette lettre ouverte pour demander aux chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement de faire de l’école gratuite pour tous les enfants un droit humain universel.

Shifting Wealth

                                            “Shifting Wealth”*

 “Shifting Wealth” describes a phenomenon in which the centre of economic gravity of the world has progressively shifted from West to East and from North to South, resulting in a new geography of growth. The new scenario presents some major opportunities and challenges for the creation of socially cohesive societies.

 A cohesive society works towards the well-being of all its members, fights exclusion and marginalisation, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers its members the opportunity of upward mobility.

 Growth paths in which social inequalities are wide, exclusion widespread, and the scope for voicing dissent small are unlikely to be sustainable.

 Recent events – ranging from pro-democracy unrest in Thailand in 2010 to the Arab Spring revolutions – lend support to the thesis that it is clearly not sufficient to apply technocratically good policy frameworks while disregarding people’s desire for inclusive political processes.

 Strengthening social cohesion requires a long-term vision and commitment. While some policy interventions or reforms can generate results relatively quickly, others do not bear fruit for some time. Building a more inclusive education system, for example, which increases the education levels of the disadvantaged and the average level of education, takes a number of years to translate into increased inter-generational social mobility. That kind of longterm vision and commitment to policies also requires a stable macroeconomic environment.

 The task of co-ordinating policy across a number of domains can pose a significant challenge. Tools to facilitate coordination include inter-ministerial groups or commissions, ex ante impact assessments of laws, and theme-based horizontal budgeting.


*© OECD, excerpts from Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World

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