Jean-michel Severino

For Jean-michel Severino's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Mar 21, 2012

Can the world's poor nations save the rest of us?

Events in 2012 so far have confirmed a new global dissymmetry. Caught between unprecedented financial insecurity and a somber economic outlook, the rich OECD countries and their middle classes fear geopolitical weakening and downward social mobility. In much of Asia, Africa and Latin America, ...

Commentary / World Nov 5, 2008

Looking at development goals beyond 2015

PARIS — It is now halfway to the target date of 2015 for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — the ambitious blueprint, backed by the entire development community, for development in the world's poorest countries. In the wake of the global financial crisis, which ...

Commentary / World Feb 6, 2008

Did development strategy fail in Kenya?

NAIROBI — A month ago, Kenya fell prey to a sudden burst of post-electoral violence that has left over 1,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. The violence has stunned the world. Of course, Kenya had lived through tense electoral periods before, and few people ...

Commentary / World Jun 9, 2007

Climate change raises threat of water wars

PRAGUE — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released alarming data on the consequences of global warming in some of the world's poorest regions. By 2100, 1 billion to 3 billion people worldwide are expected to suffer from water scarcity. Global warming will ...

Commentary / World Apr 9, 2007

Making institutions work for the poor

PARIS -- The World Bank has long proclaimed its dream of "a world free from poverty." Likewise, the International Monetary Fund may arguably desire "a world free from financial crisis." These are crucial and daunting objectives, but they are too narrow for the 21st century. ...