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Issue No:65
  • :ISSN 0973–1121
  • :July
  • :2013
  • :English

The blue sea had over it the mystery of the darkness of the

night; the high noon sun had lost its fiery vigour and shone

with the pale yellow splendour of a full moon. All around me,

before and on either hand, was a waste of waters; the very air

and earth seemed filmed with moving water, and the sound

of falling waters was in my ears.

— from The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker

Analysis / GPO

Getting Rights Wrong

The Global Partnership for Oceans is blatantly ignoring the voices of the world’s small-scale fisher peoples

This article by Masifundise Development Trust (MDT) builds on views and inputs from the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) as well as the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF)

The World Bank is notorious for its lack of inclusion of the voices of the poor in the design of its multi-million dollar programmes. The World Bank-initiated Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO), formally launched at the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012, is yet another opaque initiative where the masses of people with opposing views have no say.

The GPO is set to mobilize US$1.5 bn over five years, which will make it the largest programme of its kind to date and it is, therefore, not surprising to see that more than 100 organizations and institutions have signed the Declaration for Healthy Oceans to become members of the GPO.

Besides the staggering sums of money involved, the GPO Declaration for Healthy Oceans is formulated to attract additional partners from civil society, governments, big business and philanthropic foundations. It is worth noting that most of these philanthropic foundations are, at the same time, funding the...



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