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How commercial scholarly publishers put the future of scientific knowledge at risk

On Tuesday 13 November, during Education International’s 11th International Further & Higher Education & Research Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, we will be releasing our latest report produced as part of the Global Response to the growing commercialisation and privatisation of education. Democratising Knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier, aims to provide the foundations for a critical study into Elsevier’s business model and practices. The study also aims at contributing to developing policy objectives relating to open public access to research and educational materials, academic freedom, researcher autonomy, and the scholarly communication system. This research will form a key part of Education International’s Global Response campaign on the commercialisation and marketisation in and of education aimed specifically at the further and higher education and research sector.

UN poverty expert warns against tsunami of unchecked privatisation

PSI welcomes this ground-breaking new report on "Extreme poverty and Human rights" which finds that "widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising those living in poverty". "This report will certainly be helpful in pushing for an open debate at the UN on the impact of privatisation and whether PPPs are truly fit for purpose" says PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli.

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Democratising Knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier

Democratising Knowledge: a report on the scholarly publisher, Elsevier, aims to provide the foundations for a critical study into Elsevier’s business model and practices. The study also aims at contributing to developing policy objectives relating to open public access to research and educational materials, academic freedom, researcher autonomy, and the scholarly communication system. This research will form a key part of Education International’s Global Response campaign on the commercialisation and marketisation in and of education aimed specifically at the further and higher education and research sector.

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Development, untied

In 2015 alone, donor governments around the world spent an estimated US$55 billion – or more than 44 per cent of Real Official Development Assistance (ODA) – on the procurement of goods and services. Such high budgets have the potential to catalyse far-reaching change in the global south. However, ‘tied’ ODA procurement, which requires goods and services to be sourced from companies in the donor country, puts the commercial priorities of firms based in rich countries before development impact. This report by Eurodad is calls for a series of key steps and recommendations for bilateral and multilateral donors as well as for international decision-making bodies.

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Spotlight on sustainable development

The Spotlight report provides the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). www.2030spotlight.com and www.world-psi.org/Spotlight2017 Find out more about the fight for public services here: www.world-psi.org

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