• 14 October 2013

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    Category : Reportage

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    Spanish civil servants, an example for the rest of the world

    Over 1,000 public employees participate in the FIIAPP’s projects each year. They strive to improve public operations and the quality of life through technical assistance projects, R&D, and public leadership, while training leaders and high-level civil servants.

    Many government organisations are dedicated to the development of our society, but there aren’t many that rely on civil servants as a fundamental element in this progress. This, however, is the case of the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public P...

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  • 10 October 2013

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    Category : Sin categorizar

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    University students help low-income taxpayers process their tax returns

    Last week, the first Tax Support Centre (NAF) was inaugurated in Costa Rica; it offers an innovative experience in tax education, which first began in Brazil in 2011 through the Receita Federal. The FIIAPP supports the implementation of this initiative in other countries in Latin America – Costa Rica being the first – through the EUROsociAL Programme. Clóvis Belbute Peres, tax auditor for Brazil’s Receita Federal explains the advantages of the NAF in this article.

    All countries’ tax systems are complex for various reasons that do not need to be enumerated in this article. Nevertheless, it is important to reflect on the consequences of this complexity and how to overcome it. The most evident consequence is people’s rejection of their tax obligations. Ci...

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  • 08 October 2013

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    Category : Opinion

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    The case of immigration in Brazil

    The establishment of inclusive strategies and creation of opportunities for all migrants to achieve a sustainable balance between cultural identity and full social integration is necessarily based on respect for human rights, non-criminalisation of illegal aliens, and prioritisation of empowerment factors for migrants.

    The tragedy that occurred half a mile off the coast of the Island of Lampedusa on October 3rd created an immediate collective feeling of solidarity with the families of the more than 200 victims. Tragedies like these reiterate the need to publicly reflect on the humane aspects of current ...

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  • 07 October 2013

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    Category : Opinion

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    The United Nations faces the challenge of incorporating migratory priorities in its development agen

    How can we recognise the skills and training of immigrants in favour of the development of origin and destination countries? Since remittances are such an important capital flow, why aren’t systems proposed to provide incentives for people who want to invest their savings in the countries of origin?

    The answers to these questions will be discussed during the Dialogue on Migration and Development in New York. It’s time to move towards a system that promotes people’s mobility while respecting their rights. How? Defining the “rules of the game” for migratory flows ...

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