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How Governments Can Respond to the Cost-of-Living Crisis

April 13, 2023

Headquarters, AFL-CIO   Washington, D.C., United States

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This seminar organized by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC/AFL-CIO), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue’s Global Social Justice Program, aims to bring researchers together with representatives from the IMF, World Bank, governments, think tanks, trade unions and wider civil society to discuss the current crisis/protests and how governments can respond to it, with concrete proposals for short and medium term actions to address the ongoing cost of living crisis.



Panel 1: Cost of Living Protests – Why Governments Must Respond

  • Cathy Feingold, Director, AFL-CIO Internatonal Department and Deputy President, ITUC
  • Michael Bröning, Director, FES New York
  • Naomi Hossain, Professor, American University (AU)
  • William Spriggs, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
  • Abdel Rahmen El Lahga, Associate Professor, University of Tunis, UGTT

Panel 2: How can governments respond to the cost-of-living crisis?

  • Isabel Ortiz, Director, Global Justice Program, Initiative for Policy Dialogue
  • Shari Spiegel, UN-DESA, Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development
  • Shahra Razavi, Director of Social Protection, ILO
  • Rodrigo Cerda, Fiscal Affairs Department Expenditure Policy Division, IMF
  • Karim Trabelsi, Economic and Social Officer, UGTT
  • Alex Campbell, Director of Washington DC office, ITUC
  • Ortiz Isabel
    Global Justice Program
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue

Event Information

Type Meeting
Program Global Social Justice