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Can the G-20 be a champion for the global south?

By Darren Walker

08 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The G-20, whose leaders met in India over the weekend, is expected to usher in an era of increased influence and economic justice for the global south,

Change is coming to the G-20. Nearly a quarter century ago, the world’s 20 largest economies joined together to respond to the global financial crises of the 1990s. Though the group includes many countries from the global south, its wealthy Western members have often exercised the greatest influence while leaving the developing world’s priorities off the table—making it one of many examples in which the West has dominated global affairs at the expense of the rest of the world.

But now, as its leaders convene in India on the heels of Indonesia’s presidency and the eve of Brazil’s, the G-20 is poised to usher in an unprecedented era of not only influence, but also economic justice, for the global south.

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