Prague consensus
Monday´s Comment
Prague consensus
26. 1. 2015

Denmark is home to a very interesting think tank—Copenhagen Consensus (CC), led by Bjorn Lomborg, noted for his controversial book, The Sceptical Environmentalist. Simply said, the idea of Copenhagen Consensus is to identify the most urgent problems of the world and try to sequence them according to priority on the basis of a strict cost/benefit analysis. This means sorting them so one gets the most for as little money as possible. This, of course, is quite important in a world with limited resources. Much of the controversy over Bjorn Lomborg & Co. stems from the fact that global warming is on a fairly low rung of this ladder (not to be confused with denial of global warming, mind you, we’ve got another expert here for that). CC asserts that global warming is a fact, but fighting it does not come cheap, so we should rather prioritize other issues from the angle of cost returns. One of such issues is supplying micro-nutrients to children in the developing world, medication against malaria, child immunization, investing in the cultivation of high-yield farm crops, reducing salt content in food, or encouraging parents to send their children to school in return for a small additional income, to name but a few.

Denmark is home to a very interesting think tank—Copenhagen Consensus (CC), led by Bjorn Lomborg, noted for his controversial book, The Sceptical Environmentalist. Simply said, the idea of Copenhagen Consensus is to identify the most urgent problems of the world and try to sequence them according to priority on the basis of a strict cost/benefit analysis. This means sorting them so one gets the most for as little money as possible. This, of course, is quite important in a world with limited resources. Much of the controversy over Bjorn Lomborg & Co. stems from the fact that global warming is on a fairly low rung of this ladder (not to be confused with denial of global warming, mind you, we’ve got another expert here for that). CC asserts that global warming is a fact, but fighting it does not come cheap, so we should rather prioritize other issues from the angle of cost returns. One of such issues is supplying micro-nutrients to children in the developing world, medication against malaria, child immunization, investing in the cultivation of high-yield farm crops, reducing salt content in food, or encouraging parents to send their children to school in return for a small additional income, to name but a few.

The ideas promoted by the CC make me wonder if a smaller analogy is called for, addressing solely the problems that plague this country: let’s call it Prague Consensus. We could look at each problem and exactly order them according to the best return potential of invested resources and helping the Czech political representation (and other actors, such as NGOs, active citizens and philanthropists) to prioritize and allocate their budgets in accordance. I know for sure that corruption would place very high on such an imaginary ladder. The Anticorruption Endowment’s activity is a fairly good indicator of returns on what we invest in fighting corruption. It might be a trifle reductionist argument, but look what budget the NFPK has worked thus far (about 30 million CZK) and how much it had demonstrably saved for this society (two billion crowns). It is an almost seventy-fold return. Seventy percent is hard to beat, but if every crown invested multiplied to three crowns returned to the state, it would still be the best investment by a long shot, from the vantage point of the Czech Republic.

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Case of MPSV - Former Deputy Vladimír Šiška was charged again

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Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Prague filed charges against former Deputy Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Šiška in connection with a billion-dollar contract to control social benefits, which should not tender to obtain IBM. (in Czech only)


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