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A menu lacking in courage

Arne Bartelsman, Saskia Hollander | September 05, 2014

The report of the expert committee on development financing has missed an important opportunity to accomplish a breakthrough.

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Building inclusive societies in fragile states

Seth Kaplan | August 08, 2014

A major reason why less developed countries fail to develop is the structural exclusion of large segments of their population from their economic, social and...

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Calm before the storm?

With the presentation of the outcome document at the final session of the Open Working Group on sustainable development goals it is time to draw up the balan...

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Too big to succeed?

Arne Bartelsman | July 11, 2014

Middle-Income Countries are threatened to be left out of the post-2015 agenda, as their group size and heterogeneity make it difficult to find a common advoc...

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Corruption in the Northern Triangle: The siren song of crime

Ivan Briscoe | July 03, 2014

The end of the civil wars in the Northern Triangle countries has made way for stable democracies, but the governments of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and E...

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Expert opinions

The Birth, Life and Death of SMEs in Rural Africa

Paula Nagler Wim Naudé  | 20 October 2014

Entrepreneurship is ubiquitous in rural Africa. But why do rural households operate non-farm enterprises? How productive are they? And why do they exit the market?

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Reinforcing battle lines or facilitating cooperation?

Josefine Ulbrich Vanessa Nigten  | 16 October 2014

Hilal Elver is the third UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Will she have sufficient clout to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable food system?

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The rise of finance undermines employment growth

Ken-Hou Lin  | 14 October 2014

The stagnation in labour demand in the US is linked to the rise of finance. Strategies to encourage long-term employment growth must be found in that direction too.

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Can "Massive Open Online Courses" help improve employability?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a new learning phenomenon in the world of higher education and digital technology. Especially for developing countries,...

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The Hong Kong protests as peaceful, gentle and determined

Valentina Mazzucato  | 08 October 2014

The recent protest in the city of Hong Kong from the viewpoint of Valentina Mazzucato

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Employment

Creating more and better jobs in a globalized world.

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Social protection

An estimated three quarters of the world’s population has no access to basic social protection.

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Social entrepreneurship

The potential to increase the socioeconomic impact of social enterprises

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