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Small but powerful

Josefine Ulbrich | March 09, 2015

Although 90% of businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa’s markets are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), they do not play a significant role in current GDP growth...

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Creating jobs at the heart of economic policy

Annemarie van de Vijsel | March 05, 2015

The Broker's Employment debate showed that policies aimed at creating more and better jobs start with a change at the core of the financial markets.

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Territorial approach: A paradigm shift in policy making to fight hunger, poverty and inequality

Vito Cistulli | February 26, 2015

Income inequality is among the world’s most pressing issues, as highlighted in the recent Report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Age...

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Practice, don’t preach: getting serious about inclusive development

Saskia Hollander, Rojan Bolling | February 25, 2015

Policies to promote inclusiveness often remain empty shells as existing power structures are unchallenged.

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Model or straitjacket? Doing context analysis on fragile or conflict-affected states

Rojan Bolling | January 19, 2015

Good context analysis is crucial for working in the complex contexts of fragile or conflict-affected states, are the frameworks guiding such analysis up to t...

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A sense of déjà vu: Illegal drugs in West Africa and the Sahel

Mabel Gonzales Bustelo | January 28, 2015

International drug markets are currently shifting production and transit of illegal substances to West Africa and the Sahel. An integrated international appr...

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Expert opinions

Youth unemployment in Mali: a magnet for criminals and terrorists

Marije Balt  | 23 April 2015

Addressing youth unemployment has become increasingly urgent in the face of a deteriorating security situation where criminal and radical groups have penetrated many parts of Mali.

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The Algiers process – a step towards lasting peace in Mali?

Morten Bøås  | 21 April 2015

After eight months of hard talks the Algiers process resulted in a ceasefire agreement and the final draft of a peace plan on 1 March.

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Theory of change: from targets to meaningful effects

Rojan Bolling Karlijn Muiderman  | 12 March 2015

How to base policies on dynamic context analysis.

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How to build peace locally?

Engaging with local non-state actors provides opportunities for peacebuilding, especially in places where the state is absent and solutions should be sought within communities.

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Religious actors in development: Time to fix our blind spot

Religious actors are often able to give structure when the other institutions of a state collapse. However, their role and impact in development cooperation and...

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The trouble with enterprise groups

Jacqueline Vrancken  | 21 January 2015

When it comes to enterprise support, there is a discrepancy between the frameworks offered by NGOs and how people in the communities want to operate.

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Living analysis

Sahel Watch: a living analysis of the conflict in Mali

Karlijn Muiderman | April 24, 2015

The conflict in Mali has its roots in history, but can also be seen as a product of current social, economic, ecological, political, security and geopolitica...

On the recent clashes in northern Mali

Karlijn Muiderman | March 10, 2015

Based on information from the media, as well as interviews with experts, including local sources who talked to us confidentially, The Broker has reconstructe...

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Sahel Watch

Sahel Watch

The conflict in Mali has its roots in history, but can also be seen as a product of current economic, ecological, political, security and geopolitical develo...

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Creating more and better jobs in a globalized world.

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UN-led worldwide consultations will determine the development agenda for international cooperation.

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