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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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Anti-gang policies and gang responses in the Northern Triangle

The particular evolution of the gang phenomenon has been deeply shaped by a series of reactions and adaptations to ill-developed security policies.

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Drugs and violence in the Northern Triangle

Pien Metaal, Liza ten Velde | July 03, 2014

Could shifts in international aid, national drug policy and law enforcement contribute to reducing the high homicide rates?

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Expert opinions

The post-2015 casino dilemma: cash the chips or double down?

Sunil Suri | September 18, 2014

Accepting a progressive but imperfect starting point for intergovernmental negotiations, or risking losing all the gains made so far?

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Unleashing those constrained gazelles

Michael Grimm  | 11 September 2014

SMEs can and need to play an important role in securing and creating new jobs, if development programmes revert their focus to job creation with the help of...

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Raising management standards in Africa

Micheline Goedhuys  | 11 September 2014

The inability of African firms to implement management practices that conform to basic international standards is a barrier to enter global markets, depressing...

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New technologies for SME job creation

Stephen Haggard  | 11 September 2014

Communications-based digital industries have a special model for surviving the familiar SME-killing challenges. Embracing technologies such as the cloud,...

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Five steps that create inclusive growth through SMEs

Tara Sabre Collier  | 11 September 2014

Despite being the world’s second fastest-growing region, Africa’s challenge is translating this growth into broad-based improvements in well-being.

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Inequality and the Middle Class

The Broker reports from the EADI conference Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes, 23 – 26 June 2014 in Bonn, Germany. The Broker is main media partner during this conference. Also see the EADI conference blog.

Breaking out of the development community

Evert-jan Quak  | 27 June 2014

The EADI conference has closed its doors. What the conference has shown us is that the debate on inequality and the rise of the middle class in developing countries...

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Renegotiating the social contract

Saskia Hollander  | 27 June 2014

Can global citizenship flourish in an era of increased competition between the middle classes in the North and the South?

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Development as building middle-class societies

Evert-jan Quak  | 27 June 2014

The Broker had the pleasure of interviewing Nancy Birdsall, president of the Centre for Global Development, at the EADI conference. She has often asked herself who you call middle class?

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