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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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Europe and the sustainable development goals

Anna Knoll | August 29, 2014

Although the final report of the UN Open Workin Group can be considered a satisfactory result from a European perspective, much work is still to be done.

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The two sides of the universality coin

Jonathan Glennie | August 27, 2014

How to really achieve development's latest buzzword, universality, in the post-2015 agenda.

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The vanishing employment relationship

John Grahl  | 20 August 2014

Specific policy is needed to respond to the loss of social control over employment.

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The rebirth of stakeholder capitalism?

Robert B. Reich  | 19 August 2014

The US may be witnessing the beginning of a return to stakeholder capitalism.

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Preventing crime and violence is better than fighting it

Bastiaan Engelhard  | 10 August 2014

In response to the Northern Triangle trilogy: Regional donor programmes focus on prevention to reduce crime and violence on the streets of the ‘Northern Triangle’ countries.

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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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