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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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Low wages and job insecurity as a destructive global standard

Discussion paper for the FNV Mondiaal conference on precarious work. The spread of insecure employment conditions have a negative impact on macroeconomic dev...

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Looking beyond success stories

Klaartje Jaspers | November 13, 2014

To give local and international businesses a new role in assuring inclusive growth in Africa, the African Studies Centre and the Netherlands African Business...

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Expert opinions

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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Breaking the metal ceiling, one enterprise at a time

Francisco Campos  | 28 January 2015

Female participation in entrepreneurial activities is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region. But is this a success story for the integration of women in the labour market?

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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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Emerging powers: Rise of the South or a reconfiguration of elites?

Achin Vanaik  | 08 January 2015

Economic growth in the newly emerging economies is accompanied by obscene disparities between rich and poor.

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Is political economy analysis too challenging for aid donors?

Sue Unsworth  | 30 December 2014

Political economy analysis lays bare the flaws in technocratic, aid centric approaches to development that have long characterised mainstream practice.

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Current dossiers

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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Employment

Employment

Creating more and better jobs in a globalized world.

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Post-2015

Post-2015

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

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