We all want a better world. Before I lose you in the dust of big words and abbreviations, let’s at least agree on that much. If you’re familiar with development in general or the work of United Nations – even a little bit, you have heard of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the last 15… Read more »
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The sustainable development goals have yet to be adopted; however, the first signs of changes in the way we work are already there. Here are five reflections on what we’ve learned so far in Moldova:
When we talk about development, we often talk about it as though it were a singular global problem with a singular global solution. Just take a look at some of the instruments we’ve developed and that we refer to in times of a crisis: The previous Millenium Development Goals and now the Sustainable Development Goals, the… Read more »
Education is the foundation upon which a life of dignity is built. Sure, it is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; but education is more than just a basic right – it is essential for the full realization of other rights. Without it, how could we understand when our rights have been fulfilled or… Read more »
Our world. Our dignity. Our future. With this motto, the European Union will be launching the European Year for Development 2015, which aims to raise awareness of development across Europe – and throughout the world.
Power is intangible, but crucial; a subtle and pervasive force field connecting individuals, communities and nations in a constant process of negotiation, contestation and change. Development is, at its heart, about the redistribution and accumulation of power by citizens. Much of the standard work on empowerment focuses on institutions and the world of formal power… Read more »
Cities across the world are functioning as real-life laboratories for exploring new approaches to economic, social, and human development. Why the city? Well, in part, because that’s where everyone is – and the rest of us seem to be going.
Old development strategies which starkly divided the world into rich and poor are slowly fading away. Middle-income countries are a good example of this trend – often acting as both donors and recipients of development aid at the same time. Does the traditional division of the world into ‘developed’ and ‘developing countries’ at all reflect… Read more »
In 1990, 43 percent of the population of developing countries lived in extreme poverty; by 2010, that number was halved. But does this mean poverty was actually reduced?
Last month, the 2014 Human Development Report was officially unveiled. It is probably the most comprehensive and empirically robust analysis of progress and trends in human development. On top of this, it guides us towards new policy approaches that tend to shatter our ‘business as usual’ approach. Here’s how we see its relevance in the… Read more »