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Surging or Subsiding? How Mining Sector Booms Impact Female Empowerment

15. September 2020 - 9:10
By Audrey Au Yong Lyn Mexico experienced a major mining boom as a result of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, which produced sharp increases in the prices of precious metals mined in Mexico such as gold and silver. Mining is a male-dominated profession, so what happened to female welfare during the boom? This think piece …
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Economics (really) needs to change: Introducing ‘Wellbeing Economics’ by Nicky Pouw

8. September 2020 - 9:44
By Nicky Pouw Beneath the surface of neoclassical economics lies unwavering faith in the pursuit of big numbers: more is always better. More growth means more income, more supply and production, more employment, more demand, more investment, more growth, and so forth. Big numbers give people a certain sense of security; everything is ‘going well’ …
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It’s about Europe’s future, stupid!

1. September 2020 - 9:25
Against the background of the global Corona pandemic, there is an urgent need for the EU to step up its international cooperation efforts. By Michael Obrovsky Reacting rather swiftly to the economic and social effects of the COVID-19 crisis, The European Council in its July 2020 meeting has agreed on the reconstruction instrument “NextGenerationEU“. The …
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Insects on the Plates!

25. August 2020 - 10:49
By Sarah Nischalke and Sebastian Forneck Finding people who love to feast on insects and collect them from the wild, handing them a few plastic boxes with simple trays for vegetable waste from the kitchen, water and for egg laying/breeding- and ready is the mini-livestock farm that produce crickets, locusts or other insects that go …
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It is time to abandon “development” goals and demand a post-2030 Utopia

11. August 2020 - 10:32
By Julia Schöneberg and Mia Kristin Häckl These are troubled times. Times of multiple, interrelated crises that bring to the fore the injustices, inequalities, and racisms that are not new, but continue to persist and become increasingly hard to ignore. The SDGs started off ambitiously and claimed to set a mark for a new era in which …
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Learning from the grassroots: “Together we are much more than two”

28. Juli 2020 - 10:16
Impressions from the Third Bridge 47 Iberian Knowledge Exchange Partnership Meeting By Talia Vela-Eiden “… y en la calle codo a codo somos mucho más que dos.” (and in the street side by side we are much more than two) Te quiero, Mario Benedetti It was not to be, meeting in Lisbon. However, coming together …
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Disaster response: why democracy matters

14. Juli 2020 - 12:24
By Isabelle Desportes It is inherent to times of crises, and we can witness it in the way the COVID-19 pandemic is being handled too: strong leadership emerges, many decisions and emergency legislative mechanisms are enforced, and some key issues move to the background. While such centralistic measures are often necessary, they also bear the …
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Overcoming Developmentalism

7. Juli 2020 - 13:54
By Henning Melber It might be a platitude but is a reminder for all we say and do: solidarity in its true meaning cannot be confined to words only. Unless these are also reflected in what we do and how we do it, solidarity remains a rather meaningless tokenism or lip service. Declarations are not …
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Inheriting Extreme Poverty

3. Juli 2020 - 9:40
By Owasim Akram After working for more than ten years as a development practitioner in Bangladesh with a tremendous opportunity to observe the lives of the extreme poor while living very closely to them, one simple question kept  chasing me all the time: why do millions of them remain still poor despite huge progress in …
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How can Covid-19 be the catalyst to decolonise development research?

16. Juni 2020 - 11:05
By Melanie Pinet and Carmen Leon-Himmelstine Covid-19 is an unprecedented moment, halting life as we know it. For the global development community, the effects have been profound. Several NGOs have had to scale back or completely stop their operations overseas, while local actors and civil society are rapidly organising to respond to the crisis through …
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Researchers must improve the working conditions for local collaborators

4. Juni 2020 - 11:07
By Ananya Chakraborty and Lennart Kaplan There has been a spurt in research to design appropriate policy solutions for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Global South. Ironically, such research projects often build upon existing power hierarchies, which may result in unsafe and dangerous working conditions and undermine the Sustainable Development Goal …
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