Post Tagged with: "development"

Senegal 2012 and Beyond: Economic and Political Challenges

Senegal 2012 and Beyond: Economic and Political Challenges

Senegal’s new president Macy Sall and his government face multiple challenges both in terms of domestic economic and institutional development and regional political stability.

Rethinking Development

Rethinking Development

We require a decolonization of the imagination. We need to abandon the search for alternative models of development and start imagining alternatives to development. The project today is not so much to rethink development, but to un-think it.

The Convergence of Cyberspace and Sustainability

The Convergence of Cyberspace and Sustainability

There is an emerging synergy between cyberspace and sustainability as they converge on the global policy agenda.

The Middle-Class and the Future of World Politics

The Middle-Class and the Future of World Politics

While the western world is likely to turn inward as its middle-classes attempt to cope with the economic squeeze, the new middle-classes in the global south are less predictable and more likely to be a force for instability. The ability of governments in the global south to respond to the changing demands of their constituents and provide competent economic governance will profoundly influence the future, both domestically and globally.

The Politics of Famine in the Horn of Africa

The Politics of Famine in the Horn of Africa

It is time the U.S. and other governments took a more nuanced approach to politics in the Horn of Africa and followed the lead of international aid agencies on the ground in dealing with local leaders and communities, rather than seeking to impose a top-down central government. The solution to famine in East Africa lies in employment-generating development. It will not offer an instant fix, but it’s a start.

Regional Development: Is There a Universal Model?

Regional Development: Is There a Universal Model?

In the 1970s the world faced a very important paradigm shift of an economic and administrative nature, when the previously dominant Fordist system of production organization faced serious a crisis, and was replaced by a new mode of production which has been primarily based on flexible relationships among local actors, knowledge-oriented economies, endogenous innovation, networks of local industries, and social capital.

Reflections on recent elections in Africa

Reflections on recent elections in Africa

Winner-takes-all multiparty democracy is not appropriate for Africa’s nation-states. Much of Africa today is under the control of “Vampire states”. It has become a pattern: a sitting president reluctantly holds an election; deludes himself into thinking he will win; no one would dare tell him he might lose.

Development and Communities: A View from Cambodia’s Buddhist Temples

Development and Communities: A View from Cambodia’s Buddhist Temples

It would be hard to imagine a more complex array of development challenges than those facing Cambodia. During the brutal civil war and genocide of the 1970s, the lives and institutions of Cambodia were shattered and perhaps two million people died at the hands of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime.

Barack Obama’s Democracy Promotion after One Year

Barack Obama’s Democracy Promotion after One Year

It is wrong to say that Barack Obama rejects the democracy tradition in American foreign policy. His record, appointments and first-year budget requests show that democratization is not being jettisoned as a US goal. To varying extents, the president and his foreign policy principals are liberal internationalists. However there has been a stark rhetorical break from the Bush era.

Where next for gender in international development?

Where next for gender in international development?

Thanks to decades of feminist activism within and outside international institutions, the issue of gender inequality is now firmly embedded within contemporary development policy and practice. In this essay I offer a brief overview of some of the debates and policies that inform feminist approaches to development policy and practice.

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