Poverty Reduction

The first UN Sustainable Development Goal is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Aid is problematic, but indispensable

Development aid is supposed to facilitate the transfer of prosperity and assist developing countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite record levels, aid flows often fail to deliver the intended results.


The sustainability agenda humankind needs

As new experiences are made, development thinking keeps changing – slowly, but continuously

Social disparities

India’s tiny plutocratic elite is growing fast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered pro-rich growth

Russia and China

BRICS-members are not coordinating their West-Africa strategies

Ghanaian scholar assesses Russia’s role in ECOWAS and speaks of new scramble for Africa

Global crises, local impacts

When a relatively strong African country is struggling on all fronts

If you want to know what impacts multiple global crises have on the daily life of a developing country, consider the example of Kenya

Working world

When qualifications don’t decide your career

In Uganda, as in many other parts of the world, a person’s identity and social relationships are influenced by ethnicity, faith and language. These factors can also have a significant impact on career prospects.

Post-colonial misery

Whose development?

In the eighth decade of international aid efforts, former colonial powers are still privileged

Sustainable Development Goals

Inequality is getting worse according to UNDP

This year’s Human Development Report emphasises the relevance of global public goods and the need for international cooperation.

Business start-up

Local mobile app challenging international competitor

In South Africa, Delivery ka Speed is cheap and easy to access, and it offers its services in townships Uber Eats is avoiding.

Undocumented immigrants

Immigrants trapped in illegality

In Johannesburg, clerics and worshippers say their conscience is torn between illegal money and seeing their churches impoverished, because they fund their churches with illegal mining.

Our View

Why ODA is better than its reputation in donor countries

Official development assistance has helped countries to prosper, and it increasingly serves global public goods.