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This blog offers you comments on recent events written by members of D+C’s editorial team. You’ll find one or two posts per week. The guiding question is whether something is good or bad for global development.

by Hans Dembowski

Kolkata is making progress, but slower than I had hoped

Coming back from Bangladesh, I recently spent an extend weekend in Kolkata, the city where I did the research for my PhD thesis two decades ago. The agglomeration’s infrastructure has improved and the city looks less messy, but I was a bit disappointed nonetheless. Twenty years ago, it seemed even faster progress was possible.
Construction site on Eastern Metropolitan Byepass.

Construction site on Eastern Metropolitan Byepass.

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by Katja Dombrowski

Don’t forget the Yemenis

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is not inferior to the ones in Syria and Iraq. A large share of the population is severely affected by the dirty war, in which the Saudi-led coalition uses cluster bombs, hitting civil infrastructure and civilians on a large scale. However, the world doesn’t take the same interest.
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by Hans Dembowski

Gambia: ECOWAS assuming responsibility for region's problem

The Economic Community of West African States is insisting on democratic principles in Gambia. The governments of the other member states are putting pressure on Yahya Jammeh to transfer power peacefully after he lost presidential elections in December. It is important to understand why they are doing so. In similar crises, the leaders of Africa’s other regional organisations have tended to back the acting head of state.
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by Hans Dembowski

Imagine Donald Trump’s name was Ali Ibrahim

In strictly formal terms, Donald Trump won the presidential elections in the USA in November. He was ahead in enough states to gain a majority in the electoral college. The international community must accept the validity of the procedures. Nonetheless, Trump’s legitimacy is challenged for several reasons. I’ll spell them out in a short thought experiment.
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by Katja Dombrowski

Time for renewal

People are fed up with the political establishment: same old faces, same old interests, same old policies. That’s not only the case in (typically developing) countries, where authoritarian and unelected governments have reigned for centuries, where political power is often passed on within the family and where democracy still tends to be a mere fig leaf. It is also true for established western democracies like the USA, France or Germany and for newly industrialised countries such as South Korea or South Africa. In fact, it’s a global phenomenon.
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