Poverty Reduction

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

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Patriarchal attitudes

How family planning sometimes depends on church or mosque

In West Africa, some faith-based networks promote demographic change

Basic needs

At current trends, water SDG will not be achieved

UN states that water management must improve internationally

Government revenues

Why UN probably cannot deliver more on taxes than OECD

Multilateral action should contribute to boosting government revenues


A father-son relationship in crisis

Nassir Djafari’s debut novel illuminates a father-son relationship

Development studies

Why development depends on a national elite’s shared vision

Oxford scholar rehabilitates the much-maligned term “aid”

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Kenyans have taken to the streets

In recent months, demonstrators have protested against the sharp rise in the cost of living and tax increases. Thirty people have already died

Horn of Africa

The multiple layers of drought

Communities in the Horn of Africa are affected by complex and interrelated crises

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Political economy

How Xi Jinping is exacerbating China’s economic misery

Market dynamism requires the rule of law and freedom of speech, so authoritarianism limits economic growth

Food crisis

Shortage of maize meal in Zambia

In Zambia, there is currently a critical shortage of maize, as external demand for the grain in East Africa is rising


Boys face undernutrition too

While research indicates that girls and women are particularly affected by hunger, boys and men must not be forgotten too


Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require good governance – from the local to the global level.


The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to transform economies in an environmentally sound manner, leaving no one behind.