The big migration debate: time to cut the link with development

In the big ‘migration debate’ strong assumptions have been made about the link between migration and development. Often, development is regarded as a tool to reduce migration and, vice versa, migration as a tool to affect development. This, however, is not necessarily true, resulting in unnecessary confusion and even worse – bad policies for the […]

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Conserving culture and pushing boundaries in Somaliland: Hargeysa International Book Fair 2018

Conserving culture and pushing boundaries in Somaliland: Hargeysa International Book Fair 2018 Republished with the kind permission of Africa in Words. Go through the gates of the Xaranta Dhaqanka, the Hargeysa Cultural Centre in Somaliland’s capital, and you’ll encounter a courtyard of small buildings. To your right is the Cultural Centre’s library, housing a wide-ranging collection […]

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Informal sector must be on the menu for inclusive growth

An enabled, well-supported and dynamic informal sector can be a potent instrument for generating more inclusive growth. New results from South African research highlights the important role of informal enterprises in providing paid employment and reducing poverty. But in order to strengthen this role substantially and sustainably, effective and enabling policies are required, including ‘smart’ […]

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Expanding the evidence base on knowledge brokering in international development

At home and abroad, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to bring together governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and research organizations. Since 2012, it  has been investing in multi-stakeholder knowledge platforms for global development, which have yielded positive results, according to The Gold Standard learning review, undertaken in 2016. However, the […]

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Joining forces, sharing power

Today’s challenges are characterized by their complex, multifaceted nature and need concerted, multidimensional action to meet them. Motivated by the recognition that we must work together to find solutions to our common challenges, The Broker joined forces with Partos and its innovation platform, The Spindle, to celebrate inspiring and innovative collaborations in civil society. The […]

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Africa Writes Young Voices 2018

Africa Writes: Young Voices 2018 2018 is the second year of our Africa Writes: Young Voices education programme, which seeks to open up the wonderful world of African and diaspora literature to young people in schools and inspire them to write and perform their own poetry. Guided by professional poets and facilitators, school students explore […]

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Breaking down silos is the first step towards fruitful policy making

Current policy making in international development lacks the right balance between economic, environmental and social benefits. In order to make policies sustainable, such a balance should be sought more forcefully. This entails engaging the private sector with new and innovative approaches, given its key position in the global development discourse. Source: BROKERS

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Africa Writes 2019 – Call for ideas

Africa Writes 2019 LONDON – Friday 5 July – Saturday 6 July, The British Library BRISTOL – late June (final dates TBC) The Royal African Society’s annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora returns! Established in 2012, Africa Writes is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing. The festival aims […]

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