Water wells and cell phones in rural Mali: the hidden nexus

In less than two decades, wireless technologies have spread to regions where access to safe drinking water has been lacking since time immemorial. Recent research shows that increasing access to cell-phones is improving water access in rural Mali. This could help mitigate tensions over water resources in the face of drought, war and climate change. […]

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Integrating gender and wellbeing in economics

Economics claims to be a gender-neutral domain and assumes that individuals are rational decision makers. However, economic theories and methods have been developed and applied from a one-sided, male view of the economy. In her new book, development economist Nicky Pouw successfully puts forth an inclusive economics model that takes gender into account and offers […]

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How can Food

On 1 February The Broker, supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), organized a workshop to conclude its project on conflict sensitive Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) programming in fragile settings. Bringing together policymakers, researchers and practitioners working on food security in fragile settings, this workshop served to share the lessons learned (captured […]

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How can FNS programming ‘do good’ in fragile settings?

On 1 February The Broker, supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), organized a workshop to conclude its project on conflict sensitive Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) programming in fragile settings. Bringing together policymakers, researchers and practitioners working on food security in fragile settings, this workshop served to share the lessons learned (captured […]

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More innovation and inspiration: Civil society partnerships for civic action

After last year’s successful project on innovative civic action, which resulted in the publication Activism, artivism and beyond, The Broker is joining forces with The Spindle, Partos’ innovation platform once again – this time to look at creative civil society partnerships. The new project will start in mid-February and promises to be another inspiring endeavour.  Source: […]

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Expect the unexpected: focus on the unintended effects of international cooperation

It is striking how little attention is paid to the unintended effects of development cooperation in evaluations thereof, despite the OECD guidelines that stipulate that evaluators should look at these. A recent meta-evaluation of the evaluation quality of the largest bilateral aid agency in the world, USAID, showed that only 15% of it evaluations paid […]

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Women’s inclusion in the peace process in Mali

Women have been marginalized throughout the Malian peace process and their inclusion has received little priority, contrary to UN Security Council resolutions on the involvement of women in peace processes. Although legislation and policy frameworks promoting their inclusion are in place, implementation is lagging behind. Despite difficulties in the Malian peace process, there are opportunities […]

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How the Sustainable Development Goals can help to stem income inequality

Growing income inequality warrants a strong response. In our recent book ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Income Inequality’, we argue that income inequality is insufficiently dealt with in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to weak targets and failure to recognize the difference between income of all social classes, income from work and income from capital. […]

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Getting to know our new captains

Since 1 January, The Broker has been sailing under a new captaincy. After saying goodbye to long-standing director Frans Bieckmann, Remmelt de Weerd and Saskia Hollander have taken the helm. It is high time to get to know the new management a little better. Source: BROKERS

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