The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference began in Paris on 30 November. To coincide with the conference, Ambroise Fayolle and Jonathan Taylor, Vice Presidents of the European Investment Bank, write on the role that multilateral development banks have in efforts to tackle global warming, and the measures the European Investment Bank is taking to support projects that mitigate […]
Europe’s challenge for the next ten years is to remain competitive as income and trade patterns shift
The coming decade will see patterns of trade and investment move towards Asia, and with this movement, new challenges to Europe’s prosperity. Margot James MP shares her views on ‘Europe in the world in 2023’ – which was the latest topic discussed in the Foreign Office’s series of Jubilee Dialogues. The recent dialogue discussed the spread of economic power and […]
The EU should do more to engage with migrant diasporas to encourage development within and outside of Europe
There is growing recognition that migrants to Europe can act as agents of development for their countries of origin, and that this is something that should be encouraged through engagement with diaspora and migrant organisations. Using nine examples of good practice from across Europe, Nadja Schuster and Marlene Keusch argue for more coherence between migration and development policies. They write […]
One Laptop Per Child started out with a very ambitious mission: to provide more information and better education to the world’s poor via an inexpensive laptop. This book tells not only the story of this pioneering project, but also puts the lessons into perspective for future social entrepreneurs. Cole Armstrong finds that the book provides an interesting account of a successful social […]
Combining studies of demography, climate change, technology, political development, and global governance frameworks, this book highlights the major underlying determinants of change in the African context and key uncertainties about the continent’s future development prospects. Sasha Jesperson believes this collection will be of primary interest to graduate students and academics researching development in the region. Africa Toward 2030: Challenges for Development Policy. […]
If Europe is to preserve influence in the Middle East and North Africa, it must move on from technocratic policies towards more flexible cooperation.
The combination of the eurozone crisis and the Arab Spring mean that Europe can no longer count on a technocratic multilateral strategy to maintain influence in the Mediterranean, argues Kristina Kausch. Europe must now move towards more nuanced and flexible schemes incorporating greater bilateral and sectoral cooperation to fit the emerging political and economic geometries of the Middle East and […]
EU funding for NGOs in Turkey is part of a long-term strategy aimed at strengthening democracy in the country, with funded organisations seen as a ‘bulwark’ against the excesses of state power. Markus Ketola argues, however, that Turkish NGOs do not operate in a vacuum – they are affected by the socio-political dynamics of Turkish society. While they play an […]
Despite souring relations, the EU should avoid the temptation to further disengage with Belarus and enhance its policy of critical engagement.
Considered by many to be Europe’s ‘last dictatorship’ under President Alexander Lukashenka, Belarus’s relations with the EU have been in decline for several years, despite initiatives such as the Eastern Partnership. Giselle Bosse warns that instead of disengaging, the EU should continue its policy of critical engagement with the country by building the capacity of Belarusian civil society and being […]
Through the efforts of increasingly media-aware NGOs, people in the west are bombarded with images of poverty and inequality in the developing world. Representations of Poverty is a comprehensive study of the communications and imagery used by international NGOs to represent the developing world. In this meticulously researched and original book, Nandita Dogra examines the full cycle of representation – […]
Book Review: A New Generation Draws the Line: Humanitarian Intervention and the “Responsibility to Protect”
How do we understand the ethics of humanitarian intervention in today’s world? After Western intervention in the conflict associated with the Arab Spring, this new edition of Noam Chomsky‘s A New Generation Draws the Line aims to provide timely answers. Imani Perry finds it to be a wonderfully useful book for many reasons, but most importantly because it pushes the reader to ask questions […]
Based on fifteen years of original research Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson marshall a broad range of historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy, ultimately examining why some nations are poor and others rich. Janet Hunter takes […]
The EU’s Raw Materials Initiative may be of little benefit to the EU or to the developing countries it intends to help
The EU’s new Raw Materials Initiative (RMI), aims to increase Europe’s access to raw materials in developing countries, while at the same time increasing development in those countries. Benjamin Laag argues that it remains to be seen whether the RMI can actually improve EU’s access to raw materials, and that it may also not provide the benefits it intends to in […]
With a falling budget, and chaotic administration, Austria’s development policy is in serious need of reform.
Austria’s development policy is chaotic. Organized by eight ministries, and in the face of declining budgets, a mere 130 bureaucrats from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) have the job of fostering change in more than a dozen countries all over the world. Dirk van den Boom assesses what needs to change to get the Austrian development community back on track. […]
Five minutes with Sweden’s Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, Tobias Billström: “Europe’s relationship with North Africa when it comes to migration is something that we will have to continue to discuss.”
Can migration be good for both migrants’ home countries and for their destinations? In an interview with EUROPP editors Chris Gilson and Julian Kirchherr, Sweden’s Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, Tobias Billström argues that migrants remit far more than countries provide in development aid, and that they can be key in addressing skill shortages within the EU. What do […]
Voters in Greece, France and the United Kingdom have sent a clear signal in the past month that they want governments to give priority to jobs and opportunities as well as reducing deficits and debt. Lord Nicholas Stern argues that unleashing the low-carbon economy could achieve these goals. Framed by credible and stable policies, the European Union could then unlock private […]
By building up the private sector and free market economies, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will help to foster democracy in the Arab Spring countries.
In his second article, Thomas Mirow, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) argues that one of the most pressing economic problems in the Arab Spring countries is the lack of an independent and competitive private sector. With cautious privatization and the building up of the free market economy, the EBRD hopes to foster democracy by building up […]
Twenty years after assisting former communist countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development faces new challenges in helping the emerging democracies of the Arab Spring
Set up to support former communist countries in their transitions to the free market, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development now faces a renewed mandate to assist the Arab Spring countries in their path to democracy and free markets. In the first of two blogs, Thomas Mirow, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, warns that despite the […]
Matthew Partridge suspects that the latest book by Ayse Zarakol may be a missed opportunity to focus on the impact of past defeat on future foreign policy. After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West. Ayse Zarakol. Cambridge University Press. April 2011. Find this book at: Google Books Amazon LSE Library There is general agreement that […]