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 […]

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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 […]

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Book Review: Learning to Change the World: The Social Impact of One Laptop Per Child

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 […]

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Book Review: Africa Toward 2030: Challenges for Development Policy

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. […]

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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 […]

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EU support for NGOs in Turkey is not a short-cut to democratic change.

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 […]

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