Category: Development

Tackling the humanitarian-development divide

Despite being motivated by a common concern to help people in need, the humanitarian and development sectors worldwide do not respond to contemporary crises, such as state fragility, population displacement and civil war, in the same way.

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The future of development

International development is facing significant criticism and profound challenges.  European governments are prioritising domestic agendas by cutting aid budgets and diverting development money to dealing with refugees.  Many of these governments promote the private sector as an alternative source of development assistance.  It means that there is little prospect of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, a project currently defining international development but one which even lacks the necessary data gathering mechanisms to determine progress. Meanwhile, the traditional North-South spatial dimension of development is disrupted by rapidly-emerging economies in the South and pockets of deep poverty...

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