As part of a policy focus on promoting inclusiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa, donor countries and development organizations widely promote redistributive income and cash transfers to ensure that the poor become integrated in the market economy...▶
High levels of economic growth are not sufficient to reach the bottom 40%. Despite this being an increasingly accepted view, policies to promote inclusiveness often remain empty shells as existing power structures are unchallenged. If we want to r...▶
The report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, launched on 8 August 2014, has missed an important opportunity to accomplish a breakthrough on the pressing questions of development finance. Domin...▶
The long wait is over. During the 13th and final session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on sustainable development goals (SDGs), held from 14 to 19 July, the 69 member countries agreed on a set of 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets. These should...▶
Can global citizenship flourish in an era of increased competition between the middle classes in the North and the South?▶
It is questionable whether the middle classes in Southern Africa can be perceived as drivers of economic and societal change.▶
The field of Development Studies needs to revitalize its identity and set clear boundaries for what it should and should not do.▶
Now that Official Development Assistance (ODA) has been declining for the past few years, academic discussions on how to attract additional public and private sources of funding for sustainable development are heating up.▶
During the EADI 14th General Conference panel session ‘Promoting Democracy in a Polycentric World: What Role for the Emerging Powers’, Andrew Cooper and Gerd Schönwälder argued that the emerging economies - mainly Brazil, India, South Africa, Turk...▶
Now that the work of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is coming to an end, the question of finance casts a dark shadow over the final round of negotiations. Last week, the Group of 77 (G77) and China present...▶
Saskia is knowledge broker and coordinator of the Inclusive Economy Africa programme. She studied political science at VU University Amsterdam. Her professional interests are very broad and cover democratization, social change, the international political economy and EU politics.
She co-edited the book Creative Crises of Democracy and has written several articles on democratization, political participation and transnational democracy. Saskia is currently writing her PhD thesis on direct democratic reform in Europe. She previously worked at the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) and the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR).