Francine Mestrum is a doctor in social sciences, a lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, a researcher and an international consultant. She is a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum. More recently, she started an initiative on global social justice in order to link the topics of development and global taxation and to launch a debate on global income redistribution.
We tend to forget it, but the development cooperation agenda started, more than fifty years ago, with the aim of reducing the income gap between what is now called rich and poor countries. In the 1970s, when too many people started to believe in t...read more
UN summits follow a more or less predetermined route. Heads of state and government and heads of major international organizations all come and make their declarations. In most of them, there is nothing really new or interesting. Now and then, how...read more
This UN summit is extremely important, even for the billion and a half extremely poor people in the world. Since I am known for being very critical of the poverty reduction policies, this statement may surprise. Let me explain what I mean.Poverty...read more
Development aid is becoming a hot topic. William Easterly and Dambisa Moyo almost made us believe development aid was totally useless and should be abandoned. I am very grateful to the authors of the Dutch report of the Scientific Council for Gove...read more
It was a real pleasure to read the report of the Scientific Council for Government Policy. In the midst of winter, with snow falling from the sky, it makes you think spring is in the air. Add to this a UN report on the World Social Situation (2010...read more