Today was the start of the final two weeks of the Bellagio Initiative. Forty people from across the world have been invited to the beautiful Lake Como in northern Italy to talk about how we can act more strategically towards achieving hu...▶
Worldbank development research director Martin Ravallion suggests an 'Ex-ante Survey of Knowledge on Impact' as a condition for funding a project or policy proposal. This should enhance the 'demand for knowledge', the actual use of research by pol...▶
The future of international aid does not look bright. Development aid has always been surrounded by questions and controversy, but in recent years the tone of the debate has hardened. Sweeping changes are needed if efforts to help the world’s poor...▶
Today is a milestone for The Broker. The 25th issue of our magazine has been snail-mailed to subscribers world wide▶
Globalization has blurred the distinction between internal and external affairs. This is equally true for both developing countries and richer countries. Moreover, it could result in a profound reshuffling of administrative power relations within...▶
Het AIV-advies over de ‘post-2015’ agenda voor mondiale ontwikkeling zet een andere toon dan eerdere, invloedrijke rapporten van de WRR. Daarmee creëert het een basis voor een interessant debat tussen een aantal verschillende paradigma’s over ontw...▶
Issue 25 of The Broker is a milestone. A fitting moment to look back at four years of pioneering journalism. More importantly, The Broker is at a crossroads, about to embark on an exciting new venture. This month we are launching an entirely new w...▶
‘The biggest failure of civil society organizations is their complete lack of political imagination,’ says Rakesh Rajani. ‘NGOs are bankrupt. They do some workshops here and there that you have to pay to attend. NGOs are cut off from reality, they...▶
The uprising in North Africa and the Middle East calls for a thorough rethinking of the European Union's and its member states' policies towards the region. Europe’s reaction to the recent events in its backyard has been slow, ambivalent and witho...▶
Since The Broker started in 2007, Frans has been editor in chief and, since 2013, he has also been the executive director. He left The Broker in december 2017.
Frans studied international relations at the University of Amsterdam and has 30 years’ experience as a researcher, journalist and advisor on issues of development and globalization. He has advised a number of development organizations and government institutions and has been published in many newspapers, magazines and journals. In August 2012, Frans published the book Soedan – Het sinistere spel om macht, rijkdom en olie, a detailed analysis of international involvement with Sudan and the conflict in Darfur.