Global Development Strategies

Global Development Strategies

Exploring the shifts in global power dynamics in order to generate more sustainable global develo... read more

This theme examines multi-level mechanisms of power with global implications and transnational economic processes to acquire a deeper understanding of the trends and interests at play and determine more effective global development strategies.

Global power relations have fundamentally changed. The old multilateral system is starting to crumble due to the emergence of new, powerful countries which are increasingly taking the lead in the global economy. The traditional dividing line between the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries has become blurred.

Globalization demands economic, political, social and development strategies that exceed the nation state. The recent global economic crisis again exposed the challenges of ongoing economic and financial interconnectedness. In particular, the preceding absence of effective global governance marked by rising global inequalities and a hollowing of democracy, were clear warning signs of the growing challenges and interconnection. Development is no longer solely about tackling poverty by aid transfer from rich to poor countries. Poor and marginalized people are not only limited to the developing world, and the rich constitute a global elite who are also not confined to borders or hemispheres. Instead global development implies a fair management of global public goods, such as a sustainable environment and climate, food, water and energy security, as well as stable and accountable financial and trade relations. As these cannot be addressed exclusively at the local or national levels, effective transnational cooperation is required.

At the same time, the prospect of effective and sustainable global governance is challenged in a global arena where countries’ interests and policy priorities inevitably clash. Growing economic  integration is increasingly causing political, ethnic and religious fragmentation, shifting power relations, fear of and opposition to foreign influences at the national and local levels, and resistance to dominant forces and processes.

This Global Development theme page should help us deepen our understanding of this global turbulence. It requires a different analytical framework: one that focuses on the global governance of global public goods and follows the complex processes that determine its success or failure, rather than one that restricts itself to analyzing ‘aid’ relations from a national and/or Northern perspective. We aim to focus on research and methods that will improve how we interpret these shifts in global dynamics in order to generate more fair and sustainable global development strategies.

Global development blog

Tax-free poverty reduction?

Niels Keijzer Timo Mahn  | 18 April 2014

Global efforts to counter tax avoidance by multinational companies call for a rethink of policies on the taxation of aid...

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Editorial articles

Milestone or deadlock?

G77's statement on means of implementation likely to set the tone for final round of OWG negotiations.

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From stocktaking to negotiation

Saskia Hollander | March 05, 2014

So far has seen the friendly phase of the post-2015 process. In the coming months, however, diverging interests between high-, middle- and low-income countri...

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An unfinished symphony

Saskia Hollander, Pearl Heinemans | September 27, 2013

As a highly fragmented UN debates the new global development agenda, the different perspectives and interests involved are bound to clash, making the entire...

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Editorial: History repeats itself. Or not?

Frans Bieckmann | May 08, 2013

At the end of the 1990s I wrote a lot about the alter-globalization movement. The movement really hit the headlines with the mass protests

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Strenghtening the accountability of local governance

Stephan Klingebiel, Timo Mahn | March 12, 2013

The trend of decentralising governance responsibilities to the sub-national level in Africa will continue and therefore it is crucial that this transfer of r...

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Expert opinions

Global labour in crisis

Vera Borsboom  | 02 July 2014

Developing a stable and decent labour market is a matter of willingness and making choices.

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How to use the potential of innovative development financing

Saskia Hollander  | 25 June 2014

Now that Official Development Assistance (ODA) has been declining for the past few years, academic discussions on how to attract additional public and private...

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The middle class sandwich

Evert-jan Quak  | 25 June 2014

The EADI General Conference started its first full day on 24 June with a plenary panel on the middle classes. It emerged that perspectives on the middle classes...

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Post-2015 and income inequality: more of the same?

Casper Rutting  | 16 June 2014

Income inequality features prominently in the debate on the design of the post-2015 development agenda. Yet, so far, states have confined themselves to window...

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Challenges for the new European Development Commissioner

Saskia Hollander  | 01 May 2014

While the European Commission has all the potential to play a significant role in development cooperation, the EU member states lack the political will and courage to do so.

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Dossiers

Post-2015

Post-2015

UN-led worldwide consultations will determine the development agenda for international cooperation.

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Emerged Powers

Emerged Powers

New developments on emerged powers and global shifts in power in the world.

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Prioritising Water after 2015

Prioritising Water after 2015

Join the debate on the role of water in the Post-2015 development agenda

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Inequality

Inequality

Inequality is at the heart of the debate of how to create a more sustainable world.

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