Inclusive Economy

Inclusive Economy

Exploring how economics can help build more equal, sustainable and inclusive societies. read more

Inclusive Economy introduction

This theme explores how economics can help build more equal, sustainable and inclusive societies. It builds upon the belief that the world needs new, global economic strategies, which will shift the focus from the pursuit of growth to more diverse economic models and policies that aim to increase human well-being.

Inclusiveness as a concept is often heard, but its meaning is discussed less. In the Inclusive Economy theme, The Broker investigates how we can build a global economic model that moves beyond the one-way road of mere economic growth to one that is also based on principles of equality and human well-being. Such economic transformation is needed in all countries – developed, emerging and developing – and requires action from multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, governments and consumers.

In order to contribute to this challenge, The Broker brings together divergent approaches on how to effectively and structurally evoke this change by connecting the knowledge and experience of academics, policy-makers, practitioners and entrepreneurs.

Precarious work: a concern for the well off

Evert-jan Quak  | 11 December 2014

Linking precarious work to the debate on income inequality shows that precarious work not only affects the ‘losers’...

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Editorial articles

Creating jobs at the heart of economic policy

Annemarie van de Vijsel | March 05, 2015

The Broker's Employment debate showed that an integrated approach is needed that puts employment at the heart of economic reforms.

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Practice, don’t preach: getting serious about inclusive development

Saskia Hollander, Rojan Bolling | February 25, 2015

Policies to promote inclusiveness often remain empty shells as existing power structures are unchallenged.

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Doing business in Africa: do the poor profit?

Annemarie van de Vijsel | November 12, 2014

When the Dutch private sector is involved in development in Africa, a dilemma may arise.

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Looking beyond success stories

Klaartje Jaspers | November 13, 2014

To give local and international businesses a new role in assuring inclusive growth in Africa, the African Studies Centre and the Netherlands African Business...

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Safeguarding community autonomy

Fabio de Castro | May 01, 2014

Local communities’ level of autonomy in shaping their livelihood strategies is reducing and their participation is relegated to a supporting role in Latin Am...

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How excessive inequality bit the rich North

Tom van der Lee | May 02, 2014

Eradicating inequality is the only way towards a stable economic recovery and job creation.

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Profits without labour benefits

Rolph van der Hoeven | February 26, 2014

Inequality is increasing in societies at the household level between groups who depend on wages for their income, and a small group of rich who earn an incom...

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A gender lens on the social change industry

Daniëlle de Winter | February 25, 2014

Women seem to be more attracted to start or participate in social enterprises (SEs) than in ‘regular’ business practices.

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Expert opinions

Breaking the metal ceiling, one enterprise at a time

Francisco Campos  | 28 January 2015

Female participation in entrepreneurial activities is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region. But is this a success story for the integration of women in the labour market?

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The trouble with enterprise groups

Jacqueline Vrancken  | 21 January 2015

When it comes to enterprise support, there is a discrepancy between the frameworks offered by NGOs and how people in the communities want to operate.

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Emerging powers: Rise of the South or a reconfiguration of elites?

Achin Vanaik  | 08 January 2015

Economic growth in the newly emerging economies is accompanied by obscene disparities between rich and poor.

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Small enterprises: little do we know

Francisco Campos  | 18 December 2014

There is limited knowledge about what does and what does not work to boost SME growth and create jobs. We need to keep searching for better answers.

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Making entrepreneurship training work

Tonia Dabwe  | 22 December 2014

SME assistance must be tailored to meeting the specific needs of entrepreneurs.

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Dossiers

Employment

Employment

Creating more and better jobs in a globalized world.

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Social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship

The potential to increase the socioeconomic impact of social enterprises

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Social protection

Social protection

An estimated three quarters of the world’s population has no access to basic social protection.

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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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