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.

An inclusive future demands political courage

Evert-jan Quak  | 19 June 2013

To achieve inclusive development the European Union (EU) needs to reframe its economic policy and reconsider politically sensitive issues.

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Editorial articles

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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Fragile employment

Over 200 million people worldwide are officially unemployed, but a much larger number of people has an uncertain, unstable and precarious job.

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From disposable labour to a different globalization

The central theme of The Broker Day 2014 on 14 April was employment and inequality, and the structural macroeconomic problems underlying them.

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Expert opinions

A digital network for entrepreneurs across Africa

Ben White Miguel Heilbron  | 20 November 2014

Innovative early stage ventures that potentially have a high social and environmental impact, but require less than €1 million in capital are the most difficult...

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Filling the skill gaps

Karina Ufert  | 18 November 2014

Skill gaps and effective pairing of education with labour market needs remain one of the most pressing obstacles for SME development in Africa.

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Young entrepreneurs in rural Africa as drivers for job creation

Paula Nagler Wim Naudé  | 21 November 2014

Can Africa’s rural economy create enough jobs for predominantly young job-seekers?

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Support for SMEs: lucrative or futile?

Roland Michelitsch  | 13 November 2014

Assistance to small and medium enterprises only makes sense if it addresses the key constraints for SMEs and allows them to grow into larger and more productive enterprises.

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Why private equity boosts developing economies

Matthijs de Bruijn Som Toohey  | 12 November 2014

Four main characteristics of the private equity model are crucial to drive SME development in developing countries.

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Beyond treating symptoms

Paul Lange  | 29 October 2014

Support to SMEs in fragile and conflict-affected states has become a priority for the international development community. Yet thorough analysis of the broader...

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It’s not about formalization

Jann Lay  | 28 October 2014

How informal micro and small enterprises can (if they should at all) make the transition into formal enterprises and how this would affect their growth and...

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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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