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

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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Expert opinions

Unleashing those constrained gazelles

Michael Grimm  | 11 September 2014

SMEs can and need to play an important role in securing and creating new jobs, if development programmes revert their focus to job creation with the help of...

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Raising management standards in Africa

Micheline Goedhuys  | 11 September 2014

The inability of African firms to implement management practices that conform to basic international standards is a barrier to enter global markets, depressing...

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New technologies for SME job creation

Stephen Haggard  | 11 September 2014

Communications-based digital industries have a special model for surviving the familiar SME-killing challenges. Embracing technologies such as the cloud,...

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Five steps that create inclusive growth through SMEs

Tara Sabre Collier  | 11 September 2014

Despite being the world’s second fastest-growing region, Africa’s challenge is translating this growth into broad-based improvements in well-being.

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The vanishing employment relationship

John Grahl  | 20 August 2014

Specific policy is needed to respond to the loss of social control over employment.

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The rebirth of stakeholder capitalism?

Robert B. Reich  | 19 August 2014

The US may be witnessing the beginning of a return to stakeholder capitalism.

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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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