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Frank van Kesteren

Frank van Kesteren

Frank is a knowledge broker working for the INCLUDE knowledge platform. He previously worked on the Migration Trail living analysis and for the Post-2015 dossier at the Broker. Frank holds a Bachelor of International Development Studies from Wageningen University and Research Centre and completed a Research Master of Science in International Development Studies from University of Amsterdam. In his master’s thesis he looked at the impact of globalizing food markets on the cognitive capacities (i.e. skills and knowledge) of food consumers and their relationship with sustainable consumption in Argentina. He has an interest in inclusive development, sociology, the political economy and consumer studies.

African migration calls for an intercontinental outlook

Although African migration is no new phenomenon, migration from Africa to Europe has increased gradually in recent years. What is driving them to move to Europe at this moment in time? When answering this question it becomes clear that effective migration policies need to target development inside Africa, with a particular focus on the rule of law and decent employment opportunities.

Changing expectations as real push factor for migration to Europe

The year 2015 marked the greatest influx of Syrians to Europe ever recorded. There is little doubt about the danger of the conflict in Syria as the main driver for emigration, but the motives to migrate to Europe can be debated.

The discursive deadlock of sustainability policy

The launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) marks the introduction of sustainability as an overarching concept for international development by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns at the international policy level. Yet the extent to which the environment will profit from the SDGs is questionable given the structure of the document and its framing of the sustainability concept. In the end, the 2030 agenda for development might very well result in cherry picking and ‘business as usual’.

Targeting the poorest of the poor – Specific attention needed to prevent the most marginalized from dropping out

The recently launched Millennium Development Goals Report gives reason for optimism about achievement of the first goal: reduce extreme poverty by half. However, the figures do not display the little progress made for the poorest of the poor, those frequently excluded from poverty eradication programmes. A specific target is required in the post-2015 goals to make sure that no one will be ‘left behind’.

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