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Far too much knowledge that could help solve today’s challenges remains unused. At The Broker we are working to make sure that this knowledge becomes available to you and contributes to inclusive, sustainable and evidence-based policy making. As pioneering knowledge brokers since 2007, we have worked with a great variety of government bodies, NGOs, universities and think tanks to jointly connect, arrange and synthesize available knowledge. Our professional team has access to a vast network of experts and is here to make sure that relevant knowledge reaches the right people in the right form. At The Broker we have years of experience in making knowledge work for policy. During this time we have built an extensive international network of professionals working in and on international sustainable development that we can rely on. We make it our business to know whose expertise and experience can provide solutions for policymakers, civil society organizations, and the private sector. Our services are tailor-made and include arranging (online) consultations and expert meetings; developing knowledge platforms; conducting knowledge mapping; preparing synthesis reports and journalistic reporting; and facilitating research uptake. They range from short-term projects that are completed in a week to multi-annual programmes.

Knowledge infrastructure

This explores the questions of how, with whom and in what organizational context can we ensure that feasible country or region strategies are developed?

Building a new structure – Institutional architecture for global development

A new institutional architecture for global development is sorely needed. How can this be done without shifting the focus away from those who need it most, namely the poor and the marginalized?

Palliative measures, or a vibrant civil society?

In this background article the following questions are addressed in preparation of further discussion:

  • How can supporting the social sector strengthen productivity? What criteria have to be taken into account? What research can back this up?

  • How can productivity be strengthened to benefit the poor in particular? And why should we aim at such ‘pro-poor growth’ or ‘inclusive growth’?

  • Is there a contradiction between growth and redistribution?

  • Should we aim to support agriculture? If so, why and how?

  • Is there indeed a process of NGO-ization at work, and how can that be countered?

  • Should NGOs switch from providing services to building society and promoting democratization?

Identifying obstacles – Strategic choices through context analysis

We need to expand our knowledge and use it in more context-specific analyses. The question is at what scale: national, regional or global?

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