The Broker magazine has been publishing cutting-edge insights on international development since 2007. Over the years we have been at the forefront of debates, putting new developments into perspective and going beyond mainstream discussions. We provide a platform for alternative viewpoints and progressive ideas to spark debate and contribute to new ways of approaching inclusive and sustainable development.
Our dossiers, which contain our complete archive of articles, including our popular online debates, can be found below.
Please note that these archives date back from the start of The Broker, up to 2015. Please find the latest publications on themes related to our field of work via our Magazine page.
The Broker, together with four Dutch Knowledge Platforms, finalized a project on knowledge brokering partnerships with Low- and Middle-Income Countries. This article offers insights into the process of the project and presents a downloadable two pager summarising the main insights.
Given the importance of knowledge valorisation for junior researchers, our brokers, Dr. Agnieszka Kazimierczuk and Sasha Al Busaidy, conducted a training session on stakeholder mapping
In 2022, Sasha joined our team of knowledge brokers. She completed a bachelor’s at University College Utrecht focusing on Economics, Psychology, and International Development and
The upcoming Dutch Africa will generate debate on how to create beneficial partnerships within the prevailing Aid and Trade Agenda. The real question, however, is how the Dutch government will ensure its policies actually serve the interests of local communities. According to Knowledge Broker Joscha Betke ‘Measuring what matters’ and placing communities’ well-being at the heart of the Africa strategy will be crucial to ensure its success.
At the beginning of this year, knowledge brokers Ruth van de Velde and Siri Lijfering conducted an evaluation of the Embassy Science Fellows Programme (ESF-NL),
Last year, Rikke joined The Broker as a knowledge broker. He is a great addition to the team because of his broad background in international
In February, Prof. Dr Art Dewulf and Dr Daniel Wiegant of Wageningen University (WUR) organised a three-day project meeting to kick off the four-year research project on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) governance and decision-making in East Africa
Youth agripreneurship, especially in the African context, is seen as an innovative, cross-cutting approach to tackle a multiplex of challenges, including youth unemployment and indecent employment, food insecurity and climate change.
Harnessing the power of youth in agriculture: A new report and policy brief on inclusive agripreneurship in Africa
We are excited to announce our new report and policy brief on inclusive youth agripreneurship in Africa, the result of a collaborative project, led by The Broker with the Netherlands Food Partnership and INCLUDE.
In May 2022, and following the impactful dialogue series on the ‘decolonisation of aid’, Partos and The Broker joined forces once again, this time to
Aid and trade remain the policy focus of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In February this year the IOB (the Ministry’s evaluation service) published
The final knowledge product for the project ‘Working with faith-based actors for sustainable development’, is a Dialogue Guide that seeks to provide a starting point for development practitioners and policymakers – both religious and secular – to engage in an open dialogue on the role of religion in development cooperation.
Director Saskia Hollander is saying farewell to The Broker after nearly 10 years
The negative effects of climate change are increasingly being felt across the globe. Countries of the Global South, which have contributed very little to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change, are most exposed to the consequences and yet have the least financial resources available to deal with them. Rich countries therefore have a major responsibility to support the rest of the world through climate finance.
The Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Liesje Schreinemacher, is developing a new policy document. While the general direction is determined by the coalition
This Future Brief, the first in a trilogy co-developed by Partos and The Broker investigates the legacies that development cooperation inherited from the colonial project.
Afghanistan is experiencing an unprecedented hunger crisis, exacerbated by the sanctions against the Taliban regime and the withdrawal of most foreign aid. Yet western countries, including the Netherlands, will not commit to additional financial support if it cannot be ruled out that the Taliban would benefit from it in any way.
Inclusive business models are increasingly called upon as a solution to the multiplex challenges of poverty and inequality while at the same time providing companies opportunities for profitability. However, a review of the literature shows that the development impact of inclusive business models is often uncertain and that it is important both for inclusive business partners and donors to track this impact carefully to ensure the benefit of inclusive business for low-income communities.
Last year Prisma and four of its members – Dorcas, Tearfund, Woord en Daad and World Vision – initiated a new research project into the role and added value of faith-based actors in sustainable development. As an independent knowledge brokering organisation, The Broker was commissioned to carry out the research in a quest to bring to light the most important opportunities and barriers for collaborations between secular and faith-based actors. On the 10th of March we hosted an online workshop, marking the end of the first phase of this project. This article presents the most important take-aways and questions of the workshop, focusing particularly on the fruitful dialogues in the breakout sessions.
This article examines the internship systems in the U.S. and the Netherlands, reflecting on what can the experiences of global North interns teach us about how to roll out successful internship programmes in the global South.
Is the Dutch Polder Model still fit for purpose? In this article Somaye Dehban, researcher and nexus strategist, sheds her light on the Polder Model, revisiting its history and discussing why and how it can be replaced.
Following elections in March 2021, the Netherlands is still awaiting the formation of a new government. This article takes a closer look at recent trends in Dutch development cooperation policy and the choices that lie ahead to strengthen its relevance and effectiveness.
What are the most pressing development issues and how can development organisations create dynamic and adaptive pathways that withstand future uncertainties? These questions lie at
The fifth session in a series on the decolonisation of aid: So much has been discussed up to this point; so many valuable insights, arguments
Over the past years, the ideal of a true decolonisation of aid has been given increasing attention throughout and beyond the humanitarian and development sectors.
Rabobank, the Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) organised an online event on soil health as a foundation to sustainable food systems. This article presents the key messages from the session.
Prof. Dirk-Jan Koch has been working with a team on a multi-year research programme, which looks into the possible side effects of international development work. After 4 years of research, they have published a checklist that presents the 10 most common side effects of international development interventions.
The fault is not in our stars: Gender-bias in the European Troika’s policy design and implementation
What can a gender analysis teach us about the nature of Troika’s economic adjustment programs (EAPs) in Greece? Most importantly, the Troika has been found
The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing