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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…

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.

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The magazine features contributions from our network of experts. Contact us if you are interested in contributing.

Doing what matters: Placing Wellbeing Economics at the heart of the Dutch Africa Strategy

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.

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Climate Justice requires a dramatic increase in climate finance for the Global South

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.

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Tough Sanctions against Taliban Undermine Right to Food

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.

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Who profits from inclusive business models?

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.

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In conversation: Working with faith-based actors for development

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.

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Dutch Development Cooperation: 2022 and beyond

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.

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A blind-spot mirror for evaluators

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.

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Emerged Powers

Archived dossier Here you find an overview of publications on developments in countries like Brazil, China, India, Turkey and South Africa. The core of the

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Future Calling

Archive page This dossier and the debate closed in 2012 – The Broker welcomes expert opinions on the topic, but is no longer actively following

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Sahel Watch

The Broker has expanded the Sahel Watch dossier into the Sahel Watch programme; in line with the previously renewed focus on three main programmes; 1)

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