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The Broker magazine features expert contributions at the forefront of international development debates. Our stories go beyond mainstream discussions, putting new or different developments into perspective.

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Street gangs and organized crime

The authorities in Central America usually refer to and label street gangs as ‘organized crime’. Although little is known about the criminal activities of gangs,…

Social Cohesion

Recognizing the rising expectations of growing middle classes in developing countries, the OECD’s report Perspectives on Global Development 2012 focused on social cohesion: “Social cohesion…

Indicators of peace

Violent conflict 1 Number of external and internal violent conflicts in 2000–05 2 Number of deaths from organized external conflict 3 Number of deaths from…

Intermediate variables explained

Inequality may have a direct influence on access to power, but more often it has an impact through intermediate variables.

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