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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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Defining the middle class

From an economic perspective, the middle classes can be defined in two ways: in absolute terms, referring to a specific income level which is equal…

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

These indicators of the absence of violence or fear of violence are based on the Global Peace Index. This broad range of Indicators of Peace has first been selected with an expert panel in 2007 and provides for a way to measure peace.

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