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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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Low wages and job insecurity as a destructive global standard

It is a political choice to allow the spread of insecure employment conditions, for example by deregulating the relationship between employers and employees. It is also a political choice to reverse this trend, but one that requires a broader understanding of the global economic context in which policy decisions have to be made. And this should be a concern for all, not only for the ‘losers’ of globalization. Increasing job insecurity and low wages have a negative impact on macroeconomic development and growth. (This is a discussion paper in preparation for the FNV Mondiaal conference on precarious work on 27 and 28 November 2014. Download the report as a PDF file.)

Asia’s rising rural wages

Rural wages are rising in Asia, and the strongest drivers are demographic changes and the growth of manufacturing. With few fanfares, something remarkable is happening in Asia. Rural wages are rising.

“Youth power”: cashing in on Africa’s demographic dividend

Integrated approaches to empower young African women and men to take their place in a modernized agricultural sector are needed throughout the continent.

A digital network for entrepreneurs across Africa

Innovative early stage ventures that potentially have a high social and environmental impact, but require less than €1 million in capital are the most difficult segment of the SME pipeline to reach. Yet their potential for growth is immense.

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