development

  • Overfishing causing food insecurity in Senegal, and it’s all about China

    This isn’t a competition small-scale fishermen are going to win on their own. In a study by Frontier in Marine Society, researchers have found China catches more fish in a week than Senegal does in a year....
  • Digital humanitarianism: old logics, new networks

    Humanitarian aid is often at the centre of debates about efficiency, corruption and costly bureaucratic procedure. Digital technology seems to offer an alternative to centralised aid governance by allowing people to take direct initiative such as in the case of crowdfunding; participate in decentralised peer-to-peer systems allowed by blockchain...
  • Strength in numbers

    Data is a collection of facts (numbers, words, measurements, observations, etc).  If it is only readable by humans, it is known as “unstructured data” whilst if it only readable by machines, it is known as “structured data”. In their report, “Open Data Impact: When Demand and Supply Meet”, Stefaan...
  • What if we tackled poverty differently?

    What sort of a society would you like to live in if you knew nothing about where you would end up? Picture yourself in an aware state before your birth but without any knowledge about what circumstances you were going to be born into: which neighbourhood you will live...
  • 6 years of suffering

    As diplomacy is stalled, the humanitarian needs are huge. The death toll is approaching 500,000. 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 5.7 million are facing acute needs due to multiple risks to which they are exposed. Furthermore, half of the Syrian population has been...
  • Aid: the new frontier in the fight for justice

    For decades the West’s policy in fighting global poverty has been exemplified by Bob Geldof’s immortal words: “give us the money”. Millions of people heard this call from gigs around the world, organised to raise funds for an ongoing Ethiopian famine which had impregnated and planted itself in the...
  • The other debt

    The ecological footprint is a measure to calculate our impact on the environment and on Earth’s ecosystems. It calculates how much of the Earth’s surface is needed to provide the energy, water and other natural resources used to support our lifestyle. Ecological footprints vary depending on the country and...
  • Does aid for trade really work?

    Over the past two decades, the international community has increasingly considered economic growth as the magic bullet for poverty reduction. As part of this movement, Aid for Trade emerged in 2005 as the first global initiative to support developing countries to overcome the structural and capacity-based barriers preventing them...
  • The re-skilling revolution

    For technologically oriented generations, rural communities may seem disconnected from the big city, but they are crucial to sustaining the rapid growth of urban expanses globally. For example, the food produced on farms and in greenhouses nourishes millions of people that would otherwise have no resource to rely on....
  • Poverty, Inc.: The Business of Global Aid

    “The reason there will be no change is because the people who stand to lose from change have all the power. And the people who stand to gain from change have none of the power.” –Machiavelli Poverty, Inc. opens with this Machiavelli quote, a reference to the modern global...
  • More Data for Gender Equality: Who’S Going to Profit?

    “We can’t close the gender gap we all aspire to close, unless we close first the data gap.” With these words Melinda Gates announced at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen that the Gates Foundation is going to invest $80m in gender data “to accelerate progress for women and...
  • The State of Development in Papua New Guinea

    As a former economist at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Rosa Maria Alonso i Terme has participated in the elaboration, monitoring, and evaluation of development programs and projects, and has researched and written on development issues and trends for over 20 years. She has shared her...
  • Mother Earth?

    Africa has, for a long time, been plagued with unending challenges: a shrinking land base, effects of climate change, waste dumping, inadequate energy, loss of bio-diversity, illegal fishing, water scarcity, disease volatility and institutional challenges. As a way to address these shortcomings, the Organization of African Unity, now called...
  • Not-so-Fair Trade

    This March we find ourselves in Fairtrade Fortnight, that two week period when we are invited to reflect on our purchasing choices and to pay a little extra for our coffee, safe in the knowledge that the premium will go to help coffee producers in some far away country....
  • The Guilty Volunteer

    'Voluntouring' is not just ineffective, but can in fact be very harmful for the very people it is meant to help....