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Politics

Governance

Interview: Participatory Budgeting

When citizens decide on the communal budget

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Global Governance: Rationale – Hurdles – Perspectives

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Indigenous People, Native Communities

Preservation of the land is a prerequisite for survival in native communities.

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"A New Generation is Emerging"

Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD talks about the possibilities to strategically design Africa’s future and the role agriculture will play in a transformation.

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The Hashtag Protest

Ever since the Arab Spring, social media has been praised as a means for civic engagement. Despite its positive impact, restrictions remain.

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The Vibrant Sciences of Biodiversity

We talked with Vandana Shiva about her origins, current developments in Indian and global agriculture and the future of farming.

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Voices for Peace

You have gotten know these modern day heroes in our articles. Now they have met in Germany to support each other in their fight for peace. Join them!

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Land, Protest and Tenure Security

Monopolization of land ownership is driving up poverty and vulnerability in Brazil's rural areas. On the governance of tenure.

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Society

Africa’s Young Population: Will it Help Africa Take Off?

Will high birth rates make Africa’s economies rise?

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Shopping Against Capitalism

Revolutions smash capitalism – not. Instead consumer’s disobedience will, says this intriguing short story. (Maybe.)

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Urban Anthologies: Learning From Our Cities

Cities have never prospered as much as they have over the past couple of decades.

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The Best Athletes Can Become Cultural Icons

How the best Athletes can become cultural Icons

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The Real Utopia

By definition a utopia is a place that does not exist. Around the world though, activists are working to stop the destruction of our planet: Meet the degrowth movement.

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Interview: "The Games Alone Are Not Enough"

Is Sport political?

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Book Review: Expulsions

In her latest book “Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy”, Saskia Sassen presents a serious critique of economic restructuring.

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Internal Migration and Urbanization in Bangladesh

Internal migration is a driving force behind Bangladesh's economic growth but it has ambiguous consequences on the social level.

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Security & Conflict

Ecosystem Stewardship - Key to Avoiding Conflict Over Resource Scarcity

The crux of resources scarcity

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Iran - NuclearConflict: Prejudices, Myths and Facts

Is Iran really a threat?

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Coffee Instead of Coca

In Peru many farmers grow Coca to generate an income. After facing ruin when her crops were destroyed, Moly Checya has found a better alternative.

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Leaks and WikiLeaks: Impact on Human Rights

What has been the impact of WikiLeaks on human rights?

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Facts or Rumors?

Social media plays a huge role in African conflict zones. It offers ways for evading media restrictions, but also bears dangers inherent in its use.

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On the Mobility of Roma

Roma are often pictured as a homogenous group, exceptionally willing to travel. Research disproves this image.

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NATO's Neverending Challenge: Securing Peace

NATO has to adopt to be able to rise to current security problems

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Cyberwar: More Dangerous than Terrorism

How much of a threat really emanates from cyberspace? And does soft power have the reach to control it?

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Transparency

Transparency in Microfinance

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A New Information Paradigm for International Development: Open Data

Open data is not a niche topic for technology enthusiasts.

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More Top-Down Participation, Please!

Wouldn’t it be true empowerment though if the right of citizens to speak their minds were directly integrated into political and administrative decision-making processes?

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It's Just a Fad!

Why most of the arguments against open data are short-sighted.

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Can’t We do Something to Be More Useful?

Feedback loops: how citizen engagement can improve aid

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Who Uses Microfinance

The microfinance customer: low income and rural

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The People’s Victory

The recent elections in Myanmar led to a victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) over the military - an outcome of an open access to information.

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Open Contracting: Walking the Talk

The quest for transparency, accountability, and meaningful public participation in governance continues to inspire the development of mechanisms that give life to these values.

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Development Cooperation

Debt and Deprivation

The Syrians finding refuge in Lebanon’s capital Beirut impact the city’s social fabric and economy. UNHCR fights for a better life for everyone.

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Developing New Models

About Partnership between Multinational Enterprises and International Non-Govermental Organisations

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Cyberconflict and Hacktivism in a Contemporary Context

Cyberconflict, the role of networks and communication technology in future warfares.

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The Emergence of New Donors

South-South cooperation thrives, but efforts remain fragmented. International institutions need to adjust to the reality of a new distribution of power.

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Global Governance: Rationale – Hurdles – Perspectives

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Introduction: Development Cooperation

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China’s Foreign Aid – Interests, Strategies and Instruments

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“The Narrative of Development has Changed”

OECD Development Centre Director Mario Pezzini analyses recent trends in development cooperation and the challenges for Africa’s agriculture.

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