Sharing Global Responsibility

European development scholars and their guests from developing and emerging-market countries will discuss this year’s topic, “Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: In­equality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes”, at the EADI conference in Bonn. The intent is not to add new goals to the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda. Instead, experts from the field of development studies will consider how the post-2015 agenda can best be implemented in the coming decades. Recon­ciling development and environmental goals is a central concern.

Whether these goals can be achieved depends in large part on the middle class. The rising middle classes in newly-industrialising countries want to imitate the energy-intensive lifestyles of consumers in “old” industrialised countries. This desire is perfectly understandable and legitimate. But the increasing prosperity of several hundred of millions of Chinese, Indians, Indonesians, Brazilians, Mexicans and others creates new challenges both for development policy and global en­vironmental policy. Read more at

Article in Development and Cooperation (04/04/2014 – by Jürgen Wiemann)