Press Release – Responsible Development in a Polycentric World


Bonn, 12 June 2014

Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes

International Conference: 23 – 26 June 2014, Bonn, Germany

The end of the Millennium Development Goals and introduction of a new global development framework next year, takes place in a world where emerging economies experience unprecedented economic growth yet global challenges such as rising inequality and environmental concerns persist. These concerns raise questions for future development and environmental policies. The role of the middle classes as both development actors and citizens will be examined.

500 academics, practitioners and policy makers from different regions of the world will attend the four-day conference in Bonn – including top thinkers and key players in the field of development studies. The 14th General Conference hosted by the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) scheduled for 23 – 26 June 2014 at the Gustav Streseman Institute (GSI) in Bonn, will explore tangible approaches to harmonize both development and sustainable goals and creation of global goals that move away from the North-South divide.

The conference is a triennial event that has been organized by EADI and its partners for the last 40 years. It is also one of the largest European forums for academic exchange, reflection and debate.

“The focus on the polycentric world reflects a reality in which new development models are emerging from the initiatives of the BRICS countries; such as Brazil, which has shown the world that social policies can be introduced in middle-income countries with measureable effects on reducing inequalities in incomes, and improved outcomes in household livelihoods. Central shifts in development processes and thinking which are strategic for the future will be examined,” Professor Isa Baud, President of EADI and Professor at the University of Amsterdam said.

Other high-level speakers who will be present at the conference include Dr. Nancy Birdsall, Founding President of Center for Global Development, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General and former Executive Director of ESCAP and Professor Branko Milanovic of City University New York and will be opened by a keynote address from renowned development economist Dr. Andy Sumner, Co-Director of Kings College London. Working groups and panel sessions will also address other development related topics.

The EADI conference was made possible through generous funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn, Irish Aid (Department of Foreign Affairs) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) in Bonn is the leading professional network for development and regional studies in Europe. (


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Contact: Joan Okitoi, Project Assistant – Research and Communication (