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A Word of Welcome

By Isa Baud, EADI President

The theme of the EADI conference is Responsible development in a polycentric world, with a specific focus on the emerging middle classes. This theme reflects several central shifts in development processes and thinking which are quite strategic for the future. 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. It is also reflected in the aid architecture, in which ”new donors” are taking a more prominent role in providing ODA to countries. Continue reading

Responsible Development in a Polycentric World


By Jürgen Wiemann , EADI Vice President and Chair of the Organising Committee

The United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda sets the ambitious goal of eradicating absolute poverty by 2030 within the limits of the global ecosystem. EADI’s 2014 General Conference will take a closer look at the dynamics of the global system in order to identify tangible ways for the international community to bring together its development and environmental goals. Whether these goals can be achieved depends in large part on the middle classes. The rising middle classes in emerging economies want to imitate the energy-intensive lifestyles of consumers in ”old“ industrialised countries. This desire is perfectly understandable and indeed those rising “middle classes” may not yet be fully secure from poverty nor necessarily leading “middle class” lifestyles in the OECD sense of consumption. Nonetheless, the increasing prosperity of several hundred million Chinese, Indians, Indonesians, Brazilians, Mexicans and others creates new challenges both for development policy and global environmental policy.  Continue reading

Background Paper on “The Political and Social Implications of the ‘New Middle Classes’ in Developing Countries”

Borge Wietzke and Andy Sumner researched the drastic expansion of the new middle classes in middle-income developing countries.

Reviewing the existing models of political and social transition, their work is preparing all conference participants for the various discussions at the 14th EADI General Conference. Please download the full paper.

Now online: Extended Conference Programme

The extended conference programme – including an overview with all sessions, the various authors and all presentations – can now be downloaded from this website.

Please check this document to find out when you will present your paper! Another version which includes the abstracts of all papers, too, will be published shortly.

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)