Category Archives: Conference Reporting

A discipline in search of boundaries – Report from The Broker

Development Studies is no longer solely about studying the poor in underdeveloped countries, but about analysing the development perspectives of socioeconomically, culturally and politically marginalized people in both low- and middle-income countries. The focus has shifted towards analysing the unequal distribution of global public goods, and the disproportional impact that environmental degradation and climate change are having on the most vulnerable groups. Continue reading

Transnational Corporations and Development

By Magdolna Sass

In the session organised by the Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Development, four papers were presented, which all underlined the multifaceted nature of the role transnational corporations may play from a development point of view and the need for further research going down to the level of individual country and/or company cases. Continue reading

Evaluating Aid Policies and Specific Initiatives. Applications at macro-, meso- and micro-levels of analysis

By Laura Fantini, Sarah Hassan

The Working Group on Evaluation and Development held two sessions titled Evaluating Aid Policies and Specific Initiatives. Applications at macro-, meso- and micro-levels of analysis”. Both sessions have a twofold aim: to stimulate a debate around innovative approaches to strategic evaluation and to facilitate a rethinking about what such an evaluation should be.

The debate took into account the changing international context and the evolving development policies and mechanisms of development assistance, focusing the attention on the evaluation of complex programs, policies, and specific initiatives, and on cross-cutting issues (such as environmental sustainability, climate change, and good governance).

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University Cooperations as Platforms for Sustainable Economic Development of the Private Business Sector in Sub-Sahara Africa

By Igor Dobrosavljevic

The session has started with a short introduction of the panelists and their respective backgrounds. Each of the panelists started elaborating his/her concluding statements, which has produced a fruitful discussion after each presentation, and at the end of the panel. Continue reading