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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