As a body of 28 member states and with a combined GDP of close to US$20tn, greater than that of the US, the actions of the European Union (EU) have the potential to impact heavily – either negatively or positively – on international development cooperation.
The famine in Somalia 2011–2012 is a call for critical reflection and improvement. To summarize the main conclusions, while the emergence of a food security crisis in the Greater Horn of Africa in 2011 was well predicted, inadequate measures were taken to prevent, mitigate and respond to...
Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world currently facing both widespread chronic food insecurity and threats of famine. Why is this so and what can be done?
This issue of the Bulletin forms one of the first attempts to ask how relevant is the new writing on social exclusion that has been largely in and about the North, to the large body of work on poverty and poverty reduction in the South.
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The debate on 'social exclusion' has mostly taken place in developed countries, but closely mirrors the debate on 'poverty' in developing countries: both stress the problem of multiple deprivation, the psycho-social factors, and the importance of agency and participation in the widest sense.
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Despite current ideological and philosophical objections to planning, it survives in new forms, generating Policy Framework Papers, Poverty Assessments and Food Security Strategies.
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The future of European aid is being hotly debated. This paper presents the results of a major evaluation of EU aid to Ethiopia over the period from 1976 to 1994. It concludes that the effectiveness of aid has varied. Some, perhaps most, 'worked', but some did not - for reasons partly internal to...
The basic idea of linking relief and development is simple and sensible. But what is involved in practice and what are the barriers preventing it? This IDS Bulletin presents a collection of articles on the issues involved, a number of case studies, and perspectives from several leading...