Development aid

Aid, power and politics: the debate needs to go back to basics

Last week, the Elcano Royal Institute hosted a workshop on Aid, Power and Politics. Academics, analysts and practitioners from Argentina, Canada, France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States gathered to debate the fundamentals of global aid. For the last three decades, Development Studies have [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Lessons from the Paris Climate Summit: the inductive global governance

Beyond its specific results –the commitment to limit global warming, to lower global temperature this century to 2 degrees –or even 1.5– above the levels of the pre-industrial era and to make carbon energy a thing of the past–, the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) has given rise to a [...]

Global development leads to countries’ global presence

In just a few days, a new global development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be approved at a UN Summit to be held in New York. These targets are meant to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have shaped the international aid system for 15 years [...]

The cost of non-Europe in development policy

In early 2013, the European Parliament commissioned several studies on aid coordination; the starting point being that a ‘Non-Europe’ implies a cost –or different types of costs– for the Union as a whole. The Elcano Royal Institute has contributed to these studies with an analysis on the benefits and [...]

(One of) The World’s Next Problems

What does the following graph tell us? Well, quite a few things. First, that domestic inequalities have been rising (at least for the countries plotted) for a few decades now. So yes, maybe equity is another victim of the current crisis and income dispersion has increased faster in the [...]

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