Increasing inequalities: A danger as serious as the climate
Interview

Increasing inequalities: A danger as serious as the climate

Economist Kaushik Basu is concerned about the increasing inequalities observed all over the world. Challenging the invisible hand theory, he is convinced that this issue cannot be left to the market alone and that the State has a key role to play.
Kaushik Basu
Official Development Assistance in France: in search of national consensus
Opinion

Official Development Assistance in France: in search of national consensus

While public development policies have been evolving positively for about fifteen years in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States, what are the factors behind the relative decline of official development assistance in France?
Henry de Cazotte
Digital technology and development: new tools for NGOs and donors
Interview

Digital technology and development: new tools for NGOs and donors

Thierry Barbaut is an expert in digital strategy, communication and new technologies. At the Micro-Projects Agency, a program of the NGO La Guilde, he focuses on the link between digital technology and development.
Thierry Barbaut
Development of Africa: the perspective of the German cooperation
Interview

Development of Africa: the perspective of the German cooperation

Germany plays a key role in the development of Africa, to which it dedicates over 50% of its bilateral financing. In the context of its G20 presidency, it has launched “Compact for Africa”, an ambitious initiative for the continent.
Jürgen Zattler
Youth, a forgotten driving force of sustainable development?
Development news

Youth, a forgotten driving force of sustainable development?

Many recent initiatives show that the Sustainable Development Goals won’t be met without the participation of the youth. But how could they participate, when so many young people across the world don’t have access to health, education or employment?
ID4D editorial staff
Microfinance: for a more realistic and risk-based supervision
Interview

Microfinance: for a more realistic and risk-based supervision

To adapt to the advent of new players in the field of financial inclusion (limited companies, mobile phone operators…), regulators have had to change their approach to the legislation and supervision of microfinance.
Laurent Lhériau
TDB Group: “Financing Africa’s future with a collective, not national approach”
Interview

TDB Group: “Financing Africa’s future with a collective, not national approach”

The mandate of the TDB Group is to support regional trade and finance infrastructure projects in Africa. Founded in 1985, this development bank now works in 20 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa.
Admassu Tadesse
Intra-country inequalities: what reforms for a more inclusive growth?
Interview

Intra-country inequalities: what reforms for a more inclusive growth?

In developing countries, growth only benefits a very small proportion of the population. These intra-country inequalities undermine the political, social and economic balances. How to make this growth more inclusive?
Mario Pezzini
Universal access to the internet: what role for tech giants?
Development news

Universal access to the internet: what role for tech giants?

Facebook and Google are eager promoters of universal access to the internet. Each of them is devising new ways to close the digital divide. Doing so, they position themselves as development players. But these new ambitions are raising concerns.
ID4D editorial staff
Is the economy of Sub-Saharan Africa still on the rise?
Opinion

Is the economy of Sub-Saharan Africa still on the rise?

The economy of Sub-Saharan Africa is going through an important slowdown, with oil-exportating countries facing particularly difficult times. However, the region still holds huge growth potential.
Roger Nord
Insurance in Africa, a driver of economic development?
Opinion

Insurance in Africa, a driver of economic development?

To realize the full economic development potential of insurance in Africa, insurers need to adapt their products and distribution channels to the specific features of local markets.
Amélie de Montchalin, Garance Wattez-Richard
Common goods: rethinking the contribution of companies to public interest
Interview

Common goods: rethinking the contribution of companies to public interest

According to Jean-Michel Séverino, former CEO of the Agence française de développement, the concept of common goods sheds new light on the contribution of companies to public interest, far from a binary vision of the world.
Jean-Michel Severino
Digital payments: a growth and development driver?
Interview

Digital payments: a growth and development driver?

The Better Than Cash Alliance, a global coalition housed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund, promotes broader access to the banking system and digital payments, to support the economic growth of the developing world.
Tidhar Wald
The management of common goods in ancient Pacific societies
Interview

The management of common goods in ancient Pacific societies

According to Christophe Sand, the New Caledonia-born Director of the Institute of Archeology of New Caledonia and the Pacific, valuable lessons can be learned from the ancient Pacific societies for the management of common goods.
Christophe Sand
Ateliers de la pensée: “Thinking Workshops” to debate the future of Africa
Interview

Ateliers de la pensée: “Thinking Workshops” to debate the future of Africa

Cameroonian historian and political scientist Achille Mbembe talks about the Ateliers de la pensée. These “Thinking Workshops” were co-organized with Senegalese economist and writer Felwine Sarr and dedicated to debating the future of Africa.
Achille Mbembe
Understanding the specificity of commons management systems
Interview

Understanding the specificity of commons management systems

Anthropology professor Eduardo S. Brondizio calls for a reflection on the nature and specificity of commons management systems. Using the concept of “new commons”, he highlights the need for new types of partnerships.
Eduardo S. Brondizio
The commons, a key concept for the future of development
Interview

The commons, a key concept for the future of development

Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist at Agence Française de Développement (AFD), is convinced that the concept of the commons is now essential in addressing the challenges of climate change and thinking the future of development.
Gaël Giraud
Development in Africa: “We need to review the entire terminology”
Interview

Development in Africa: “We need to review the entire terminology”

Senegalese economist and writer Felwine Sarr, the author of Afrotopia, advocates for a new approach to what is called the “development” of Africa, and for a new outlook on African economies.
Felwine Sarr
Microprojects can give rise to larger-scale programs
Interview

Microprojects can give rise to larger-scale programs

Cécile Vilnet, coordinator of the Micro Projects Agency, explains what are the microprojects and how these local projects can simply and durably improve the qualité of life of the poorest populations.
Cécile Vilnet
Social protection: Universal & poverty targeting approaches are not in contradiction
Opinion

Social protection: Universal & poverty targeting approaches are not in contradiction

Rapid expansion of social protection around the world provokes a renewed debate around targeting versus universalism. The recent blog by Stephen Kidd, is calling into question poverty targeting, or determining eligibility to a benefit based on means test. Today’s debate is not about the principle...
Ruslan Yemtsov
“Innovation is the answer to many development problems”
Interview

“Innovation is the answer to many development problems”

Philippe Aghion, a renowned French economist, sheds light on the concept of growth and the innovation capacity of BRICS and African countries.
Philippe Aghion
“Strong demand from people for access to broadband Internet”
Interview

“Strong demand from people for access to broadband Internet”

In Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, over three users in four still have to go to Internet cafés to surf, with services that are slow and expensive. Yet new technologies have brought about pioneering progress in Africa, including for electronic purses, which allow financial transactions to be...
Cina Lawson
“Industrial property must not remain the privy of the Northern countries”
Interview

“Industrial property must not remain the privy of the Northern countries”

The respect of intellectual property promotes both technology transfers and local innovation – and, eventually, sustainable development. These are the findings of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), in a study “IP and Sustainable Development”, published at the time of the Paris...
Charlotte Beaumatin
“The imbalances in the energy sector show that the global economy has run out of steam”
Interview

“The imbalances in the energy sector show that the global economy has run out of steam”

The fall in the price of oil affects all countries which export and import this energy source. Analysis of these impacts with Olivier Rech, Head of Energy-Climate Research at Beyond Ratings.
Olivier Rech

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