Africa: COVID-19 Exposes the Vulnerability of Urban Food Systems
Opinion

Africa: COVID-19 Exposes the Vulnerability of Urban Food Systems

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of people living in food insecurity in East Africa could increase from 14 million to 23 million. In addition to emergency measures, this crisis has highlighted the need to improve the resilience of food systems, especially in the worst-affected...
Alix Françoise, Chloé Pinty, Nicole Madariaga
New conflicts require better coordination among international actors
Opinion

New conflicts require better coordination among international actors

The new contemporary conflicts facing us are more difficult to resolve. The forms of action taken by international actors coming to the aid of the most fragile societies must be reviewed if we are to boost their impact.
Xavier Lhote
From beneficiaries to co-operants: overcoming conflicts of perception in the Sahel
Opinion

From beneficiaries to co-operants: overcoming conflicts of perception in the Sahel

Why try to reinvent the wheel in conflict zones, taking the viewpoint that these areas are frozen in time, when these communities can innovate and find solutions for themselves? Researcher Bakary Sambé (Timbuktu Institute) discusses this issue.
Bakary Sambe
COVID-19 is a war… But what kind?
Opinion

COVID-19 is a war… But what kind?

If “we are at war” against COVID-19, then what kind of war is it? In Bertrand Badie’s view, this war is unlike any we have seen before. Its outcome depends on the emergence of solidarity and global governance.
Bertrand Badie
United States: How do the Sustainable Development Goals Fit into the Democratic Primary?
Opinion

United States: How do the Sustainable Development Goals Fit into the Democratic Primary?

The primary for the nomination of the US Democratic presidential candidate offers an opportunity to take a look at the way the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are included in the main candidates’ policies. According to Marie-Cécile Naves, the candidates have mainly expressed their ambitions...
Marie-Cécile Naves
Turning the spotlight on crises forgotten by the media is a way of providing aid
Opinion

Turning the spotlight on crises forgotten by the media is a way of providing aid

A press article cannot equal food, drinking water or medical assistance when it comes to saving lives. But drawing attention to a crisis is also a way of providing humanitarian aid according to Philippe Lévêque from NGO Care France.
Philippe Lévêque
Complex wars require a change in approach
Opinion

Complex wars require a change in approach

According to Xavier Lhote, wars between States have given way to violence of social origin. Short-term humanitarian, political and military responses are no longer sufficient in resolving these crises: development stakeholders have an important long-term role to play.  
Xavier Lhote
Anti-terrorism laws must take humanitarian principles into account
Opinion

Anti-terrorism laws must take humanitarian principles into account

In their desire to protect themselves from the threat of terrorism, governments have adopted drastic measures that could hinder the work of humanitarian organizations. Pierre Micheletti, President of Action Contre la Faim, calls for the urgent revision of these rules
Pierre Micheletti
Solving the water-land-people equation in the Sahel
Opinion

Solving the water-land-people equation in the Sahel

Conflict analysis in the Sahel must begin with a simple water-land-people calculation, for geographer Christian Bouquet. More and more people are living with less and less water on shrinking areas of arable land.
Christian Bouquet
“Inequality is undermining the Sahel region”
Interview

“Inequality is undermining the Sahel region”

Following the latest Oxfam report on inequality in the Sahel, Cécile Duflot explains how inequality is worsening the multidimensional crisis affecting the region. According to her, this calls for a coordinated response involving various stakeholders.
Cécile Duflot
Safe and universal access to water and sanitation: a governance challenge
Opinion

Safe and universal access to water and sanitation: a governance challenge

For Julián Suárez Migliozzi, access to water and sanitation is not merely a funding and implementation issue: it is a governance issue. The global community must double its efforts to ensure this fundamental right.
Julián Suárez Migliozzi
“The majority of conflicts arise from problems of governance”
Interview

“The majority of conflicts arise from problems of governance”

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga considers that the challenges of governance and the establishment of States governed by the rule of law, as promoted by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, are a prerequisite for attaining all the other goals.
Parfait Onanga-Anyanga
Toward a science for sustainable development
Opinion

Toward a science for sustainable development

The first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) critical assessment report will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2019. One of its contributors, Jean-Paul Moatti, explains the three main messages it contains and how science can contribute to sustainable development.
Jean-Paul Moatti
To what extent do diasporas contribute to development?
Development news

To what extent do diasporas contribute to development?

Every year, the volume of funds sent by diasporas to low- and middle-income countries increases. Today, it represents over triple the amount of Official Development Assistance. But do these funds really contribute to development?
ID4D editorial staff
“Development is a factor in mobility and migration.”
Interview

“Development is a factor in mobility and migration.”

With tensions over the issue of migration running higher than ever, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden believes the solution does not lie in a security-oriented approach. Making it easier for people to move around would make development fairer for all.
Catherine Wihtol de Wenden
Reconstruction of Rwanda: “miracle” or mirage?
Development news

Reconstruction of Rwanda: “miracle” or mirage?

With its lasting peace and stable growth, Rwanda is the prodigal child of sub-Saharan African development. Yet 25 years ago, the country went through one of the worst genocides in world history. Is the “Rwandan miracle” a mirage?
ID4D editorial staff
Rapid population growth of the Sahel Region: A Major Challenge for the Next Generation
Opinion

Rapid population growth of the Sahel Region: A Major Challenge for the Next Generation

The demographic growth of the Sahelian region is unprecedented and transforms deeply the societies. This phenomenon must be understood rather than denounced. Explanations with Jean-Marc Pradelle, Sahel adviser at AFD.
Jean-Marc Pradelle
Corporate governance: how does it affect the value of a company?
Opinion

Corporate governance: how does it affect the value of a company?

Research has consistently shown that strong corporate governance positively affects firm value. This article gives a short introduction into the topic of corporate governance, briefly introduces some pivotal governance components and summarizes the most important research findings.
Georg Wernicke
When inequality accentuates rural migrations
Interview

When inequality accentuates rural migrations

While exodus affecting most of the rural Mediterranean territories is one of the development drivers, it can also affect the attractivity of these territories. Analysis of Yasmine Seghirate El Guerrab, coordinator of the publication Mediterra 2018.
Yasmine Seghirate El Guerrab
“Venezuelans are leaving because of hunger, instability and poverty.”
Interview

“Venezuelans are leaving because of hunger, instability and poverty.”

Tomás Páez, sociologist and professor at the Central University of Venezuela, is coordinator of the Venezuelan Diaspora Observatory. He gives us his analysis of the unprecedented migratory crisis which has been striking Venezuela for over two years.
Tomás Páez Bravo
Regional integration: How to measure the commitment of African States?
Opinion

Regional integration: How to measure the commitment of African States?

Regional integration is a key issue for Africa. It is a powerful driver for growth and development, with potential positive impacts on private investment, governance and intra- and extra-community trade.
Joël Cariolle, Audrey-Anne de Ubeda , Anne-Marie Geourjon
The use of research for development: Let’s test knowledge brokering
Opinion

The use of research for development: Let’s test knowledge brokering

In terms of interventions for development, stakeholders, researchers, decision-makers and funders do not interact sufficiently to promote the use of findings from research and evaluations. Knowledge brokering could be a solution.
Valéry Ridde
“In most cases, wars are not fought over water”
Interview

“In most cases, wars are not fought over water”

Management and sharing of waters are said to provoke conflicts in the world between States sharing the vital resource. A look on the concept of water conflicts with Stephen McCaffrey.
Stephen McCaffrey
China and its migrants: Fragile progress
Interview

China and its migrants: Fragile progress

China has some 300 million migrant workers whose living conditions are precarious. Chloé Froissart, Director of the Sino-French Research Center in Social Sciences at Tsinghua University (Beijing), analyses the legal and social situation of this population.
Chloé Froissart

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