With Donald’s Trump US election win, questions are being raised about what this means for global development especially due to his, often disputed, policies regarding immigration and economic growth . Professor David Hulme, Executive Director of the Global Development Institute, shares his thoughts: The development implications are profound especially if people like Trump pursue the […]
Why should rich nations help the poor? Because, morally, it is the right thing to do
800 million people went to bed hungry last night and 19,000 children will die today of easily preventable causes. Foreign aid alone isn’t the answer says David Hulme and the fixation with it means we miss more effective ways to promote development. Over the last few years, UK aid has acted as a lightning rod […]
At what point will we do something about inequality?
Oxfam’s annual inequality report reveals that the richest 1% now have as much wealth as the rest of the world combined. And the wealthiest 62 people on the planet have as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population. Professor David Hulme examines this extreme fiscal inequality and asks what can we do […]
The SDGs mark the end of development as poverty reduction
In the final part of our series on the Sustainable Development Goals which have just been agreed in New York, David Hulme analyses what it all means…. The UN has been setting goals to combat poverty for the last 50 or 60 years, but this gathered pace since 1990, following the end of the Cold […]
If we don’t get a strong climate deal, the Sustainable Development Goals are doomed
With the Sustainable Development Goals Conference starting in New York on Friday, David Hulme continues our series … The imminent announcement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is generating real debate amongst researchers, NGOs and academics about their level of ambition and the likelihood of success. Will they be business as usual for the […]
Are the Sustainable Development Goals the world’s biggest promise…. or the world’s biggest lie?
In New York the finishing touches are being made to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are due to replace the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Here David Hulme explores what they might mean. With 17 goals, 167 targets and perhaps more than 1,000 indicators those finishing touches remain a large task. The idea behind […]
Inequality: What is to be done?
Professor David Hulme tackles the problem of rising global inequality. Over the past few years there has been a wealth of research demonstrating the perils of inequality – both in the rich world and in developing countries. Studies have shown that increasing levels of inequality bring greater social problems and can act as a brake […]
Why all the doom and gloom when things are getting better?
David Hulme takes the media to task over the way it covers the developing world. Bangladesh makes the headlines with stories of factory fires, exploited garment workers, political violence, or bombings. Yet, Bangladesh has shown remarkable economic growth and achieved rapid social development – progress that is rarely reported. In many ways, the country is […]
Development in 2015
As we enter 2015, Professor David Hulme looks ahead to the next twelve months in international development as the Millennium Development Goals come to an end and plans take shape for the next phase. This year, 2015, will be an important year for ideas and policies about international development. It marks the completion of the […]
Today’s global poverty is down to the way we run the world
Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and also Blog Action Day 2014, with the theme of inequality. Professor David Hulme laments the fact that global poverty still continues to plague our world – despite previous headline-grabbing pledges by the richest nations. Today, as on all the previous days of the 21st century, […]