Development and Socio-Economic Policies
In the policy world, there is a hard to overcome, but increasingly obsolete distinction between rich countries and the developing world. This distinction has led to bifurcations in policy and academic research. An example is the breach between studying international means to fighting poverty and inequality and domestic means to fighting poverty and inequality. At the Brandt School we question the logic of ‘them and us’ and aim at combining perspectives, looking for coherence and incoherence between the domestic and international level.
As an example, we look at how national social policy links up with giving international development aid. Trade-offs in poverty-oriented aid inhibit its effectiveness. We identify ways how to overcome them (read more here and here). Similar, we look at how aid and domestic social policies deal with new and growing spatial inequalities in countries such as Myanmar (find out more here and here).