Blog / International Development

Global food crisis proves we are fussy eaters

The food industry plays a big part in our planet’s future. Photo by Kate Holt/AusAID via Wikimedia Commons

The topic of world hunger is another entry in the long list of problems we are currently facing. Tackling it has been a priority for many governments and global organisations for a long time, yet we are …

Old men of Portugal by Curtis Foreman (Flikr Commons)
Blog / International Development

What to do about the “old bulge”

Old men of Portugal by Curtis Foreman (Flikr Commons)

This article will outline what the “old bulge” means and suggests some ways in which the challenges it presents can be dealt with by giving old people independence and allowing them to contribute to society.

The “old bulge”

Due to falling fertility rates and higher survival of …

Asia / Blog

The EU’s role as a partner for peace in Mindanao

Peace activists demand resumption of Peace – Morohistorywatch via Wikimedia Commons

The Mindanao Conflict is classified as a part of a group of distant forgotten conflicts hardly ever gaining coverage in Western media over the past decades. It is one of the oldest conflicts with its roots dating back to the early 16th century. The …

School children in Colombia
Blog / International Development

SDGs: Hunger, Health and Education

School children in Florida (Valle), in Colombia – Ministerio de Educación via Wikimedia Commons

As mentioned in the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda released on June 1st, the SDGs and the targets have to be considered integrated and indivisible, global in nature …

Africa / Blog

International Relations dialogue and Sub-Saharan Africa: why the silence?

Education. Photo Source: Javier Corbo via Flickr Creative Commons.

A search on Google Scholar using the search term ‘Middle East’ returns 3.5 million results; ‘North Africa’ 2.9 million; ‘Europe’ 4.7 million. In contrast, a search for ‘Sub-Saharan Africa’ returns just 660,000, posing an important question for international relations scholars: why is there such …

European development days
Blog / Europe

Could the EU do more for international development?

Annual European development day – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland – via Flickr creative commons

In the last fifteen years the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have helped to raise hundreds of millions out of poverty. As the world’s biggest donor to overseas aid, the European Union has played a huge …

Asia / Blog

The Plight of the Rohingya: The World’s ‘Most Persecuted Minority’

Displaced Rohingya in Rakhine state, via Wikimedia Commons.

Myanmar’s Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, yet their suffering has long been ignored in Southeast Asia.  An estimated 1.3 million Rohingya, who are mostly Muslim, live in the Northwest state of Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest areas – tens of thousands are trapped …

African children, ludi via Wikimedia commons
Africa / Blog

Africa: Its distorted image in the West

African children, ludi via Wikimedia commons

Many people tend to associate Africa either with images of war, conflict and poverty or with a beautiful landscape and an exotic wildlife. The part that lies between these two angles seems mainly to be forgotten: namely the ordinary life. As a result, it gives rise to the impression …

Blog / International Law

Is EU Aid in Palestine a Violation of International Law?

Jerusalem – Cycling Man via Flickr


In March 2015 Israel demolished 200 EU aid funded shelters in East Jerusalem, predominantly housing those from the Bedouin community. These shelters are built as a result of one of many EU humanitarian aid projects, funded by member states, designed for the benefit of victims of natural disasters or …

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