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Time to ignite the power of translocal social movements

18. September 2018 - 15:06

Countless social movements are currently simmering below the radar. They are locally rooted and globally connected in translocal networks, creating new practices and ideas for tackling economic, ecological and social challenges. However, they merely flicker in the shadows if they fail to address existing power structures. In this blog, I provide some ways to harvest the full potential of translocal social movements to challenge existing economic and political systems.

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Changing of the guard? The rise of spatial data for reporting on the SDGs in the Global South

14. August 2018 - 16:54

Three years after drafting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first steps of progress towards meeting them can be assessed. However, high quality data to report on the SDGs is often lacking, especially for those countries furthest behind in the Global South. The use of ‘new’ spatial data sources has the potential to allay this problem.

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Avocado consumption in Europe: from ‘green gold’ to SDG turmoil

8. August 2018 - 17:45

For me and most Europeans, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those relating to food and water, often seem like some distant issue concerning only people in developing countries. Consequently, we are tempted to ignore that our behaviour as consumers actually contributes to constraints on resources – behaviour that makes the SDGs necessary in the first place. Many examples can be used to support this notion, even something as basic as food.

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Should and can development cooperation reduce labour migration?

9. Juli 2018 - 15:14

When asked about solutions to the ‘refugee crisis’, politicians often refer to fighting the root causes of labour migration by improving living conditions in migrant regions of origin through development cooperation. However, the topic is highly controversial. Some people question whether development cooperation might be misused for preventing migration and others doubt whether it can actually prevent migration.

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Annual report 2017 published: changing place, changing future?

2. Juli 2018 - 17:17

Around the close of 2017, quite a few changes were made at The Broker—changes that left us feeling hopeful about our future. Our choices in 2017, our results in 2017 and our hopes for the future have now been published in our 2017 annual report.

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The Broker and GDPR: our privacy statement

2. Juli 2018 - 12:10

They were impossible to miss last month—e-mails about privacy regulations. People who are subscribed to digital newsletters were especially blown away by a huge amount of confirmation requests. At The Broker, the question of whether we comply with the new European privacy rules labelled ‘GDPR’ was also raised. After all, connecting people and organizations with each other is part of our core business, and consequently, organizing these people’s data is too.

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