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This article first appeared on Wednesday 28 November in the Guardian’s (new) Global Development Professionals Network. Development policy: time to look beyond simply managing aid Powerful nations need to do more to reform the governance of the global institutions they dominate, says Owen Barder ‘The past fifty years have seen unprecedented progress on almost every dimension of human well-being.’ Photograph: Aijaz Rahi/AP Europe at the fin de siècle – the end of the 19th Century – is thought of today as an opulent, decadent and cynical end to la belle époque. This mood of fin de siècle is echoed in today’s development policies and aid agencies, similarly following a golden era for aid. Like the European elites of a century ago, the development policy community seems to be paralysed in the face of widely-anticipated (and largely desirable) change.
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Development policy at the fin de siècle