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For an alternative post-2015 development strategy

Part I: Welfare colonialism or development?

The UN project of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN Summit in 2000 is to expire in 2015. Discussions on a new international post-2015 development approach have started and are pursued in New York, Geneva, and Brussels, and in many capitals all over the world by international organizations, governments and civil society. This is a personal contribution by Jean Feyder.


The economic and financial crisis that broke out in 2008 has been accompanied by a profound social crisis. It continues to affect most of our economies and societies and it is widening a systemic crisis already signalled by the energy crisis, climatic change and an ongoing food crisis marked by a high price volatility and aggravated by land grabbing, agro-fuels and financial speculation on food products ...

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Questioning the concept of development
The structural weakness of the MDG project
An active role for the State in development
A key challenge: Developing productive capacity

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Jean Feyder has been Ambassador of Luxembourg in Geneva and served in 2009/10 as President of the Trade & Development Board of UNCTAD. He is a member of ASTM (Association Solidarité Tiers Monde), Luxembourg, and SOS-Faim, Belgium/Luxembourg.

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