Inequality is suddenly a hot topic in development land. Should or shouldn’t it be part of the post-2015 development agenda? The Broker, a Netherlands-based independent platform and online magazine on globalization and development, has recently published a dossier on inequality, and hosts an online debate on the issue.
I have submitted a post questioning the lack of reflection on the political aspects of inequality. In a broader sense the topic of giving politics a much more prominent place in development analyses is a bit of a hobby horse. My submission to an earlier Broker debate on capacity development also argues for that. It seems so obvious, power is at the heart of it all, but apparently very difficult to explicitly integrate in development reflections. Should we be suspicious?
Let me end with an fun example of making a political analysis, not from the development sector, but as the US scores pretty dismal on some of the traditional development indicators, that doesn’t matter so much.