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About Stephen Browne

Stephen Browne has worked for different organisations of the United Nations development system, most recently as deputy executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva - the technical-assistance trade organisation of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). He is now director of - a project examining the United Nations development system (including its evolution, its gaps, its duplications) in order to seek improvements.

Stephen Browne’s books include Aid and Influence: Do Donors Help or Hinder? (Earthscan, 2006); (with Sam Laird); The International Trade Centre: Promoting an Export Culture (forthcoming, Routledge 2011); and The United Nations Development Programme and the UN Development System (forthcoming, Routledge, 2011)

Articles by Stephen Browne

This week’s front page editor

Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The world's progress: aims, tools, realities

A United Nations summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010 is measuring progress in the fulfilment of global commitments to improving human security by 2015 - the Millennium Development Goals. But the focus should be on the instruments of delivery as much as the objectives, says Stephen Browne.

The G20 summit: a transition moment

The global economic crisis is rooted in failures of governance in the rich world whose harshest effects fall on the poor. The remedy, says Stephen Browne, must be a rethinking of approaches to aid, trade, finance and the way multilateral institutions work. The London meeting on 2 April 2009 is the place to start.

The progress of trade: why Doha matters

The obstacles to a new world-trade deal must be overcome if developing countries are to achieve the equitable place in global markets that they deserve, says Stephen Browne.

A green wall? Kenya, organics, and “food miles”

The restriction of long-distance organic trade would damage African farmers while having minimal effects on the environment, argue Stephen Browne & Alexander Kasterine.

G8 aid: beyond the target trap

The framing of the global aid model embraced by governments, donor bodies and NGOs alike is flawed. It's time to recognise the fact and change the approach, says Stephen Browne.

Whatever happened to 'development'?

The impact of the pioneering north-south reports of the 1980s – Brandt, Palme, Brundtland – were intimately tied to the political context in which they appeared. Stephen Browne maps this relationship and asks whether development thinking can become an instrument of global change.
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