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Collaboration for radical change in public services and international development

Rooting new kinds of public service in new kinds of relationships

Creative leadership through tough times

As the gap between resource supply and service demand widens, Brendan Martin reflects on what makes good leadership

WHOSE BIASES COUNT? Steve Commins on the new World Development Report

How do social norms and mental models shape individual and collection action, and what does that mean for policy and practice?

Are private investors the best people to decide development priorities in poor countries?

Development Impact Bonds were supposed to be the next big thing. But do they give power to the right people?

Death on the roads is an epidemic: better jobs for transport workers is part of the cure.

As long as working people are seen as a cost to development rather than its agents there will be no holistic policy.

Will payment-by-results (PbR) scupper Development Impact Bonds?

Six months after the launch of the Development Impact Bonds idea there are still none in operation.

No such thing as ‘the German model’: principles are universal, but routes must vary.

Employee representation on company boards is a vital form of worker voice but the route to workplace democracy must vary.

Mobilising informal economy workers for urban resilience

Workers in the informal economy and slum dwellers can be active and organised contributors to raising the triple bottom line

Doing Business as usual? Not if the World Bank listens to Trevor Manuel

A review panel chaired by the South African planning minister is highly critical of the World Bank's Doing Business report

The B Team say they want to change the world. Great, but don’t let them rule it.

Equating people and profit makes no sense. Sustainability means deciding which is the master and which the servant.

Unions and the precariat: Guy Standing replies to Elizabeth Cotton

Unions must transform themselves radically to relate to the insecurities, needs and aspirations of those in the precariat.

Social enterprise working for democracy and humanitarian relief

Born out of political violence in Kenya, Nairobi-based social enterprise Ushahidi has developed its mapping work internationally

Why does the UN think young professionals should not be paid?

Shouldn't the United Nations be setting a good global example about justice for young workers? So why no pay for its "interns"?

The catastrophe of precarious work: Elizabeth Cotton challenges Guy Standing

The idea that the 'precariat' is a new class is an obstacle not only to understanding but also to organisation

London Underground at 150: the best and worst of public-private partnerships

The 150-year history of the world's first underground railway parallels that of the changing meaning of 'public service'.

How do labour markets adjust to economic crises?

The economic crisis has caused both job losses and wage reductions among both formally and informally employed workers

Sustainable Development Goals: is this the post-2015 agenda?

Jeff Sachs says global institutions should set goals that link economic, social and environmental sustainability. Is he right?

Quality Public Transport: key to urban sustainability

Ford led the private transport revolution in the 20th Century. Will it really lead a public transport revolution in the 21st?

Jobs, growth and the private sector: beware the false syllogism

Just because the private sector creates most jobs doesn't mean that if the private sector grows good jobs will follow.

The World Bank: facing both ways on labour market regulation

The 2013 Doing Business Report says less regulation means more jobs, contradicting the 2013 World Development Report!

How do power relations affect job creation?

Former World Bank staffer Steve Commins argues for more political economy analysis about winners and losers in job creation

Jobs and development: the World Bank’s new message

The World Bank published its 2013 World Development Report, on Jobs, on 1st October. Here we have our say and invite yours.