Inclusive growth and rural development

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Explore our publications relating to inclusive growth and rural development including financial inclusion, equitable digital access, and rural development to benefit marginalised populations. This includes financing sustainable agribusiness, the transformation of food systems to enhance sustainability and understanding the Australian and international trade and market systems related to agriculture.

For more information about our research in this area, visit the Inclusive Growth and Rural Development Hub.

Griffith University is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to tackling global challenges around the following goals.

SDGs 1,2,5,10,12,13,14,15

Bridging the digital divide by enhancing effective digital finance usage among the poor | Part 1

RAHUL CHATTERJEE AND SHAWN HUNTER |  Rubina, a grocery shop owner in rural Munshiganj in Bangladesh, owns a basic feature phone. Her… Read More

Privatising Poverty Series Part 10:  Financial inclusion––the money pump of market-based development and poverty reduction

RON BEVACQUA  |  This blog series has traced the history of the idea that promoting entrepreneurship and innovation is the key to unlocking economic… Read More

Privatising Poverty Series Part 9:  The cult of the entrepreneur

RON BEVACQUA  |  The prioritisation of innovation, productivity, and growth over income and wealth distribution; technology as savior; government as partner rather than regulator of the private sector; market-based solutions to social and economic problems; and the overall emphasis on individual initiative over collective action––this economic vision did not come from the political right as is often assumed. Read More

Privatising Poverty Series Part 8:  New Democrats

RON BEVACQUA  |  Left-leaning neo-liberals rose to power just as new ideas about economic development and poverty reduction emerged. Old-style New Deal democrats… Read More

Privatising Poverty Series Part 7: The rise of left-leaning neo-liberalism

RON BEVACQUA  |  This blog began last year by marking the 50th anniversary of a new approach to economic development and poverty reduction. Read More

Exploring determinants of green finance in small island economies—case of Fiji

LATU SERA KAUKILAKEBA AND TARLOK SINGH | “Financial policymakers and regulators may not necessarily be involved in the… Read More

Privatising Poverty Series Part 6: Meet TINA (again)

RON BEVACQUA  |  As discussed in the fifth post in this series, right-leaning neo-liberalism is a political project dressed up as economic… Read More

Privatising Poverty Series Part 5: A uniquely appropriate caricature

Economy, Privatising poverty, Ron Bevacqua, Read More

Privatising Poverty Series Part 3: The anti-democratic aims of right-leaning neo-liberalism

RON BEVACQUA  |  The first post in this blog series noted that the ILO, USAID, and Word Bank began implementing programs that targeted… Read More

Privatising Poverty Series Part 2: Market-based development vs structural adjustment―same same, but different

RON BEVACQUA  |  Some comments on the first post in this blog series linked market-based development to the structural adjustment programs (SAPs) pursued… Read More


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