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David Sogge

David Sogge  works as an independent researcher based in Amsterdam, where he is affiliated with the Transnational Institute. Formally educated at Harvard, Princeton and the Institute of Social Studies, he has worked since 1970 in the foreign aid industry. He has published books and articles about that industry, as well as about politically fragile places in Africa. He is currently carrying out research on behalf of NOREF on inequality and fair distribution.

Research areas:  Peace processes and mediation , Global trends

Publications

Engaged societies, responsive states: The Social Contract in situations of conflict and fragility
Social Contract_Pulpolux (CC BY-NC 2.0) Marco Mezzera , David Sogge , Sarah Lister 27 April 2016
The social contract is the process by which everyone in a political community, either explicitly or tacitly, consents to state authority, thereby limiting some of her or his freedoms, in exchange for the state’s protection of their universal human rights and security and for the adequate provision of public goods and services. more  
Inequalities and organised violence
Zapatistas by nathangibbs with cc license from Flickr David Sogge 28 August 2013
According to recent research, Western policies on fragility and peacebuilding pay little attention to the “root causes” of destructive conflict. It is broadly evident that sociopolitical inequalities are among these root causes. Understanding how inequalities drive organised violence and are in turn driven by it can help inform policie... more  
Supranational governance: a challenge to building resilient states and peace
David Sogge 8 September 2011
In troubled areas, the vital work of building peace and resilient states continues to be undone by weak and distorted governance at the supranational level. Transnational flows of weapons, narcotics, people, hazardous goods and especially money decisively influence who gets what, when and how. Resulting maldistributions of power a... more  
“We want our money back”: illicit financial outflows and political fragility as failures of global governance
Money roll by zzzack in Flickr under CC license David Sogge 12 July 2011
The overthrow of dictators in Arab countries has lifted the veil masking the massive and routine looting of their countries’ assets by these dictators and their associates. Also exposed has been the collusion of Western banks and other firms in moving monies offshore, and in channelling monies to secrecy jurisdictions offshore and in s... more  
Africa. The Politics of Suffering and Smiling
publication David Sogge 5 August 2009
A provocative reflection on the perverse politics of today’s sub-Saharan Africa, this book will generate controversy among academics and policy makers. more  

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