Development aid reached a new peak of 142.6 billion USD, according to recent data from the OECD. In a study recently published in the journal Science Advances researchers Steven Lade, Jamila Haider and Maja Schlüter at Stockholm Resilence Centre together with Gustav Engström from partnering institution Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics call into question a cornerstone of development aid: the “poverty trap” and its “Big Push” solution.

“If poverty in an area is causing environmental degradation then maybe a big push will work. But if the land has been managed sustainably for generations then development agencies need an approach that takes that knowledge into consideration", co-author Jamila Haider says.

For more about breaking the cycle of poverty and the article in Science Advances, see Stockholm Resilence Centre.