Briefing Paper (in German: Analysen und Stellungnahmen) are always four pages long and discuss ongoing and controversial issues in international relations. By including recommendations, the series primarily aims at policy makers, practitioners, and representatives of the (professional) media industry. Besides, the series is also open to everyone interested in developmental issues.
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Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo / Rutgerd Boelens (2014)
In this article, we challenge the idea of PES as a panacea for environmental degradation and poverty, if its drawbacks are not taken into consideration. This paper contributes to bridging the gap between PES rapid political mainstreaming and the lack of understanding regarding PES social impacts.
There is a possibility that the development ministers of the OECD will agree on a new definition of official development assistance (ODA) at the end of 2014. The debate about a suitable new ODA definition covers the entire spectrum of development policy topics involving structural change.
Klingebiel, Stephan / Pedro Morazán / Mario Negre (2014)
EU commitments on coordination in development cooperation and current mechanisms offer a mixed picture on benefits and costs of EU coordination. The EU’s efforts related to aid coordination are not always accompanied with similar improvements at the national level of member states.
Janus, Heiner / Stephan Klingebiel / Sebastian Paulo (2014)
Currently, it is not clear what will replace traditional aid. Observers often speak about a beyond aid future. As an umbrella term, beyond aid describes different aspects of the transformation of development cooperation.
Environmental indicators provide crucial information about the state of the environment. Yet, the availability and quality of data remain poor in a large number of countries. Integrating environmental goals and targets in the post-2015 agenda requires efforts for data gathering and processing.
At a time of global economic crisis, donor agencies are under increasing pressure to provide evidence of the positive results of their work. This paper analyses the limitations and risks of using standard indicators to report on aggregate outputs and outcomes of interventions at agency level.
Janus, Heiner / Stephan Klingebiel / Timo Casjen Mahn (2014)
The future shape of development cooperation as a policy field is under debate. In the context of the post-2015 agenda, the Busan "Global Partnership" and the UN's Development Cooperation Forum exhibit significant overlap.What platform will be seen as legitimate, effective and relevant?
The paper analyses the position of China in the UN process for a post-2015 global development agenda and formulates policy recommendations for the Chinese leadership which would enhance the country’s contributions to the developing world and the provision of global public goods.
Brandi, Clara / Birgit Schmitz / Caroline Hambloch (2014)
Trade finance is the backbone of international trade. There is currently intense debate regarding the extent to which international banking regulation, and especially the reform package Basel III, could inhibit trade finance and therefore undermine international trade flows.
For normative and empirical reasons, political conditionality in European foreign aid will remain high on the agenda. To make conditionality effective, however, donors need to overcome several challenges. Particularly, they need to advance the process towards a common foreign and development policy.