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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Schraven, Benjamin / Stephen Adaawen / Christina Rademacher-Schulz / Nadine Segadlo (2019)
Human (im-)mobility in the context of climate change is major challenge for the African continent. This paper identifies some key trends in "climate migration" in Sub-Saharan Africa. Based on that, three basic policy recommendations are formulated.
Many governments are under pressure to mobilise revenues at home. More international cooperation is needed to support them. In particular, additional efforts are required to fight tax avoidance, tax evasion and harmful or ineffective tax expenditures.
Negre, Mario / José Cuesta / Ana Revenga / Prescott J. Morley (2019)
Conventional economic wisdom has long maintained that there is a necessary trade-off between pursuit of the efficiency of a system and any attempts to improve equity between participants within that system. Evidence from recent decades suggests,, however, that the trade-off itself is, in many cases,
Countries coming out of conflict often adopt new constitutions, but the question how this affects their chances of sustaining peace remains unanswered. This paper summarises new research showing that post-conflict constitution-making processes and especially longer ones can contribute to peace.
External democracy support accompanying democratisation after civil war can help to mitigate destabilising effects and make an important contribution to foster peace. Importantly, post-conflict democracy support does not trigger renewed violence.
The drifting-apart of societies has become a major concern in many regions. Economic factors such as income inequality are often assumed to aggravate these trends. This brief depicts what we actually know about the relation between economic factors and social cohesion and outlines policy implications.
A WTO framework for investment facilitation can contribute to sustainable development if it strengthens developing countries’ capacities, respects policy space, allows for longer implementation periods, enhances responsible business conduct and supports multi-stakeholder cooperation.
van der Weide, Roy / Ambar Narayan / Mario Negre (2019)
For large parts of the world’s population, individual education is still too closely tied to the education of one’s parents, more so for poorer than for to richer world regions. Countries at any stage of development can raise intergenerational mobility by investing more to equalise opportunities.
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.
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.