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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Scheumann, Waltina / Annabelle Houdret / Michael Brüntrup (2017)
Can public-private partnerships in irrigation improve food security in Africa? Our briefing paper argues that it is possible if partnerships go beyond irrigation, farmers are organized and supported, and governments secure stable conditions especially for land and water use and protect public goods.
Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo / Annabelle Houdret / Ines Dombrowsky (2017)
This policy brief analyses the challenges that Mongolia faces in the implementation of River Basin Management and provides suggestions on how to move its legal, financial and political implementation further.
The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) is a central part of the EU’s engagement in the area of migration policy. The paper reviews what the EUTF has achieved since it was established at the Valletta Summit in Malta in November 2015.
Recurring violence haunts many countries that have experienced a civil war. What types of international support do they receive and what are their chances to sustain peace? This briefing paper analyses new data on peacebuilding efforts in 29 countries that have experienced a civil war.
The EU's focus on cooperation with China, China's growing engagement with Africa, and African countries' climate commitments under the Paris Agreement open new opportunities for trilateral cooperation. This paper argues that initial cooperation could focus on supporting renewable energy development.
This Briefing Paper analyses the opportunities and challenges of applying results-based approaches in the agricultural sector. We review three pilot projects and apply the five rural worlds concept by the OECD to analyse targeting in the pilot programmes and interlinkages between population groups.
Merten, Jennifer / Alexander Röll / Surya Tarigan / Dirk Hölscher / Jonas Hein (2017)
Oil palm cultivation is expanding rapidly across the globe. Current discussions on ecological impacts focus on the destruction of forests, greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. Little attention has been paid to concerns that oil palm expansion has severe impacts on local water resources.
Green bonds have been hailed as a key instrument of climate finance. They have, however, also a number of challenges. In order to address them and realise the potential of green bonds to finance sustainable development, it will be crucial to design an appropriate governance framework.
Broad international consensus exists about the need to scale up financing for green investments. However, private green finance is still scarce due to a range of microeconomic challenges. For enhancing private green investment, a coordinated approach of all actors of the financial system is needed.
Private investments are important for countries to adapt to climate change. Yet how realistic is it to rely on the mobilisation of private investments in adaptation, in particular for less developed countries? This Policy Brief aims to answer this question in relation to Kenya