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Carlitz, Ruth / Sebastian Ziaja (2021)
Discussion Paper, 17/2021
Aid fragmentation is condemned for causing gridlock and worse - though recent studies suggest benefits. To reconcile mixed findings, we identify conditioning effects: (1) whether aid focuses on improving outcomes or processes and (2) whether fragmentation occurs at national or local level.
This paper shows how the United Nations (UN) has tried to mainstream support for South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC). It provides a scorecard of UN entities and identifies key factors that condition the heterogeneous and increasingly controversial trajectory of SSTC at the UN.
Domínguez, J. Carlos (2021)
Discussion Paper, 14/2021
The analysis interlinks long-term life trajectories of MGG network members with their experiences of the MGG Academy. It shows how individual identities intersect with a collective sense of belonging to the program and to the network.
Vidican Auktor, Georgeta / Markus Loewe (2021)
Discussion Paper, 12/2021
Budgetary constraints forced Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia to reduce energy and food subsidy after 2010 but they applied different strategies, thereby transforming their existing, quite akin social contracts into different new ones delivering more protection, provision or participation for citizens.
Leininger, Julia / Christoph Strupat / Yonas Adeto / Abebe Shimeles / Wilson Wasike (2021)
Discussion Paper, 11/2021
Direct and indirect effects' of the Covid-19 pandemic on the prospects of structural transformation in Africa are at the core of this study. It is comprehensive and identifies patterns of country groups. Social cohesion matters for effective policy responses and longer-term sustainable development.
Development practitioners learn, their organisations not so much. In this paper, Pablo Yanguas finds little evidence for the “learning hypothesis” that knowledge makes development agencies more effective. As we near 2030, the role of M&E, research, and adaptive approaches may need to be reassessed.
Long-term finance is not only important for development and growth, but also has the potential to contribute to better jobs. This paper provides empirical evidence to what extent long-term loans affect job quality, firms’ investments in fixed assets and innovation, as well as firm performance.
Burchi, Francesco / Federico Roscioli (2021)
Discussion Paper, 3/2021
Using a mixed-method approach we show the impacts of an integrated social protection programme on social cohesion in Malawi. We find no concrete effect of the lump-sum transfer; in contrast, the business training enhances social cohesion especially when accompanied by participation in saving groups.
Understanding the conditions for coordination in the WEFNexus is key to achieving the 2030Agenda. We provide a framework for analysing nexus governance from a polycentricity perspective, which can be useful in formulating coherent strategies for the integrated implementation of the SDGs.
Pahl, Stefan / Clara Brandi / Jakob Schwab / Frederik Stender (2020)
Discussion Paper, 21/2020
This paper estimates the economic vulnerability of developing countries to disruptions in global value chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reveals that adverse demand-side effects reduce GDP up to 5.4 percent, and collapsing foreign supply generates a drop in GDP of a similar magnitude.