Discussion Paper are short research papers which are directed at different research target groups. These papers deal in general with concrete and stringently collected topics. They often discuss interim findings on research projects, theses, evaluation and political reports. Discussion Paper can be downloaded for free on the website of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) or ordered at a price of € 6.00. Please contact our publication department by mail or e-mail.
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Stepping, Katharina M. K. (2016)
Discussion Paper, 26/2016
Wastewater collection and treatment still largely struggles with overcoming barriers related to financial, institutional, political and socio-economic factors as well as limited capacity. The great potential for wastewater reuse has not yet been fully tapped, despite initial promising initiatives.
Janus, Heiner / Sarah Holzapfel (2016)
Discussion Paper, 25/2016
Increased and more effective investments in the agricultural sector are needed to address the challenge of ending hunger and achieving food security until 2030. The paper analyses the opportunities and challenges of applying results-based approaches in the agricultural sector.
To accelerate structural change, governments need to lay the foundations for future competitive advantages. But how can they be anticipated? We discuss various methodologies and suggest ways to consolidate their most valuable features in one synthetic approach.
This study reviews evidence on competitiveness, employment and distributional effects of carbon taxes with a view on informing the decisions of policy makers and bureaucrats in developing and emerging countries. It emphasizes design options to mitigate negative and generate positive effects.
The EU Trust Fund for Africa was launched one year ago, accompanied by high aspirations and deep concerns. This paper examines the implementation and potential impact of the fund, how it relates to broader EU agendas, and what it may indicate about the future direction of EU development policy.
Durand, Alexis / Victoria Hoffmeister / Romain Weikmans / Jonathan Gewirtzman / Sujay Natson / Saleemul Huq / J. Timmons Roberts (2016)
Discussion Paper, 21/2016
Following the Paris Agreement, there is a growing need to support and to finance responses to climate-related loss and damage. This paper discusses what is meant by financing loss and damage response and what are possible means for raising predictable and adequate funding to this end.
Grävingholt, Jörn / Christian von Haldenwang (2016)
Discussion Paper, 20/2016
The paper provides an overview of the challenges regarding support to decentralisation and local governance in fragile contexts. It discusses risks and opportunities, and develops suggestions on how to rise to the challenges surrounding the promotion of decentralisation in fragile states.
How does culture shape the effectiveness of international democracy promotion? International actors often assume that promoting democracy works independent of the cultural context. But 'democracy' is a contested concept and the activities themselves are rooted in specific cultural practices.
von Haldenwang, Christian (2016)
Discussion Paper, 18/2016
The legitimacy of political order is an important concept in political analysis, but it is difficult to operationalise and measure, particularly in those countries where legitimacy is critical. As a result, extant approaches measure only specific types of legitimacy or they do not measure it at all.
Burchi, Francesco / Margherita Scarlato / Giorgio d’Agostino (2016)
Discussion Paper, 17/2016
The paper offers a systematic review of the evidence of cash transfers’ effects on food security in Africa. It shows that, when properly designed, these schemes increase calorie intake, while they need to be integrated by other programmes to sustainably graduate beneficiaries out of food insecurity