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What are the implications of a future TiSA agreement for developing countries? This paper highlights relevant issues in the negotiations and identifies potential risks to non-members, while arguing that TiSA can and should be more development-friendly to avoid deeper segregation of services markets
How are the EU and its Member States getting ready for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and which activities have been undertaken so far? This study examines existing ‘gap analyses’ and identifies key areas where challenges and opportunities arise for the EU in domestic and external policies.
Paulo, Sebastian / Stephan Klingebiel (2016)
Discussion Paper, 8/2016
Middle-income countries are central to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Development cooperation actors will have to act as brokers of collective action to support domestic reforms in and global engagement by this group of countries.
This study examines the risks and opportunities of agricultural value chain financing for agricultural sector development and financial development. The analysis is based on a review of the literature, studies of practical cases and expert interviews.
Scarlato, Margherita / Giorgio d'Agostino (2016)
Discussion Paper, 6/2016
This paper analyses from a polical economy perspective the consolidated experience of cash transfers in Latin America and compares it with a variety of models of cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa. It identifies the main political challenges for the implementation of these programmes in Africa.
Government procurement internationalisation has been the explicit objective of many initiatives at the WTO; even though we know little about how open procurement markets actually are in developing countries, or how effective trade disciplines are to that end. This paper suggests they are not.
Do INDCs lead to self-differentiation of countries' responsibilities to address climate change? This paper shows that 1) INDCs advance CBDR-RC beyond mitigation to include, at least, adaptation and finance; 2) INDCs advance differentiation beyond the bifurcation of Annex I and non-Annex I countries.
The concept of non-economic loss and damage (NELD) groups the impacts of climate change that are hard to measure or quantify. This paper outlines the main characteristics of NELD and the specific challenges they pose to research and policy-making at the national and international level.
Altenburg, Tilman / Elmar Kulke / Aimée Hampel-Milagrosa / Lisa Peterskovsky / Caroline Reeg (2016)
Discussion Paper, 2/2016
The diffusion of supermarkets in developing countries increases productivity, but fast roll-out also treatens the livelihoods of millions engaged in traditional stores and their supply chains. We show what governments and retail corporations can do to make retail modernisation inclusive.
Draper, Peter / Cynthia Chikura / Heinrich Krogman (2016)
Discussion Paper, 1/2016
Rules of origin are critical to any preferential trade agreement, determining which firms qualify to take advantage of negotiated concessions. The paper discusses recent developments and debates in Sub-Saharan trade negotiations and argues in favour of liberal rules of origin.