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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Are mobile phones and the internet generating employment in Sub Saharan Africa? Policy makers tend to bet on it, whereas critical social scientists are more sceptical. This study reviews the available empirical evidence. In short: ICTs create jobs in Africa.
Burchi, Francesco / Daniele Malerba / Nicole Rippin / Claudio E. Montenegro (2019)
Discussion Paper, 2/2019
To what extent did poverty fall? Is poverty higher among women? The Discussion Paper finds that the decline in income poverty is twice as large as that in multidimensional poverty. Gender differences in poverty levels are minimal, while there is a minimal sign of the feminization of poverty.
This paper investigates how European policymakers have negotiated the relation between EU borders and African mobility 1999-2019. It focuses on how negotiations on migration policies and narrative frames have been interlinked. It does so based on policy analysis and interviews with policymakers.
Burchi, Francesco / Christoph Strupat (2018)
Discussion Paper, 32/2018
We conducted a randomized control trial in order to assess the impacts of the Tingathe Economic Empowerment Project in Malawi. We find in particular that poor and labour-constrained households benefited from the project and that the provided training increased the productive use of the lump-sum.
Hahn, Tina / Georgeta Vidican Auktor (2018)
Discussion Paper, 31/2018
Industrial policy-making in Morocco is became more systemic, values dialogue with private sector and competitiveness. Yet, hurdles remain, regarding monitoring and evaluation, inclusion and implementation. If these weaknesses are addressed industrial policy could contribute to a new social contract.
Hulse, Merran / Lisa Gürth / Helena Kavsek / Verena Stauber / Daniel Wegner / Jan Weinreich (2018)
Discussion Paper, 30/2018
What kinds of transnational networks are beneficial for civil society engagement in regional governance? Using social network analysis, we investigate civil society’s role in ending early marriage and improving worker’s rights in southern Africa.
This case study examines how Malaysia – a country that has not signed the UN Convention for the Protection of Refugees – continues to host multiple waves of refugees. It examines policy measures and their impact on the protection environment with key recommendations for the enhancement of it.
Funk, Evelyn / Lisa Groß / Julia Leininger / Armin von Schiller (2018)
Discussion Paper, 28/2018
How can we assess impact in governance programs? This publication presents lessons learnt on how to conduct impact-oriented accompanying research succesfully. The focus is on governance interventions but the lessons can also be applied to other development interventions.
To be effective, democracy support faces the challenge of taking the cultural context of partner countries into account. This discussion paper investigates how values and attitudes in Malawi influenced the effectiveness of democracy support in the reform of its term limit and its family law.
What role do cultural values play in democracy support? Western donors promote liberal values in recipient countries as part of their governance programmes, but these may clash with local values and attitudes. We explore how (mis)matching values mediate the effectiveness of democracy support.