Every Monday, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) comments on the latest issues and trends of international development policy by its Current Column. The column is intended for politically interested readers who want to get a brief overview on the state of German and international development policy.
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Schoderer, Mirja/ Ines Dombrowsky (2020)
The Current Column, 18 October 2020
Mining companies are increasingly aware that they need to manage their water risks better and to increase dialogue at eye-level with communities. Research that starts from the insight that companies, communities and state agencies are themselves a set of social relations might help identify entry points for dialogue and areas of connection across actors more effectively.
Mross, Karina / Daniel Nowack / Julia Leininger (2020)
The Current Column, 11 September 2020
On 15 September, the world celebrates one of humanity’s greatest success models: democracy. Yet today, democracy finds itself under pressure from both internal and external forces, and there are now more autocracies than democracies in the world for the first time in almost 20 years. The international community must act now and engage in democracy protection.
Keijzer, Niels / Clara Brandi / Axel Berger / Frederik Stender (2020)
The Current Column, 07 September 2020
There is barely another region of the world in which the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed structural issues with global trade integration so clearly as in Africa. The continent’s exports had already been impacted negatively by price turbulence on the international commodities markets at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.
McCandless, Erin / Bernhard Trautner (2020)
The Current Column, 24 August 2020
The Pandemic has a potential upside for the conflict-affected countries in the Middle East and North Africa: building back better, more accountable states and resilient societies through inclusive social contracts.
Trautner, Bernhard / Mark Furness (2020)
The Current Column, 17 August 2020
While the explosion in Beirut may signify the failure of an ailing political system, international donors cannot create a new social contract for Lebanon. They should take care to avoid reinforcing traditional political and social structures through their support for Beirut’s reconstruction.