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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Haldenwang, Christian von (2018)
The Current Column, 14 May 2018
The requirement to levy taxes where added value is created is of central significance for two problems that are currently the subject of much discussion: tax avoidance, particularly by large, multinational companies, and tax competition between countries.
Zintl, Tina (2018)
The Current Column, 30 April 2018
There is not much cause for celebration on the labour markets in North Africa and the Middle East. A key reason for this is the lack of effective trade unions able to carry out their role in shaping labour-market policy.
Stoffel, Tim / Maximilian Müngersdorff (2018)
The Current Column, 23 April 2018
The disaster of Rana Plaza 2013 turned public attention to human and labour rights along global value chains. But what became of this justifiable outrage on the part of the international community, and are states now living up to their responsibilities?
Janetschek, Hannah / Ines Dombrowsky (2018)
The Current Column, 16 April 2018
If we want to achieve worldwide sustainable development, we must steer our economic activities. The ecological limits of the planet must be respected. On the other hand, no one should leave behind and minimize inequality within and across countries.
Brüntrup, Michael / Harry Hoffmann / Klas Sander (2018)
The Current Column, 29 March 2018
21 March did see the celebration of the International Day of Forests, although very few forest campaigners are in celebratory mood. Many millions of hectares of forest have been lost since the 1970s in the tropics, something for which the expansion of forest area in the temperate zones has been unable to compensate.
Berger, Axel (2018)
The Current Column, 26 March 2018
Friday last week saw the entry into force of the punitive tariffs on steel and aluminium imports agreed by the United States. During the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, US trade policy, while characterised by aggressive rhetoric, was barely followed up with any actions.
Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo / Mirja Schoderer / Carmen Richerzhagen (2018)
The Current Column, 22 March 2018
The motto of this year’s World Water Day states “the answer is in nature”, referring to nature-based solutions to the “water challenges we face in the 21st century”. One of these challenges is climate change, the impacts of which threaten water se-curity worldwide.
Klingebiel, Stephan / Tancrède Voituriez (2018)
The Current Column, 21 March 2018
Global development is under threat. The rising number of refugees worldwide, the protracted humanitarian crises in fragile states and the increasingly visible impacts of climate change are some of the warning signals that “inclusive”, “sustainable” or “good” development – whatever you might call it – is not close at hand.