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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Janus, Heiner / Lixia Tang (2017)
Die aktuelle Kolumne, 17 October 2017
On 18 October 2017, key political decisions will be announced at the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China Beijing. As the highest decision-making organ of the Communist Party, the Congress and its report have enormous influence on Chinese and global politics. What does this mean for global development and foreign aid?
Rudolph, Alexandra / Armin von Schiller / Christoph Strupat (2017)
Die aktuelle Kolumne, 02 October 2017
The relevance of impact assessments is not a new topic in development cooperation. There is an increasingly strong consensus in development policy that it is crucial to assess interventions by using rigorous methods. In Germany, the value and relevance of independent rigorous impact assessments has grown in recent years, although impact assessments are far less institutionalised than in other major donor countries.
Berger, Axel / Clara Brandi (2017)
Die aktuelle Kolumne, 25 September 2017
When we look behind the headlines of the heated trade policy debate, it becomes apparent that alternative trade deals contain a whole range of regulations that go beyond the dismantling of trade barriers. The latest data from Canada’s Université Laval shows that 85 per cent of all free trade agreements contain environmental clauses. In fact, recently concluded agreements contain over 60 different environmental provisions.
Mehl, Regine (2017)
Die aktuelle Kolumne, 18 September 2017
Hand on heart: who knows that the United Nations International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21 September? It is also important in this context to make reference to Agenda 2030, which makes some challenging key points with regard to the issue of peace.
Mathis, Okka Lou (2017)
Die aktuelle Kolumne, 15 September 2017
Despite living in a democracy, we have been compromising a peaceful and stable future for decades: climate change is continuing to destroys our foundations of existence and contributes to conflicts - here too. Our democracy invites us to postpone the climate change problem rather than resolve it. The transformation to sustainability is only possible if we change it.
Fues, Thomas (2017)
Die aktuelle Kolumne, 11 September 2017
The upcoming United Nations (UN) conference on South-South cooperation in Argentina in March 2019 will offer an unique opportunity for overcoming divisions among Southern powers and enhancing the global common good.