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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Roll, Michael (2020)
The Current Column, 02 April 2020
Is Africa defenceless in the face of the corona pandemic? In part, some African countries are even better prepared for pandemics than Europe and the United States. Nigeria’s success in fighting its 2014 Ebola outbreak illustrates why that is the case.
Schraven, Benjamin (2020)
The Current Column, 30 March 2020
Might we take a different approach to other global problems after the corona pandemic? The list of these global challenges runs from combating hunger and the climate crisis through to dealing with migration.
Strupat, Christoph / Francesco Burchi / Daniele Malerba (2020)
The Current Column, 26 March 2020
The Spanish flu was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, claiming up to 50 million lives worldwide between 1918 and 1919. It has many parallels with the current coronavirus and the international community would do well to learn from such past pandemics.
Stender, Frederik (2020)
The Current Column, 16 March 2020
With overt protectionism once again acceptable on the global trade stage, international cooperation seems more necessary than ever. In fact, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development itself points out the positive trade and development effects of a reliable and open trade regime for the countries of the global South.
Houdret, Annabelle / Mark Furness (2020)
The Current Column, 09 March 2020
13,000 refugees are waiting at the Greek-Turkish border. This is, not however, ‘no man’s land’, but rather the frontier between the geostrategic and domestic policy calculations of the EU and Turkey. What we are dealing with here is a humanitarian crisis, not a security issue, and our understanding of Europe as a community of values is at stake.
Hackenesch, Christine / Niels Keijzer / Julia Leininger (2020)
The Current Column, 02 March 2020
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will soon complete her first 100 days in office. One of her priorities for this period concerned the preparations for a comprehensive strategy with Africa, which will be released soon.