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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Scheumann, Waltina (2016)
The Current Column, 19 January 2016
18 January 2016. The energy crisis in Zambia has hit the country hard. The power cuts – from between eight and sixteen hours per day – are down to climate change. There is no doubt about it: Zambia is experiencing a period of drought, along with other sub-Saharan countries. However, Zambia has the potential to secure power supplies and take precautionary measures. Political action is required here.
Messner, Dirk (2016)
The Current Column, 11 January 2016
2015 – What a year! Ebola, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Islamic terrorism, countless refugee movements and new record temperature highs in our planetary ecosystem. At the same time, 2015 was also the year of the Paris climate treaty, the global Sustainable Development Goals ((SDGs) agreed in New York in summer) and the agreement with Iran to limit the nuclear conflict.
Mathis, Okka Lou / Benjamin Schraven (2015)
The Current Column, 11 December 2015
The refugee crisis is this year’s central issue and one that we are likely to be dealing with for a long time to come. We are already receiving some very vocal warnings that the current refugee crisis is just a foretaste of larger and unbroken streams of “climate refugees” that could descend on Europe in future as climate change continues.
Fues, Thomas / Maike Saltzmann (2015)
The Current Column, 08 December 2015
Bonn, 7 December 2015. On 1 December, China has taken over the presidency of the group of the twenty leading industrial and emerging countries (G20). In spite of its impressive economic success, the country continues to regard itself as a developing nation and its government intends to place particular emphasis on the interests of all developing countries. Following up on China’s leadership, Germany can use its chair of the G20 in 2017 to promote implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Furness, Mark / Isabel Schäfer (2015)
The Current Column, 26 November 2015
In its latest review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) the EU has retreated from proposing models for its neighbours, instead concentrating on cooperation in areas where there are concrete interests on both sides.
Brandi, Clara / Dominique Bruhn / Nannette Lindenberg (2015)
The Current Column, 23 November 2015
Bonn, 23 November 2015. In just a few days’ time, the world will be looking to the UN Climate Change Conference, where an ambitious agreement is set to be concluded with a view to protecting the world from a dangerous temperature increase and to preparing for and responding to the effects of climate change.
Brandi, Clara / Birgit Schmitz (2015)
The Current Column, 12 November 2015
From 15 to 16 November 2015 the heads of state and government of the G20 are set to meet in Antalya to address a range of issues, most notably the sustainable growth agenda and global financial market reforms. Has the G20 become a club for the powerful? Where is the voice of the poorer countries, which are becoming increasingly important to the world economy?