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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Berger, Axel / Henning Klodt (2016)
The Current Column, 07 March 2016
Last week, the European Union (EU) and Canada agreed on fundamental reforms to investor dispute settlement mechanism as part of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Whether or not the changes introduced to CETA will spark reforms in the international investment system as a whole is now primarily dependent on Washington’s response in the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Messner, Dirk / Uwe Schneidewind (2016)
The Current Column, 26 February 2016
Letzte Woche präsentierte die Expertenkommission für Forschung und Innovation (EFI) ihr Jahresgutachten zur „Forschung, Innovation und technologischer Leistungsfähigkeit Deutschlands". Einen besonderen Schwerpunkt legt die EFI darin auf „Soziale Innovationen“ und damit auf ein zentrales Thema gesellschaftlicher Entwicklung. Das klingt viel-versprechend – doch der Report enttäuscht.
Van der Weide, Roy / Branko Milanovic / Mario Negre (2016)
The Current Column, 23 February 2016
High levels of income inequality are associated with lower future growth rates for the poor and the middle class. No such negative correlation is found to hold for the rich, if anything, higher inequality is found to help their future growth prospects. In other words, highly unequal societies are found to stimulate the type of economic growth that further enhances inequality, at least in the United States for the time period under consideration.
Heiner, Janus / Sarah Holzapfel (2016)
The Current Column, 01 February 2016
Since 1 January 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) guide development efforts around the world. 2016 will be about implementation. The key question is: How do we translate 17 goals and their 169 targets into policy making? One option is to continue business as usual and start selectively. Each country could pick and choose from the menu of goals and targets. A better option is to transform today’s policy making into a more coherent and integrated approach.
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.