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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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?
Keijzer, Niels / Stephan Klingebiel (2015)
The Current Column, 04 November 2015
Every four or five years, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) organises a peer review in which a team of experts closely examines the policies of the member in question. The new peer review of Germany will be unveiled on 4 November in Berlin.
Weinlich, Silke (2015)
The Current Column, 26 October 2015
Bonn, 26 October 2015. It was on this weekend 70 years ago that the United Nations (UN) Charter took effect. From the Pyramids of Giza and Berlin’s Reichstag building to Brazil’s Christo Redentor statue and South Africa’s Table Mountain, the world was lit up in vivid UN blue in a strong show of support for the international organisation on this special occasion. But is there really any cause for celebration?
Grimm, Sven (2015)
The Current Column, 19 October 2015
Critics such as economist William Easterly describe the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as “senseless, dreamy, and garbled” - the kind of thing John Lennon was singing about in his famous song “Imagine”. Are we all just dreamers?
Bilal, San / Clara Brandi / Max Mendez-Parra (2015)
The Current Column, 16 October 2015
On 14 October 2015 the European Commission has released the new EU trade and investment strategy. Its catchy title – “Trade for All” – is very auspicious as well as ambitious and the strategy contains promising elements for global development. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating: How will the strategy be put into practice?