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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Strupat, Christoph / Paul Marschall (2020)
The Current Column, 29 April 2020
The corona crisis has grave consequences for health, the economy and society. Pandemics such as COVID-19, Ebola and cholera will return repeatedly unless we understand what causes them. New infectious diseases in humans are often unleashed by viruses and bacteria in wild animals.
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.