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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Messner, Dirk / Imme Scholz (2015)
The Current Column, 20 May 2015
The EU's Foreign and Defense Ministers have met in Brussels on Monday. One point on their long agenda was the strategic review of the EU's security environment and the challenges and opportunities arising for the EU.
Hackenesch, Christine / Julia Leininger (2015)
The Current Column, 05 May 2015
What can and should Europe do in response to increasing numbers of refugees, thousands of whom are dying in the Mediterranean? German Development Minister Gerd Müller is calling for an additional 10 billion Euro to tackle the issues causing people to flee their countries of origin. By contrast, in his article 'No aid funding for corrupt kleptocrats', published at ZEIT Online, Theo Sommer argues that providing additional development aid would do little to solve the refugee crisis, as it would most likely fall into the hands of corrupt politicians in developing countries.
Klingebiel, Stephan (2015)
The Current Column, 28 April 2015
Thousands of people are currently fleeing the central African state of Burundi on a daily basis. The upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, on 26 May and 26 June respectively, have the potential to spark major conflict in a nation which, is already one of the poorest in the world.
Schraven, Benjamin / Birgit Schmitz (2015)
The Current Column, 13 April 2015
The plight of refugees and displaced persons continues to captivate public attention and dominate political discourse in Germany and Europe. This is for instance seen in the ongoing dispute between the German central government and the federal states over supposedly unrealistic forecasts of refugee numbers, the public debate in Germany on xenophobia following an arson attack on a future refugee home in Saxony-Anhalt or the Greek defence minister's threat to send refugees to Germany.
Berensmann, Kathrin / Silke Weinlich (2015)
The Current Column, 08 April 2015
This year, three future-oriented UN summits will take place that deal with the financing for development, the agreement of a new global agenda for sustainable development, and the approval of a climate deal. The G7, the presidency of which is currently held by Germany, must play its part in ensuring that these summits are a success.
Vidican, Georgeta / Yasser Sherif (2015)
The Current Column, 27 March 2015
From 13-15 March 2015 the Egyptian government organized a major international event, the “Egypt Economic Development Conference”, aimed at repositioning the country on the investors’ agenda to stabilize Egypt’s economy. The outcomes of this conference are encouraging but also point to how important it is for Egypt to show commitment for a transformational agenda.
Wolff, Peter (2015)
The Current Column, 23 March 2015
Several European countries announced that they intend to become members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The founding of the AIIB may be interpreted as signalling the end of US hegemony within the international system of development banks. Equally, however, it could be understood as a step towards normalisation, that is, towards a greater degree of regionalisation in development financing.
Tawfik, Rawia (2015)
The Current Column, 19 March 2015
Bonn, 19 March 2015. This year the United Nations selected “Water and Sustainable Development” as a theme for the World Water Day on 22 March. The World Water Day reminds us that there is no human, social and economic development without clean water – from health and sanitation to food, energy production and industrialisation.