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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Nannette Lindenberg (2014)
The Current Column, 26 November 2014
For many of us, the wait for Christmas begins on the first Sunday of advent - from Monday the international climate protection community will be looking full of hope to Lima where 195 countries will be meeting for the 20th time for the UN Climate Summit.
Scholz, Imme (2014)
The Current Column, 24 November 2014
In the Charter for the Future, German Development Minister Gerd Müller sets out the political priorities he intends to pursue over the next three years in Germany and in its partner countries, in the cabinet in Berlin, and in German business, civil society and academia.
Klingebiel, Stephan / Li Xiaoyun (2014)
The Current Column, 09 October 2014
The planned bilateral governmental consultations between China and Germany on 10 October will provide Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, with an important opportunity to start a new phase of engagement. We argue that this event can be used to design a new development partnership.
Böckenförde, Markus (2014)
The Current Column, 08 October 2014
On 24 September 2014 the German Ethics Council recommended that consensual sexual relations between adult siblings should no longer be illegal, thus decriminalising a taboo that has endured for millennia. A heated debate followed. German development co-operation can learn from this incest debate.
Saravia, Enrique (2014)
The Current Column, 07 October 2014
In two weeks, on 26 October 2014, almost 143 million Brazilian voters will decide who will rule the country’s Executive power for the next four years. The reason is that in the first round, held last Sunday, no candidate reached 50 % of the preferences.
Reisen, Helmut (2014)
The Current Column, 06 October 2014
Following a decade and a half of convergence and poverty reduction in developing and emerging economies, proclamations abound that ‘We Can End Poverty’. At the same time, it is forecast that fewer countries will be eligible to receive grants or soft loans from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and other multilateral finance institutions. Will the end of poverty result in a donor dilemma?
Rippin, Nicole (2014)
The Current Column, 29 September 2014
30 September 2014 sees the end of the debate of the United Nations General Assembly on the future form of international development co-operation. For the first time, these goals also include targets for tackling inequality.