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Ten years after the Tunisian Revolution, democratic politics are in flux. Despite regular rounds of free and fair elections, persistent political infighting, entrenched structural inequalities and widespread perceptions of corruption have posed real challenges to meaningful and popular democracy.
There is a need for greater transparency of the United Nation’s (UN) development work at the country level. Existing transparency arrangements in many cases fall short of creating a practically meaningful degree of transparency at the level of projects.
With inequality reduction now being officially and broadly recognised as a key development objective, simple, economical and quick methodologies to assess focus on this area are needed. The methodology presented herein allows to roughly assess potential impacts on inequality in such a fashion.
Urgently needed climate policies have not been yet sufficiently implemented due to their perceived negative social outcomes and their low public acceptability. Recent evidence from developing countries shows that climate and social goals are not mutually exclusive with appropriate policy mixes.
The application of Blockchain Technology in supply chains carries the promise of making supply chains more sustainable and inclusive. To achieve these goals, however, SMEs in developing countries have to be enabled to use the technology and all stakeholders should be included in the creation of the BT applications.
The support of smallholder farmers is indispensable for reaching many SDGs in the Global South. HOW to achieve that is subject to decade-old debates. The text sketches major positions, reflects them in light of smallholder realities, and tries a synthesis.
Meergans, Franziska / Christina Aue / Christian Knieper / Sascha Kochendörfer / Andrea Lenschow / Claudia Pahl-Wostl (2020)
Intensive agriculture is characteristic for the region of Weser-Ems and the major source of nitrate pollution in groundwater. The analysis of coordination and cooperation shows that incoherent policies in the water, (bio)energy and agricultural sector have exacerbated the problem situation at hand.
In order to effectively assist countries in building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and return to a path towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN and its development organizations will need to focus more than in recent times on high-level policy advice.
En el Guadalquivir (España) se debe que reducir el consumo de agua agrícola a fin de cumplir los requisitos cuantitativos de la Directiva Marco del Agua de la Unión Europea. Es preciso reforzar el intercambio intersectorial, la transparencia y la vigilancia y reducir las concesiones de agua para hacer frente a este desafío.
The Emscher River restoration project reveals usage conflicts associated with the long-term revitalisation of the water system. This modification process requires coordination between sectors and local authorities, particularly the water, open space development and nature conservation sectors.