Briefing Paper (in German: Analysen und Stellungnahmen) are always four pages long and discuss ongoing and controversial issues in international relations. By including recommendations, the series primarily aims at policy makers, practitioners, and representatives of the (professional) media industry. Besides, the series is also open to everyone interested in developmental issues.
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Berger, Axel / Sebastian Gsell / Zoryana Olekseyuk (2019)
This policy brief provides an overview of the emerging policy debate about investment facilitation. We highlight that four key challenges need to be tackled in order to negotiate an Investment Facilitation Framework (IFF) in the WTO that supports sustainable development
Recurring violence haunts many countries that have experienced a civil war. What types of international support do they receive and what are their chances to sustain peace? This briefing paper analyses new data on peacebuilding efforts in 29 countries that have experienced a civil war.
Insurance provides an opportunity to address ex-post climate risks. The relative flexibility and broader reach of mesoinsurance may tackle issues of accessibility and affordability of insurance for poor and vulnerable. Community-based organisations may be an appropriate vehicle for mesoinsurance.
Intra-EU policy negotiations are essential for the evolution of EU-Africa cooperation on migration. Growing divisions inside the EU have increased the focus on external borders. This paper argues that the EU needs to address these divisions in order to support African transnational development.
Current policies are inconsistent with international climate goals. More, and more effective, actions by non-state and subnational actors, such as businesses, cities and NGOs, could accelerate low-carbon and climate resilient transitions. This paper explores how the EU could strengthen such action.
Where should the millions of jobs come from that Africa urgently needs? We analyse global megatrends, i.e. related to digitisation, China’s changing role in the world, decarbonisation and African urbanisation, and derive growth opportunities.
Dombrowsky, Ines / Jean Carlo Rodríguez de Francisco / Mirja Schoderer / Ariunaa Lkhagvadorj (2018)
River basin organizations are supposed to foster a sustainable use of water resources. However, in developing countries they are often underfunded. This briefing paper identifies administrative and fiscal challenges towards effective river basin management in Mongolia and how they could be overcome.
Can the United Nations Development System become a forceful player for realizing the 2030 Agenda? In May 2018, states set the course for reforms. While these have shortcomings, they provide a good starting point for a more effective and efficient system. Vigorous follow-up is needed.