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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Burchi, Francesco / Christoph Strupat / Armin von Schiller (2020)
The question how societies hold together and which policies enhance social cohesion is receiving increasing attention. This Briefing Paper stresses the contribution to social cohesion that revenue collection and social policies can have, as well as the inter-linkages between these two areas.
This paper discusses how a reconfiguration of the European development finance system could increase efficiency and sustainability. In this regard, the focus should be shifted from institutional to substantial considerations, including partner countries’ needs.
The UN's Global Compact on Refugees agreed upon in 2018 calls for an enhanced local integration of refugees in their countries of destination. Implementation success significantly hinges on policy interests of subnational actors and area-based potentials and challenges of displacement.
Castillejo, Clare / Eva Dick / Benjamin Schraven (2019)
Since 2015, the EU has significantly increased its efforts on preventing irregular migration from Africa. The paper examines the impact of this shift on free movement policies in two African sub-regions and indicates the reasons for significant differences in outcome.
Loewe, Markus / Bernhard Trautner / Tina Zintl (2019)
The social contract is a key term in social science literature focusing on state-society relations but has rarely been well. Our briefing paper suggests a concept where social contracts are sets of agreements between societal groups and the government on rights and obligations towards each other.
The drifting-apart of societies has become a major concern in many regions. Economic factors such as income inequality are often assumed to aggravate these trends. This brief depicts what we actually know about the relation between economic factors and social cohesion and outlines policy implications.
A WTO framework for investment facilitation can contribute to sustainable development if it strengthens developing countries’ capacities, respects policy space, allows for longer implementation periods, enhances responsible business conduct and supports multi-stakeholder cooperation.
van der Weide, Roy / Ambar Narayan / Mario Negre (2019)
For large parts of the world’s population, individual education is still too closely tied to the education of one’s parents, more so for poorer than for to richer world regions. Countries at any stage of development can raise intergenerational mobility by investing more to equalise opportunities.
Many governments are under pressure to mobilise revenues at home. More international cooperation is needed to support them. In particular, additional efforts are required to fight tax avoidance, tax evasion and harmful or ineffective tax expenditures.
Schraven, Benjamin / Stephen Adaawen / Christina Rademacher-Schulz / Nadine Segadlo (2019)
Human (im-)mobility in the context of climate change is major challenge for the African continent. This paper identifies some key trends in "climate migration" in Sub-Saharan Africa. Based on that, three basic policy recommendations are formulated.