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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Populist trends carry significant threats when it comes to dealing with cross-border challeng-es. States with strong populist outlooks can slow down global sustainable development. Conse-quently, countries less affected by such outlooks should take on key roles.
Fiedler, Charlotte / Jörn Grävingholt / Karina Mross (2018)
How can international actors effectively support peace after civil war? A disaggregated analysis of external engagement finds that international peacebuilding can clearly make a difference. Yet country contexts condition what types of support can be provided, and whether they are effective.
Digitalisation is transforming the economy and redefining trade. Using the ongoing debate on the e-commerce moratorium, members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) should make sure that the organisation plays an important role in addressing the future of trade in a digitalised economy.
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.
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.
The United Nations Development System must improve and expand its assistance for middle-income countries to put the 2030 Agenda in practice, in particular by aligning to MIC policy processes, providing high-quality support and making financing a priority.