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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von Haldenwang, Christian / Armin von Schiller (2016)
Sub-national units will play an increasing role in the mobilisation of domestic resources for the 2030 agenda. They are also at the forefront in the implementation of the global reform agenda. Consequently, they also contribute to overcoming problems of fragile statehood.
Since September 2015 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is intended as the basis for the actions of national and international actors. This article uses five donor-strategic questions to analyse what SDG-sensitive international development cooperation would mean.
Refugees are not short-term guests, they often stay for many years in their host countries. As a consequence, there are increasing calls to abandon the current policy of camps and build towns that enable the integration of the refugees. Uganda sets an informative example in this respect.
With the 2030 Agenda on one hand, and unchecked fragmentation on the other, the need for an executive authority, discussed for decades, has become acute. The paper argues that it can be build from exisiting structures, mechanisms, and resources by separating the coordination function from UNDP.
To allow majority of Thai and Indian farmers to enter markets, we recommend increasing awareness about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), upgrading infrastructure needed for standard adoption, and fostering institutional arrangements that allow large numbers of smallholders to adopt GAP standards.
Rural development is particular, multisectoral and complex. Discussing general trends, policies and development impacts requires a conceptual model that is neither too complicated nor too simplistic, but has a poverty focus. Here, the “Rural Worlds” approach of the OECD is proposed as good start.
How is it possible to achieve SDG 2? The Briefing Paper highlights the important role of cash transfers in tackling food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa. However, to ensure people's sustainable graduation from food insecurity these schemes need to be part of a broader anti food insecurity strategy.
Hoffmann, Harry / Michael Brüntrup / Clara Dewes (2016)
Wood energy will remain crucial for meeting global energy demand. However, unsustainable production techniques prevail in poor countries. This paper reviews unsuccessful past attempts to control the value chain and derives recommendations for better, place-specific policies and regulations.
Richerzhagen, Carmen / Jean Carlo Rodríguez / Katharina Stepping (2016)
Is biodiversity aid effective? Should there be more or less biodiversity aid available? What other actions should be taken, in parallel to biodiversity aid, in order to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity? These are some of the questions that this briefing paper answers for policy makers.
In light of the looming October 2016 deadline for the ratification of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), we consider their mixed record in facilitating regional integration and cooperation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.