• Impulses for the Bundestag election

Impulses for the Bundestag election

Resource scarcity, climate change, digitalisation, flight and migration – global challenges are complex. Solutions and models for the future can therefore only be developed and pursued in global cooperation.


How can social and natural resources be used sustainably? How can cross-border cooperation promote sustainable development and the global common good? On the way to a transformative structural policy, development policy is also undergoing change.


In the run-up and the aftermath to the Bundestag elections, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) would therefore like to invite to a debate on the understanding of development and the orientation of development policy.


In a special series of the Current Column entitled "Impulses for the Bundestag Election”, we publish suggestions on what the future model of a German development policy for a sustainable future could look like. Against the backdrop of their research, DIE's researchers shed light on fields of action that should be the focus of development policy in the next legislative period.


As a frame for the series, Prof. Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge and Prof. Dr Imme Scholz have outlined guidelines for German development policy in the 21st century.

[Translate to English:] Graphic: Seven principles to guide German development policy  1. Development policy is a transformative structural policy for sustainable development.  2. Development is a universal challenge that is not geographically bound and centred on every human being’s right to self-determination. 3. Development emerges from processes of constructing and realising sustainable futures.  4. Making futures sustainable is a cross-scalar, multi-sectoral mandate. 5. Futures must be realised by local actors and their networks.  6. The goal of policy-making for sustainable development is to protect the global common goods. 7. Global challenges put multilateral cooperation at the centre of development efforts.