Discussion Paper are short research papers which are directed at different research target groups. These papers deal in general with concrete and stringently collected topics. They often discuss interim findings on research projects, theses, evaluation and political reports. Discussion Paper can be downloaded for free on the website of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) or ordered at a price of € 6.00. Please contact our publication department by mail or e-mail.
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Gronen, Maria Elisabeth / Yannick Sudermann (2023)
Discussion Paper, 4/2023
In the past, urban issues were largely absent from the G7 agenda. Yet, in 2022, the Urban 7, a recently founded group of city associations managed to influence the first ever G7 ministerial meeting on sustainable urban development, even without being mandated as an official engagement group.
What determines the use of evidence by national development agencies, and whose evidence matters most? Pablo Yanguas explores these important questions in a new IDOS Discussion Paper. He argues that institutionalisation and entrepreneurship play critical roles in centering policy making on evidence.
Mühlberger, Wolfgang (2023)
Discussion Paper, 1/2023
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between state and society in Iraq. The analysis situates the social contract concept in the Iraqi context and explores ist implications for state-society relations.
Global autocratization requires a shift in democracy promotion. This paper addresses this need by developing a concept of support and protection of democracy. Coupling this with six phases of regime change, it provides first insights into the political conditions for effective democracy promotion.
Leininger, Julia / Armin von Schiller / Christoph Strupat / Daniele Malerba (2022)
Discussion Paper, 20/2022
Social cohesion and the coverage of social protection schemes influenced governments’ decisions about the stringency of COVID-19 containment policies in 2020 in Africa. State containment policies were more stringent in less cohesive societies if they already had social protection schemes in place.
This study uses panel household survey data collected in two rounds in Zambia to analyse some agro-ecological and socio-economic impacts of the outgrower programme of one of the largest agricultural investment in Zambia, Amatheon Agri Zambia Limited (AAZ).
Walle, Yabibal M. (2022)
Discussion Paper, 18/2022
What are the macro-level determinants of social cohesion? New evidence based on a panel of 92 countries for the period 1990-2020 shows that education, government size, globalisation and economic development promote social cohesion, while inflation, corruption and income inequality undermine it.
Friesen, Ina / Alma Wisskirchen (2022)
Discussion Paper, 17/2022
Based on the experience of feminist foreign and development policy pioneers, this paper offers ten recommendations for Germany’s feminist development policy. It highlights the need for a sound conceptual foundation and the necessary changes in the implementation of future development cooperation.
Burchi, Francesco / Gabriela Zapata-Román (2022)
Discussion Paper, 16/2022
Is inequality bad for social cohesion? Based on theory and limited evidence from Europe and Asia, this seems the case. Also our analysis on Africa finds a negative relationship between inequality and social cohesion, but this is not strong and valid only for the horizontal aspect of social cohesion.