Discussion Paper

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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  1. The fragile road towards peace and democracy: insights on the effectiveness of international support to post-conflict Burundi
    The fragile road towards peace and democracy: insights on the effectiveness of international support to post-conflict Burundi

    Mroß, Karina (2015)
    Discussion Paper, 3/2015

    How can countries emerging from conflict be supported on their path towards peace and democracy? This paper analyses international support to post-conflict Burundi and sheds light upon key factors influencing its effectiveness.

  2. Improving education outcomes by linking payments to results: an assessment of disbursement-linked indicators in five results-based approaches
    Improving education outcomes by linking payments to results: an assessment of disbursement-linked indicators in five results-based approaches

    Holzapfel, Sarah / Heiner Janus (2015)
    Discussion Paper, 2/2015

    Development actors have started implementing results-based approaches, but little attention has been paid to the potential advantages and disadvantages of the specific indicators that are used. The paper analyses the indicators of five pilots programmes in education.

  3. In search of a narrative for Southern providers: the challenge of the emerging economies to the development cooperation agenda
    In search of a narrative for Southern providers: the challenge of the emerging economies to the development cooperation agenda

    Bracho, Gerardo (2015)
    Discussion Paper, 1/2015

  4. Do preferential trade agreements increase their members’ foreign direct investment?
    Do preferential trade agreements increase their members’ foreign direct investment?

    Büge, Max (2014)
    Discussion Paper, 37/2014

  5. Can supply chain initiatives reduce deforestation? A comparative analysis of cases from Brazil and Indonesia
    Can supply chain initiatives reduce deforestation? A comparative analysis of cases from Brazil and Indonesia

    Meijer, Karen (2014)
    Discussion Paper, 36/2014

  6. A cartography of the new middle classes in developing and emerging countries
    A cartography of the new middle classes in developing and emerging countries

    Brandi, Clara / Max Büge (2014)
    Discussion Paper, 35/2014

    The rise of emerging middle classes around the world has profound implications for global development. The paper presents a novel middle class typology that illustrates the existence of different types of middle classes and points to fruitful avenues for future research and policy debates.

  7. A global framework for climate action: orchestrating non-state and subnational initiatives for more effective global climate governance
    A global framework for climate action: orchestrating non-state and subnational initiatives for more effective global climate governance

    Chan, Sander / Pieter Pauw (2014)
    Discussion Paper, 34/2014

    The transformation towards a climate resilient and low carbon future requires the collaboration of state- and non-state stakeholders. A well designed GFCA could steer a groundswell of non-state and subnational climate actions towards greater ambition, and recognise genuinely transformative actions.

  8. The role of international financial institutions in macroeconomic crises: improving the architecture of the World Bank and the IMF for managing shocks in developing countries
    The role of international financial institutions in macroeconomic crises: improving the architecture of the World Bank and the IMF for managing shocks in developing countries

    Berensmann, Kathrin / Peter Wolff (2014)
    Discussion Paper, 33/2014

    In their response to the global financial crisis, the international financial institutions (IFIs) have significantly reformed their instruments. Nevertheless, some gaps for shock financing remain. This study looks at the appropriateness of the IFIs’ shock facilities for developing countries.

  9. The innovation path of the Chinese wind power industry
    The innovation path of the Chinese wind power industry

    Dai, Yixin / Yuan Zhou / Di Xia / Mengyu Ding / Lan Xue (2014)
    Discussion Paper, 32/2014

    This paper attributes three factors, foreign technology and collaboration at firm level, the long-term, enduring public policy goals, as well as the trend towards an emphasis on research and development, as major influences over the innovation path formation of Chinese wind technology development.

  10. Boosting or hindering aid effectiveness? An assessment of systems for measuring agency results
    Boosting or hindering aid effectiveness? An assessment of systems for measuring agency results

    Holzapfel, Sarah (2014)
    Discussion Paper, 31/2014

    This paper analyses the results reporting practices of ten bi- and multilateral donor agencies and assesses the implications of agency-wide results measurement systems for aid effectiveness.