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. Carbon consumption patterns of emerging middle classes
    Carbon consumption patterns of emerging middle classes

    Never, Babette / Jose Ramon Albert / Hanna Fuhrmann / Sebastian Gsell / Miguel Jaramillo / Sascha Kuhn / Bernardin Senadza (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 13/2020

    Changing consumption patterns of the emerging middle classes imply more carbon emissions. This paper explains how big the problem is, what drives it and which sustainable behaviours already exist. Being global middle class may be more important for climate change than country of origin.

  2. Transnational cooperation in times of rapid global changes: the Arctic Council as a success case?
    Transnational cooperation in times of rapid global changes: the Arctic Council as a success case?

    Wehrmann, Dorothea (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 12/2020

    How can transnational cooperation be more successful in times of rapid global changes? This discussion paper discusses central assumptions from global governance research on transnational cooperation and explores the Arctic Council as a case of success.

  3. The future of European development banking: what role and place for the European Investment Bank?
    The future of European development banking: what role and place for the European Investment Bank?

    Erforth, Benedikt (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 11/2020

    The paper takes stock of the European development finance landscape and the EIB’s role as part of this landscape. It looks at the interactions between different European development stakeholders and assesses the proposed reform and its potential impact on European development policy.

  4. Systemic challenges and opportunities of Franco-German development cooperation
    Systemic challenges and opportunities of Franco-German development cooperation

    Kaplan, Lennart (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 10/2020

    How can France and Germany develop a vision for an improved collaboration towards the 2030 agenda for sustainable development? This paper compares the French and German development systems to identify barriers and opportunities for a closer cooperation with partner countries.

  5. Socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) in multi-level regulatory frameworks: assessment report on policy space for SRPP regulation and implementation in Germany and Kenya
    Socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) in multi-level regulatory frameworks: assessment report on policy space for SRPP regulation and implementation in Germany and Kenya

    Stoffel, Tim (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 9/2020

    What leeway is there for Socially Responsible Public Procurement (SRPP) in Germany and Kenya? In both countries public procurement is influenced by a multi-level regulatory framework. Analysing it generates insights and policy considerations on how to overcome the implementation gap for SRPP.

  6. Strategies to strengthen socially responsible public procurement practices in German municipalities: a mapping exercise
    Strategies to strengthen socially responsible public procurement practices in German municipalities: a mapping exercise

    Müngersdorff, Maximilian / Tim Stoffel (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 8/2020

    German municipalities do not sufficiently use their purchasing power to contribute to socially responsible public procurement (SRPP). We identified success factors and their triggers that support SRPP implementation in German municipalities and thus, their contribution to SDG 12 of the Agenda 2030.

  7. The trade effects of the Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States: early empirical insights from panel data
    The trade effects of the Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States: early empirical insights from panel data

    Stender, Frederik / Axel Berger / Clara Brandi / Jakob Schwab (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 7/2020

    This paper provides first ex-post empirical evidence on the effects of provisionally applied Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) on trade flows between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) group of countries.

  8. The role of values for social cohesion: theoretical explication and empirical exploration
    The role of values for social cohesion: theoretical explication and empirical exploration

    Nowack, Daniel / Sophia Schoderer (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 6/2020

    Values are seen as crucial for social cohesion. This discussion paper clarifies this link through a theoretical explication and an empirical exploration. We review the theory, discuss evidence, and provide an exploration of how values influence social and institutional trust.

  9. The implementation of the G7 and G20 gender equality goals in Germany
    The implementation of the G7 and G20 gender equality goals in Germany

    Berger, Axel / Sören Hilbrich / Gabriele Köhler (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 5/2020

    In recent years, the G7 and G20 have placed increasing emphasis on gender equality. This report provides a systematic account of the objectives that both institutions have set out in this area and examines the degree to which these goals have been implemented in Germany.

  10. Digitalisation and its impact on SME finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: reviewing the hype and actual developments
    Digitalisation and its impact on SME finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: reviewing the hype and actual developments

    Disse, Sabrina / Christoph Sommer (2020)
    Discussion Paper, 4/2020

    Digitalisation is often seen as game changer in finance. This paper reviews and discusses the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation and tech-enabled alternative financing instruments for SMEs. It contrasts the hype around digital finance with actual market developments and trends in Africa.