Policy Brief

The Policy Brief is a new format that replaces the former series “Briefing Papers” and its German version “Analysen und Stellungnahmen”. Policy Briefs address questions of development policy and international relations. By including concise recommendations, the series is primarily aimed at policy makers, practitioners and representatives of the (professional) media industry. Besides, the series also addresses everyone interested in developmental issues. Depending on the envisaged target group Policy Briefs are translated in other languages.

All publications of the series have a CC-BY 4.0 licence and can be downloaded in full text on our website.

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  1. The Republic of Senegal at a political turning point as President Faye takes office
    The Republic of Senegal at a political turning point as President Faye takes office

    Grütjen, Klaus (2024)

    Bassirou Diomaye Faye has been President of Senegal since 2 April 2024. With the election of this former anti-system candidate, a democratic transition of power has taken place that could usher in a fundamental renewal of the country's state and political structures.

  2. Multiple missions in the midst of war: integrating Ukraine's recovery and EU accession
    Multiple missions in the midst of war: integrating Ukraine's recovery and EU accession

    Bergmann, Julian / Miriam Kosmehl / Julia Langbein / Gwendolyn Sasse (2024)

    Ukraine and its international partners are faced with an unprecedented task: advancing recovery efforts and the EU accession process in the midst of an ongoing war. This policy brief discusses how best to dovetail accession negotiations and recovery efforts in a mutually reinforcing manner.

  3. Die Republik Senegal am politischen Wendepunkt: zum Amtsantritt von Staatspräsident Faye
    Die Republik Senegal am politischen Wendepunkt: zum Amtsantritt von Staatspräsident Faye

    Grütjen, Klaus (2024)

    Seit dem 02. April 2024 ist Bassirou Diomaye Faye Staatspräsident des Senegal. Mit der Wahl dieses früheren Anti-System-Kandidaten wurde auf demokratischem Weg ein Machtwechsel vollzogen, der eine grundlegende Erneuerung der staatlichen und politischen Strukturen des Landes einleiten kann.

  4. Getting special drawing rights right: opportunities for re-channelling SDRs to vulnerable countries
    Getting special drawing rights right: opportunities for re-channelling SDRs to vulnerable countries

    Zattler, Jürgen K. (2024)

    The G7 and G20 have committed to re-channelling 100 billion worth of SDRs to developing countries. If well done, this could provide urgently needed breathing space to vulnerable developing countries.

  5. State fragility and development cooperation: putting the empirics to use in policy and planning
    State fragility and development cooperation: putting the empirics to use in policy and planning

    Martin-Shields, Charles / Diana Koester (2024)

    The concept of state fragility is a useful lens for planning development policy in complex settings. This policy brief shows how to apply the IDOS and OECD fragility concepts of critical policy issues.

  6. Tendances actuelles de l’évolution de l’intégration régionale en Afrique de l’Ouest: défis pour la conception future de la politique étrangère et de développement
    Tendances actuelles de l’évolution de l’intégration régionale en Afrique de l’Ouest: défis pour la conception future de la politique étrangère et de développement

    Grütjen, Klaus (2024)

    En septembre 2023, le Burkina Faso, le Mali et le Niger fondent l'Alliance des États du Sahel (AES). En janvier 2024, ces trois États ont annoncé leur retrait de la CEDEAO. Ce Policy Brief analyse les conséquences institutionnelles et politiques de ces décisions et les options d'action possibles.

  7. Current developments in West Africa’s regional integration: challenges for the future design of foreign and development policy
    Current developments in West Africa’s regional integration: challenges for the future design of foreign and development policy

    Grütjen, Klaus (2024)

    In September 2023, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger founded the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). In January 2024, the three AES states announced their withdrawal from ECOWAS. The policy brief analyses the institutional and political consequences of these decisions and possible options for action.

  8. Constellations of State Fragility: improving international cooperation through analytical differentiation
    Constellations of State Fragility: improving international cooperation through analytical differentiation

    Lorch, Jasmin / Sebastian Ziaja / Jörn Grävingholt (2024)

    The “Constellations of State Fragility” model, developed at IDOS, provides a multi-dimensional model to measure state fragility. In doing so, it avoids putting countries with different problems into the same "boxes". Moreover, the model is also sensitive to risks of fragility in the Global North.

  9. Tomorrow’s global development landscape: mapping trends and reform dynamics
    Tomorrow’s global development landscape: mapping trends and reform dynamics

    Janus, Heiner / Niels Keijzer / Svea Koch (2024)

    This paper analyses structural factors of the institutional inertia in international cooperation and formulates expectations for where new reform impetus might come from. It maps and links key reform proposals for the global development system, with a specific focus on public financial flows.

  10. Social contract and social cohesion: synergies and tensions between two related concepts
    Social contract and social cohesion: synergies and tensions between two related concepts

    Loewe, Markus / Armin von Schiller / Tina Zintl / Julia Leininger (2024)

    “Social cohesion” and the “social contract” are two interrelated concepts that help to understand the relationships between individuals, social groups and state institutions. Both enable governments and foreign actors to design policies for sustainable development, albeit in different contexts.