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. Economic effects of FDI: how important is rising market concentration?
    Economic effects of FDI: how important is rising market concentration?

    Vrolijk, Kasper (2022)

    Many governments adopt policies to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). What are implications of rising market concentration for FDI impacts? This Brief documents that concentration likely reduces positive spillovers and increases negative competition effects, and discusses policy implications.

  2. The impact of carbon taxation and revenue redistribution on poverty and inequality
    The impact of carbon taxation and revenue redistribution on poverty and inequality

    Malerba, Daniele / Xiangjie Chen / Kuishuang Feng / Klaus Hubacek / Yannick Oswald (2022)

    A carbon tax of US$50/tCO2 with redistribution of the raised revenue to households could substantially reduce global poverty by between 16% and 27% (110 to 190 million people), and lower inequality. The impact depends on the policy design and the targeting mechanisms used for revenue redistribution.

  3. The EU-CEAP impacts on developing countries – recommendations for development policy
    The EU-CEAP impacts on developing countries – recommendations for development policy

    To, Jenny (2022)

    The policy brief examines major sectors addressed in the EU-CEAP: the plastic packaging, electric vehicles and batteries sectors. Within these, recommendations are made to expand present approaches of development policy that go beyond waste management and recycling.

  4. Refugee policy and selective implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Kenya
    Refugee policy and selective implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Kenya

    Jacobi, Milan / Rose Jaji (2022)

    Building a sound understanding of the security and domestic politics that influence refugee policy in countries such as Kenya can help donors more holistically work with host countries in similar circumstances that have agreed to implement the CRRF.

  5. Wiederaufbau in der Ukraine: Wie die EU die Ukraine unterstützen sollte
    Wiederaufbau in der Ukraine: Wie die EU die Ukraine unterstützen sollte

    Bergmann, Julian / Iulian Romanyshyn (2022)

    Der Krieg Russlands gegen die Ukraine hat katastrophale Folgen für das Land. Um den Wiederaufbau der Ukraine zu unterstützen, sind enorme internationale Anstrengungen erforderlich. Dieser Policy Brief analysiert, welchen Beitrag die EU zum Wiederaufbau der Ukraine leisten sollte.

  6. New standard indicators for German development cooperation: How useful are numbers “at the touch of a button”?
    New standard indicators for German development cooperation: How useful are numbers “at the touch of a button”?

    Janus, Heiner / Daniel Esser (2022)

    The previous German government demanded "numbers at the push of a button" for German development cooperation. This call was answered in 2022 in the form of 43 newly introduced standard indicators. Heiner Janus and Daniel Esser assess the potential of this reform and call for greater transparency.

  7. Rebuilding Ukraine: how the EU should support Ukraine’s reconstruction and recovery
    Rebuilding Ukraine: how the EU should support Ukraine’s reconstruction and recovery

    Bergmann, Julian / Iulian Romanyshyn (2022)

    Russia’s war against Ukraine has disastrous consequences for the country. A huge international effort will be required to support Ukraine’s reconstruction. This policy brief analyses priorities and proposed plans on rebuilding the country, and provides recommendations on next steps in the process.

  8. Engaging with partners in the Global South in uncertain times
    Engaging with partners in the Global South in uncertain times

    Klingebiel, Stephan (2022)

    Having already been growing in importance for a number of years, geopolitics as it relates to the Global South has become more relevant following Russia’s aggression in Ukraine in 2022. It is important to gain a better idea of the interests and perceptions of partners in the Global South.

  9. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16: a governance compass towards just transition?
    Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16: a governance compass towards just transition?

    Balasubramanian, Pooja / Anita Breuer / Julia Leininger / Cameron Allen / Julia Kercher (2022)

    Governance targets of SDG 16 play a key role in improving access to social protection, reducing poverty and inequalities. Transparency, accountability and inclusive participation are a necessary condition to enable just transitions towards climate safe, equitable and inclusive societies.

  10. Neue Standardindikatoren für die deutsche Entwicklungszusammenarbeit: Was bringen "Zahlen auf Knopfdruck"?
    Neue Standardindikatoren für die deutsche Entwicklungszusammenarbeit: Was bringen "Zahlen auf Knopfdruck"?

    Janus, Heiner / Daniel Esser (2022)

    Die ehemalige Bundesregierung wollte "Zahlen auf Knopfdruck" für die deutsche Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Diese wurden 2022 in Form von 43 Standardindikatoren eingeführt. Heiner Janus und Daniel Esser bewerten das Potenzial dieser Reform und fordern größere Transparenz.