The Current Column

Every Monday, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) comments on the latest issues and trends of international development policy by its Current Column. The column is intended for politically interested readers who want to get a brief overview on the state of German and international development policy.

Current and past issues can be downloaded for free from the IDOS website.

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  1. A pledge for a European digital strategy in Africa
    A pledge for a European digital strategy in Africa

    Erforth, Benedikt (2021)
    The Current Column, 08 February 2021

    Success or failure of a digital strategy will play out on the global stage, the EU’s strategy towards digital leadership must be decidedly outward-looking.

  2. COVID-19 vaccination for all!
    COVID-19 vaccination for all!

    Marschall, Paul / Christoph Strupat (2021)
    The Current Column, 01 February 2021

    To get a large proportion of the global population vaccinated against COVID-19, global solidarity between states in the global North and global South and between societal actors worldwide is necessary.

  3. Has the ‘Unsocial’ Social Contract perished in the Middle East?
    Has the ‘Unsocial’ Social Contract perished in the Middle East?

    El-Haddad, Amirah (2021)
    The Current Column, 25 January 2021

    Ten years into the Arab Spring, economic changes have been uneven. A transformation which distances the state from regime cronies, creating benefits for both informal workers and the unemployed is required.

  4. Time is ripe for a global democracy summit
    Time is ripe for a global democracy summit

    Leininger, Julia / Staffan I. Lindberg (2021)
    The Current Column, 19 January 2021

    We must turn around current autocratization trends and shield democracy. Learning from the past is then essential for making a global initiative for democracy protection successful.

  5. Undoing “America First” at the UN
    Undoing “America First” at the UN

    Hendra, John / Silke Weinlich (2021)
    The Current Column, 18 January 2021

    Biden has announced that “America is back”. To repair some of the damage at the UN, Biden already pledged to re-join the Paris climate change agreement and preserve American membership in, and financing to, the World Health Organisation (WHO)

  6. What role will research play in the “super year” 2021?
    What role will research play in the “super year” 2021?

    Hornidge, Anna-Katharina (2021)
    The Current Column, 11 January 2021

    2021 is going to become a historic turning point. Fight against Covid-19, recovery in economy and society, international environmental and climate policy.

  7. How the EU’s new Arctic policy should take account of the pandemic
    How the EU’s new Arctic policy should take account of the pandemic

    Götze Jacqueline / Dorothea Wehrmann (2020)
    The Current Column, 21 December 2020

    The EU, which will adopt a new Arctic policy next year as part of the European Green Deal, therefore needs to harness the current momentum for political cooperation if it is to mount an effective fight against the twin crises of coronavirus and climate in the Arctic and around the world.

  8. What to expect from a Biden administration in the MENA region
    What to expect from a Biden administration in the MENA region

    Trautner, Bernhard / Erin McCandless (2020)
    The Current Column, 18 December 2020

    The US President-elect Biden will not relieve Europe, especially Germany, of the responsibility to engage in the Middle East and North Africa in conflict settlement and development cooperation.

  9. The European Green Deal must turn global
    The European Green Deal must turn global

    Reiners, Wulf / Sven Grimm (2020)
    The Current Column, 14 December 2020

    One year ago, the European Union announced its intention to transform its economy towards sustainability. The European Green Deal is a strategy for Europe itself. Yet, to make it work, it will have to become global.

  10. Advancing the 2030 Agenda through municipal partnerships with the global South
    Advancing the 2030 Agenda through municipal partnerships with the global South

    Dick, Eva / Paul Marschall / Christopher Wingens (2020)
    The Current Column, 07 December 2020

    A growing number of municipalities are contributing directly to the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Leading the way on climate action, supporting fair trade and facilitating societal participation by migrants