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.
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Mross, Karina / Daniel Nowack / Julia Leininger (2020)
The Current Column, 11 September 2020
On 15 September, the world celebrates one of humanity’s greatest success models: democracy. Yet today, democracy finds itself under pressure from both internal and external forces, and there are now more autocracies than democracies in the world for the first time in almost 20 years. The international community must act now and engage in democracy protection.
Keijzer, Niels / Clara Brandi / Axel Berger / Frederik Stender (2020)
The Current Column, 07 September 2020
There is barely another region of the world in which the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed structural issues with global trade integration so clearly as in Africa. The continent’s exports had already been impacted negatively by price turbulence on the international commodities markets at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.
McCandless, Erin / Bernhard Trautner (2020)
The Current Column, 24 August 2020
The Pandemic has a potential upside for the conflict-affected countries in the Middle East and North Africa: building back better, more accountable states and resilient societies through inclusive social contracts.
Trautner, Bernhard / Mark Furness (2020)
The Current Column, 17 August 2020
While the explosion in Beirut may signify the failure of an ailing political system, international donors cannot create a new social contract for Lebanon. They should take care to avoid reinforcing traditional political and social structures through their support for Beirut’s reconstruction.
Hackenesch, Christine / Niels Keijzer / Julian Bergmann (2020)
The Current Column, 01 July 2020
Today sees Germany assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. In this crisis year 2020, Germany must now get the EU’s internal recovery plan off the ground and pave the way for a future of social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic success in the Union.
Sturm, Janina (2020)
The Current Column, 17 June 2020
The “Next Generation EU” recovery plan aims to mobilise 750 billion euros to help the EU emerge from the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Negotiation on the project are starting this Friday at the meeting of the European Council.
Högl, Maximilian / Christine Hackenesch / Daniel Stockemer (2020)
The Current Column, 15 June 2020
Whether it is US president Donald Trump, who initially talked down the risks of the Sars-CoV-2 virus for the US or Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, who dismissed the virus as a media trick and temporarily prevented the publication of infection numbers – right-wing populist governments are currently not distinguishing themselves through effective crisis management.