Dynamic megatrends such as digitalisation, urbanisation, demographic change, climate change and growing inequalities will shape the lives of people on the African continent in the near future. Additionally, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic pose massive challenges for health and social systems, the economy, politics and society in Africa. These transnational challenges can only be addressed through global cooperation. The growing interest of China, India, Arab actors, Russia and others is changing the international environment for German and European cooperation with Africa. The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) examines how cooperation with Africa should be shaped in this context in order to promote a transformation towards sustainability and global common good-oriented policies.
The transformation towards sustainability will only succeed if the context conditions in society are conducive. Consequently, IDOS is researching the causes and patterns of social cohesion and polarization in Africa. At the same time, IDOS intends to develop scenarios for a socially and environmentally responsible transformation in the African economy. Research focuses on constellations of actors and cooperation approaches in a range of policy areas (e.g. economic, security and climate policy) as binding elements of societal, economic and environmental transformation.
Joint production of research and knowledge with African partners are central elements of research, policy advice and training conducted at IDOS. The research institution closely cooperates with the T20 Africa Standing Group, among others.
Together with African and international partners, Africa-related research at IDOS includes work on the following questions:
The COVID-19 pandemic and structural transformation in Africa: evidence for action
Leininger, Julia / Christoph Strupat / Yonas Adeto / Abebe Shimeles / Wilson Wasike (2021)
Discussion Paper 11/2021