Briefing Paper (in German: Analysen und Stellungnahmen) are always four pages long and discuss ongoing and controversial issues in international relations. By including recommendations, the series primarily aims at policy makers, practitioners, and representatives of the (professional) media industry. Besides, the series is also open to everyone interested in developmental issues.
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This briefing addresses both the conceptual and the political underpinnings of a post-2015 accountability framework. It examines how key components of post-2015 accountability can be brought together in one coherent framework.
The international process towards universal sustainable development goals has entered its decisive phase. This briefing paper critically appraises the proposal that was recently tabled by an Open Working Group and identifies priorities for the forthcoming negotiations of the UN General Assembly.
Democracy is a highly valued policy goal for the West, but democracy support is feared to undermine another important goal, namely political stability. Our findings suggest that a gradualist approach that builds institutions while encouraging mobilization is more viable than sequencing.
Hydropower is globally the main source of renewable energy, and capacity expansion is planned. Hydropower’s role in mitigating climate change creates a dilemma: is hydropower desirable because of its low greenhouse gas emissions, or undesirable because of its local environmental and social impacts?
Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo / Rutgerd Boelens (2014)
In this article, we challenge the idea of PES as a panacea for environmental degradation and poverty, if its drawbacks are not taken into consideration. This paper contributes to bridging the gap between PES rapid political mainstreaming and the lack of understanding regarding PES social impacts.
There is a possibility that the development ministers of the OECD will agree on a new definition of official development assistance (ODA) at the end of 2014. The debate about a suitable new ODA definition covers the entire spectrum of development policy topics involving structural change.
Klingebiel, Stephan / Pedro Morazán / Mario Negre (2014)
EU commitments on coordination in development cooperation and current mechanisms offer a mixed picture on benefits and costs of EU coordination. The EU’s efforts related to aid coordination are not always accompanied with similar improvements at the national level of member states.
Janus, Heiner / Stephan Klingebiel / Sebastian Paulo (2014)
Currently, it is not clear what will replace traditional aid. Observers often speak about a beyond aid future. As an umbrella term, beyond aid describes different aspects of the transformation of development cooperation.
Environmental indicators provide crucial information about the state of the environment. Yet, the availability and quality of data remain poor in a large number of countries. Integrating environmental goals and targets in the post-2015 agenda requires efforts for data gathering and processing.
At a time of global economic crisis, donor agencies are under increasing pressure to provide evidence of the positive results of their work. This paper analyses the limitations and risks of using standard indicators to report on aggregate outputs and outcomes of interventions at agency level.