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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Socially responsible procurement is a powerful policy instruments municipalities can use to help realising the SDGs and limiting human rights violations in value chains. However, implementation is low. We present success factors and triggers to utilise this instrument more broadly.
Baumann, Max-Otto / Erik Lundsgaarde / Silke Weinlich (2020)
The United Nations development system and other multilateral organizations have increasingly been funded through earmarked contributions. This has implications for their ability to effectively and independently perform the functions member states’ expect of them.
Since 2014 Russian economic, political and security engagement in Africa has grown significantly. This policy brief analyses the motives and recent changes in Russia's Africa policy, and discusses implications for German and European cooperation with Africa.
An essential prerequisite for successfull policies is supportive behaviour of targeted populations. We present the Theory of Planned Behaviour which helps to systematically understand factors that influence human reactions and may support the design and implementation of development programmes.
Despite continued commitments, the French-German cooperation in international development remains rather opportunity- than strategy-driven. This Briefing Paper presents the major obstacles to a closer French-German cooperation and presents solutions.
La coopération franco-allemande en matière de développement international, malgré des engagements continus, reste plus opportuniste que stratégique. Ce Briefing Paper présente les principaux obstacles à une coopération franco-allemande renforcée et propose des solutions.
Berger, Axel / Sebastian Gsell / Zoryana Olekseyuk (2019)
This policy brief provides an overview of the emerging policy debate about investment facilitation. We highlight that four key challenges need to be tackled in order to negotiate an Investment Facilitation Framework (IFF) in the WTO that supports sustainable development
This paper discusses how a reconfiguration of the European development finance system could increase efficiency and sustainability. In this regard, the focus should be shifted from institutional to substantial considerations, including partner countries’ needs.
Castillejo, Clare / Eva Dick / Benjamin Schraven (2019)
Since 2015, the EU has significantly increased its efforts on preventing irregular migration from Africa. The paper examines the impact of this shift on free movement policies in two African sub-regions and indicates the reasons for significant differences in outcome.
The UN's Global Compact on Refugees agreed upon in 2018 calls for an enhanced local integration of refugees in their countries of destination. Implementation success significantly hinges on policy interests of subnational actors and area-based potentials and challenges of displacement.