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Political transition in the US – a tidal change for the Future of Globalisation? A collection of experts’ opinions

20. Januar 2021 - 14:09

Globalisation in the sense of increasing global connectedness has seen difficult times over the last years. The global financial crisis showed the vulnerability of our economic systems and middle classes. Multilateralism was challenged by “my country first” movements, not least so from the US, one of the godmother nations to the post-WWII world order. The other godmother, the UK, turned its back to the EU’s integration project. Furthermore, trade wars increased trade barriers and changed the setting for global production chains. And certainly in 2020, a global pandemic was (and is) most effectively curbed by the limitation of individual movements, often reducing cross-border linkages.

Challenges we can only tackle jointly did not receive the attention they’d require. The threat of climate change and a dramatic loss of biodiversity – in brief: managing limited resources on the common planet – saw interim respite, not least because of the aversion of the outgoing Trump administration against international cooperation in key fora such as the UNFCCC and the G20. These are, however, some of the root causes of the pandemic itself, with increasing occurrence of zoonosis in a human-shaped environment. The pandemic-related curbs on movement of people did reduced CO2 emissions to some extent and illustrated that clearer skies and waters are possible if governments and societies are willing to act. Yet, many societies are slipping back on years of social progress in a model that did not withstand the pressures of a pandemic.

With the inauguration of the Biden/Harris Administration, we might see a political tidal change in one of the key nations in the Northern world. Will the US return to the path of a promoter of international cooperation or will domestic issues hog the new Administration? Rebuilding the republic’s consensus will be an enormous challenge in the first place. How should other nations react to changes in the US? Where could, where should we see change in approaches to global challenges? We have asked leading experts from the US, China, South Africa, Argentina and Germany to assess the (changed) situation in key policy fields.

Sven Grimm and Axel Berger, editors of the Future of Globalisation Blog

Global engagement for development

Apart from wartime presidencies, a new US administration has rarely faced a more adverse set of domestic and global challenges on day one. An uncontrolled pandemic is killing thousands every day, the associated recession is leading to sustained job losses and declines in household income, a large share of the population believes falsehoods about the legitimacy of American democracy, and relations with the international community and other major powers like China and Europe are at a historic low. In the international development sphere, the Trump administration was by turns absent or belligerent, seeking repeatedly to cut budgets, scale back multilateral engagement – particularly with the World Health Organization, and – within USAID – appoint political activists to divide aid between enemies and friends, and to patrol against reproductive health measures they didn’t like. There is much to repair.

The Biden administration now enters with a decisive electoral victory, a mandate for policy change, and a science-based plan to battle COVID-19. Low borrowing costs and deficit reduction on the backburner mean that this could be an Administration with the wherewithal to deliver a rapid recovery if vaccine delivery scales up quickly and domestic political wars calm. There are the quick, positive actions announced for day one – rejoining the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accords, contributing to the global effort to immunize in low-income countries, nominating Ambassador Samantha Powers to head USAID and sit on the National Security Council.

Yet whether these moves will be accompanied by policy coherence and significant financial support to the UN system, the MDB, and low- and middle-income country governments depends on the speed of recovery at home and the bandwidth of a new set of policymakers dealing with the mess left behind. Few Americans are in the mood to share surplus vaccine when less than 1% are vaccinated to date. Likewise, the urgent multilateral development bank and UN replenishment requests have thus far gone unremarked by the transition team and will require a look across the asks to establish priorities and viable requests to Congressional budget appropriators. No clear direction has been set with regards to the Trump-nominated leadership of the World Bank and the IDB. At USAID, even with new elevated leadership, old problems and ambiguities are likely to persist. USAID’s Congressional budget earmarks saved spending levels on global health, humanitarian aid and economic assistance during the Trump administration, but their persistence also means that the space to innovate, change strategy or invest more in multilaterals and the UN is limited in the absence of increasing the overall envelope. Newer agencies like the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the US Development Finance Corporation continue to operate in parallel to USAID and their fit into the overall development strategy remains unclear. Global challenges like global health security and climate change demand action and funding that cut across multiple departments and sectors – and the US has not yet defined how these operate as part of development and aid, and how they operate vis a vis domestic policies and agencies. And so much of the US conversation on aid and development, and the UN system, has been dominated by anti-Chinese sentiment ahead of any other justification. And who will lead and decide on these matters?

While much remains to be seen, at least hope is on the horizon.

Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice-President, CEO of CGD Europe, and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD)

‘Alternative Facts’ – Parallel Universes and the Presidency of Joe Biden

Questions such as what constitutes a ‘fact’, how ‘realities’ come into being and what ‘truth’ can legitimately be regarded as such, stand at the centre of phenomenology, philosophy and the sociology of knowledge. And yet, no sociologist of knowledge has fuelled the debate as controversially as Donald Trump, the 45th US-President. His national and foreign policy, from the moment of his inauguration, was accompanied and guided by ‘alternative facts’ – about the size of the crowd attending the ceremony, racial injustice in US-society, the nature of global climate change, to the scope of COVID19 as threat to citizens’ lives. ‘Alternative facts’ thus created space for, and contributed to the shaping of, ‘alternative realities’, tainted narrations of reality that divide rather than unify, that discriminate rather than respect diversity.

Dan Rather writes, facts and truths are the bedrock of democracy. The democratic fight is not possible if it is built on lies, deception and ‘fake news’. The Biden administration nevertheless inherits a machinery of ‘truth production’ that has to remind itself of how to decipher different readings of reality, and violations of the same. Bringing science back to Washington”, as explicitly stated by Joe Biden, is a much needed necessity. Insights from natural to social and human sciences yet, in addition, require careful consideration based on democratic values, human rights and the political will of building a socially just future, within the limits of our planet.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, choose your advisors well! The world expects from you reason rather than vanity, foresight rather than ostracism and integrity rather than shame.

Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of  the German Development Institute Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Zero carbon emissions – An opportunity for the Biden Administration take the lead and demonstrate carbon neutrality

Carbon emitted from fossil fuel combustion is not a necessity good for human society.  On the contrary, it is a common bad. But the reduction of carbon emissions has been painfully slow since the start of negotiation under the UN Convention on Climate Change. The challenges come from, among others, climate equity concern, cost to the economy, technological barriers to zero carbon energy transformation, and the like. Some are real such as transitional cost from high carbon to zero carbon energy systems as it is a long process and we cannot get there in one step. Others might have been true in the past but not anymore. What we need is development, not the emission of carbon. Rapid technological progress has made zero carbon energy service more competitive than fossil fuels in many cases. Therefore, carbon equity should be translated into carbon opportunity. In China for example, the cost of one kilowatt solar PV electricity can be as low as one US cent.

It is good for the Unites States to be back to the Paris Agreement process. Under the Trump Administration, the US federal government was negative to climate actions but the market did not seem to follow. As a matter of fact, the statistics show that carbon emissions in the US has been decreasing both in aggregate and in per capita terms. The Ex-President said that coal is clean but the market responded that over 10 GW capacity of coal fired thermal power retired each year on average.  Zero carbon energy and zero carbon products like purely electric vehicles and batteries are highly advanced in the US. US leadership in global climate regime building is key to the success of reaching Paris goals. Cooperation among the developed countries and between the developing and developed countries will help the transformation of the global development into sustainability, which will in turn benefits all the nations, including the US.

Pan Jiahua, Member of the Academic Board, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Director, Institute of Eco-civilization Studies, Beijing University of Technology

US’s relations with Africa

Joe Biden’s election was welcomed in many (although not all) parts of the world. It signalled a return to a more ‘normal’ and predictable diplomatic engagement. Yet, Africa is under no illusions that relations will be smooth.

Biden’s campaign commitments have emphasised democracy, governance and anti-corruption as key pillars in his foreign policy, as well as protecting the US’s economic future. These present opportunities but also areas of friction, not least among African elites, who have been instrumental in shrinking the democratic space in many countries. African civil society movements can expect support, although US resources may be limited. Biden has also signalled that he will lead efforts against illicit tax havens. This is a potential area of cooperation with African states, and one which South Africa and the AU have championed both at the G20 and the UN.

Africa has an interest in the reinvigoration of global governance institutions such as the World Trade Organisation, and its dispute settlement mechanism, as well as the resolution of the impasse surrounding the appointment of the new director general, former Nigerian finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The AU and African countries will be looking carefully at how the Biden administration engages with the numerous conflicts on the continent and how they cooperate with the AU processes and in the UN. The appointment of a former assistant secretary of state for Africa as UN ambassador, bodes well for a potentially constructive relationship.

Lastly, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, the WHO and support of health institutions such as the African CDC with its important role in the continental response to COVID, and which the US helped establish, are likely to feature high on the Biden agenda and as opportunities for cooperation.

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

The Biden Administration and Trade

When President Joe Biden takes office, he will have the wreckage of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to deal with. All three core functions of the WTO – negotiation, dispute settlement, and transparency – are in varying degrees of disrepair. This sorry state of trade multilateralism derives partly from the actions of the Trump administration (e.g. unilaterally launched trade wars, blocking of the appointment/re-appointment of members of the WTO’s Appellate Body). Given Biden’s commitment to multilateral cooperation, expectations are high that the new administration will help restore the workings and credibility of the WTO. But a swift back-to-normal approach would be counter-productive. The problems of trade multilateralism have deep roots, and kneejerk reversals of Trumpian policy will not help solve them.

The Biden team has consistently and rightly signaled that it takes the issue of increasing inequality within its own society seriously, and also the geoeconomic threat posed by China. This makes it likely that the administration will, while pushing for multilateral cooperation, also seek a fundamental update of the rules of trade (in terms of both domestic and security implications). This will not be an easy task. Avid free traders will balk at a reform of the system in this direction. The European Union, by agreeing in principle to the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, has signaled its disregard for Biden’s declared offer to work jointly on China; in so doing, it has already made the new administration’s task much harder. Biden himself will have to resist domestic and international pressures to find quick fixes through bilateral deals with China and other players. But if team Biden plays its cards right, working closely in cooperation with like-minded allies, this could be a tremendous opportunity to reboot the WTO and make trade multilateralism meaningful again.

Amrita Narlikar, President, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

International finance

The pandemic upsurge was brutal, but economic policy avoided a credit crunch as well as a banking crisis. Finance was an early stabilizer, indeed. Credit creation will help a rapid real recovery (and save emerging markets). Extraordinary fiscal and monetary support must stay until the war on Covid-19 is won. However, finance might not be on a sustainable track as debt accumulation defies the law of gravity, helped by very low or negative interest rates. Ultra-low rates are due to the world´s ample spectrum of fragilities but underpin excesses in risk-taking and financial assets valuations. Meanwhile, digital money and finance have arrived, both a threat and an opportunity, while climate change knocks at the door. Expect vast transformation in the years to come.

The Biden/Harris Administration arrives with sensible policy promises: strong urgent fiscal stimulus and vaccination plans, an experienced and trustful economic team led by Janet Yellen, within a moderate Cabinet, a multilateralist approach with a firm though not adversarial international agenda, the re-joining of the Paris Accord, among others. Will the US go back to (pre-Trump) normal? Rebuilding trust abroad (and at home) might not be so easy. The world has learned its lesson and changed, too. International finance will welcome guidance from the new Administration on issues that are outside its exclusive turf. Clear definitions on controversial topics like trade, digital regulation and taxation, investment transfer, security, clean energy, and, especially, relations with China will be extremely informative for action.

José Siaba Serrate, Counsellor and Member of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI)

Multilateral cooperation

Joe Biden faces high expectations abroad for an end to “America First” – a contempt for multilateralism that translated into the undermining of the United Nations (UN), confrontations with geopolitical rivals, disdain for allies, a refusal to help tackle pressing global problems, but also wide scale, and often wild, unpredictability. 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). He vowed to restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Biden also indicated he would sign up to the “30 X 30” pledge to protect 30% of land and ocean by 2030, a key element of the upcoming UN Summit to reverse biodiversity loss. Running for re-election in the UN Human Rights Council as pledged will signal not only renewed global American commitment to human rights at a time of domestic racial unrest. It also means American re-engagement with one of the UN’s most necessary, yet imperfect, institutions given the extraordinary deterioration in respect for human rights in so many places around the globe.

The ongoing pandemic response and recovery work at the UN awaits full US support, be it in the Security Council to take up the security implications of COVID-19 and its multifaceted consequences or through the UN development system which has been providing valuable assistance to many countries’ socio-economic responses. As the Biden Administration puts its highest domestic priority on battling the pandemic in part through accelerated roll-out of vaccines, it will also be critical that it joins the COVAX Facility – the global coalition to make accessible a COVID-19 vaccine for those in greatest need. It remains unclear to date whether there will again be US financial support for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), how the new Administration will deal with its extensive accumulated arrears or whether the US will re-join the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Re-engaging with the UN, however, will require more heavy lifting than many had first predicted. Given the fragile social and democratic fabric in the US, it is not unlikely that the domestic support necessary for a more robust internationalism will prove difficult to achieve, even with a slim majority in Congress.

[the contribution by Weinlich and Hendra is an abridged version of a Current Column, click here for the full version]

Silke Weinlich, Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

John Hendra, former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Associate Researcher with the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Der Beitrag Political transition in the US – a tidal change for the Future of Globalisation? A collection of experts’ opinions erschien zuerst auf International Development Blog.

Global middle class consumers, global responsibility

16. Dezember 2020 - 13:00

As households move out of poverty, their spending patterns change. From a human development perspective, this is good and important, but changing consumer behaviour may result in significantly more CO2 emissions. The lifestyles of growing global middle classes decide whether this happens.

The global middle classes consume an enormous amount of goods and services already: in 2015, a third of the global market could be attributed to them.

The trend points clearly upwards. Middle class consumption is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, especially in Asian countries, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, and businesses are preparing for this to happen. Projection curves for Latin America and Sub-Sahara Africa rise less steeply as the middle classes are smaller in numbers. In these regions, middle class consumption growth depends on the country you look at.

In Ghana, Peru and the Philippines, more and more families can afford what most of the OECD world enjoys: have a car, fly somewhere on holiday or use all types of home appliances. The upper urban middle classes in these countries have a lifestyle that quickly becomes as carbon-intensive as in “the North”, as our research shows.

Of course, industry, energy and transport sectors account for more carbon emissions than individual consumers. But for whom do these sectors exist and manufacture products? The demand-supply equation is the hen and egg problem of economic policy – and of climate policy. The carbon intensive consumer behaviour of the growing middle classes worldwide is not just a side-track of climate protection.

Is the division of responsibilities in the climate negotiations still up to date?

The global climate negotiations are guided by the principle of common, but differentiated responsibilities. In a nutshell, it means that there is a remaining global carbon budget that we need to share fairly to reach the 2°C target. What is fair and how exactly the sharing should happen are highly controversial and emotionally charged questions.

How do we define “developed”? Who has the right to catch up on development? Whole countries, as of now? Or is it rather about belonging to a global middle class with current consumption patterns? To integrate consumer behaviour and inequality within countries more strongly would imply making the principle of common, but differentiated responsibilities more dynamic.

The right to develop should not imply unsustainable lifestyles. In spite of all historical debts, time is running out for all humankind. Moreover, there are enough tangible reasons to start producing, constructing and consuming more sustainably right in front of one’s own doorstep. Once you’ve been stuck in Manila traffic for four hours, you’ll see the point. There is no planet B – and no Manila B.

Economic development and consumption are very dynamic, speaking in favour of a dynamic allocation mechanism: a country’s development level, the relative shares of emissions according to economic structure, living standard and consumer behaviour of households – patterns change quickly. If carbon budgets were allocated per country, and local middle classes and elites take a big share of that carbon budget, the question of fairness actually shifts from the global to the local level. This already applies to many middle income countries.

Support consistency in sustainable consumer behaviour worldwide

Worldwide, lifestyles are neither fully good nor fully bad when it comes to sustainability. Hardly anyone behaves completely environmentally friendly or in exclusively harmful ways for the global climate. The middle classes in Accra and Lima also have fairly high environmental concern and environmental knowledge related to climate change, as our research shows. Low-cost, easy-entry behaviours to sustainability are being practiced there as well – turning off lights and TV when not in use or avoiding or reusing plastic bags. Regarding costlier, large-scale behaviours, it is a completely different story, for example using public transport or sharing a ride instead of buying a car. Sound familiar?

It is reassuring that humans around the world roughly function in the same way. However, from a planetary perspective, it unfortunately also means that we all come with vices and flaws – and produce similar problems wherever we are on the planet. Small-scale, low-cost sustainable behaviours make up only a tiny fraction of the carbon footprint. Being environmentally concerned does not automatically mean acting environmentally friendly.

More consistency in sustainable behaviours requires clear economic and political incentives as well as attractive alternatives to current lifestyles, such as climate-friendly infrastructure. Climate-friendly consumption has to become first cool, then “the new normal”. For everyone who belongs to the global middle class already or aims to be part of it – no matter if in Berlin, Lima or Manila.

As a New Years’ resolve, let’s think about what all of us in the global middle class could do in everyday life to make our lifestyles a bit more sustainable!

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Geschützt: Miteinander Reden: Kommunikation mit dem Markt für eine nachhaltige öffentliche Beschaffung

15. Dezember 2020 - 14:46

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High-level event on the future of European development policy against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic

15. Dezember 2020 - 12:01

Screenshot: Christine Hackenesch, Martin Jäger, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Koen Doens, Teresa Ribeiro

At the end of the German Council Presidency, a public, high-level online panel discussion took place on 14 December 2020 on the subject of „The German Council Presidency and the future of European development policy„. State Secretary Martin Jäger (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ), Koen Doens (General Director of DG DEVCO), Teresa Ribeiro (State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portugal) and Dr. Fatima Denton (Director, UNU Institute for Natural Resources, Ghana) had a lively discussion moderated by Dr. Christine Hackenesch of DIE. Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Director DIE) opened the event.

The focus of the discussion was on the successes and challenges of the Council Presidency to find an appropriate global EU response to the Covid-19 pandemic and to ensure coordinated European action. It became clear that the “Team Europe” approach is central to the effective coordination of European development policy in the context of the pandemic. During the upcoming Portuguese presidency, the topics of health, education, green transformation, “working better together” and cooperation with middle-income countries will be important priorities.

Panellists also discussed about the future orientation of European development policy. It became clear that in an increasingly multipolar world order characterized by geopolitical rivalries, international partnerships must be strengthened. For the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the global sustainability transformation, co-creation of knowledge and policy solutions with partners from the Global South is central. European development policy will thereby need to put more emphasis on future topics such as climate change, digitization and increasing inequality.

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Hochrangige Veranstaltung zur Zukunft der europäischen Entwicklungspolitik vor dem Hintergrund der Covid-19 Pandemie

15. Dezember 2020 - 11:59

Screenshot: Christine Hackenesch, Martin Jäger, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Koen Doens, Teresa Ribeiro

Zum Ende der deutschen Ratspräsidentschaft fand am 14.12.2020 eine öffentliche, hochrangige online Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema „Die deutsche Ratspräsidentschaft und die Zukunft der europäischen Entwicklungspolitik“ statt. Mit dabei waren Staatssekretär Martin Jäger (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, BMZ), Koen Doens (Generaldirektor der GD DEVCO), Teresa Ribeiro (Staatssekretärin für auswärtige Angelegenheiten und Zusammenarbeit, Portugal) und Dr. Fatima Denton (Direktorin, UNU Institute for Natural Resources, Ghana). Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Direktorin, DIE) eröffnete die Veranstaltung. Dr. Christine Hackenesch (Programmleitung, DIE) moderierte die Veranstaltung.

Im Zentrum der Diskussion standen die Erfolge und Herausforderungen der Ratspräsidentschaft eine angemessene globale Antwort der EU auf die Covid-19 Pandemie zu finden, und hierbei ein abgestimmtes europäisches Handeln sicherzustellen. Es wurde deutlich, dass der „Team-Europe“-Ansatz zentral ist für eine effektive Koordinierung europäischer Entwicklungspolitik im Kontext der Pandemie. Während der portugiesischen Präsidentschaft werden die Weiterentwicklung des Team-Europe-Ansatzes, die Themen Gesundheit, Bildung, grüne Transformation und Kooperation mit Mitteleinkommensländern im Fokus stehen.

Die Panellist*innen diskutierten auch über die langfristige Gestaltung und inhaltliche Ausrichtung der europäischen Entwicklungspolitik. Die Panellist*innen argumentierten, dass in einer zunehmend multipolaren und von geopolitischen Rivalitäten geprägten Weltordnung internationale Partnerschaften gestärkt werden müssen. Für die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und der globalen Nachhaltigkeitstransformation ist insbesondere die gemeinsame Ausarbeitung von Lösungsansätzen mit Partnerländern („co-creation“) zentral. Europäische Entwicklungspolitik sollte die entscheidenden Zukunftsthemen Klimawandel, Digitalisierung und die wachsende Ungleichheit stärker in den Blick nehmen.

Der Beitrag Hochrangige Veranstaltung zur Zukunft der europäischen Entwicklungspolitik vor dem Hintergrund der Covid-19 Pandemie erschien zuerst auf International Development Blog.

Looking back at the first digital MGG Academy in 2020

15. Dezember 2020 - 8:08


Corona has evidentially changed the world as we know it and pushed us out of our comfort zone to develop new solutions to tackle new challenges. This also included the MGG Academy, which usually takes place as a four-month dialogue and trainings programme at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn.

Instead of traveling to Bonn, 24 young professionals from China, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Europe embarked on 17 August 2020 on a digital learning journey into the world of international cooperation and sustainable development. While the switch to digital collaboration in itself is already a challenge and meant experiencing an unknown world of MS Teams, Zoom, Mural and many other digital tools, the Academy team had to develop innovative solutions to overcome additional structural burdens, which were caused by the need to incorporate 8 different time zones. This meant that the synchronous working-time, when all participants could come together simultaneously, was very limited and thus, resulted in a part-time programme with asynchronous and self-organized smaller learning-units.

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Despite these structural and general challenges, the Academy was able to find innovative ways to connect, work, co-create and enjoy the MGG culture with the participants. The digital space offered the opportunity to include a plethora of different voices and diverse perspectives from all over the world (39 speakers in total), which would not have been possible in a physical format. Additionally, the participants connected over sharing their country specific contexts and realities, as everyone continued their “normal” life next to the Academy amidst a global pandemic. These shared experiences resulted in a momentum and were an “unexpected gift”. It allowed us to achieve something big, while we were finding new ways of connecting with each other. We started passion projects and impact networks that now, for the first time, were created in a digital rather than a physical space, which means it is far more likely that we will be able to continue working together well after the academy has concluded” (Serusha Govender, participant of the MGG Academy 2020).

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The desire to meet face-to-face one day was persistent throughout the Academy and we are convinced that physical programmes will not and cannot be replaced entirely through digital alternatives. Nevertheless, the participant’s concluded at the end of their digital MGG journey in December, that “to us, having participated in the Academy means, we are prepared for the future of global collaboration in the virtual space. The Academy helped us to become change makers who are aware of the challenges and opportunities of working together digitally” (Frauke Rinelli, participant of the MGG Academy 2020).

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Rückblick auf die erste digitale MGG Academy

15. Dezember 2020 - 8:06


Corona hat die Welt verändert und uns alle gezwungen, unsere Komfort-Zone zu verlassen. Wir mussten lernen, Lösungen für neuartige Herausforderungen zu entwickeln. Das gilt auch für die MGG Academy, die normalerweise als ein viermonatiges Dialog- und Fortbildungsprogramm am Deutschen Institut für Entwicklungspolitik in Bonn stattfindet.

In diesem Jahr sind die Teilnehmer*innen – 24 ausgewählte Nachwuchsführungskräfte aus Brasilien, China, Europa, Indien, Indonesien, Mexiko und Südafrika – nicht nach Bonn gereist, sondern haben stattdessen am 17. August 2020 ihre digitale Lernreise in die Welt der internationalen Kooperation und nachhaltigen Entwicklung angetreten. Dafür musste nicht nur überlegt werden, wie die digitale Zusammenarbeit mit Werkzeugen wie MS Teams, Zoom und Mural gestaltet werden kann. Viel herausfordernder war die Überwindung struktureller Probleme, die sich aus der Verteilung der Teilnehmenden über acht Zeitzonen ergeben. Weil die Zeitfenster für das gemeinsame Arbeiten der Teilnehmenden sehr knapp und kostbar waren, wurde ein Teilzeitprogramm mit vielen asynchronen und eigenständig organisierten Lerneinheiten entwickelt.

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Nach Abschluss der Academy Anfang Dezember lässt sich sagen, dass es trotz dieser strukturellen Herausforderungen gelungen ist, Räume zu schaffen, in denen die Teilnehmenden kreativ miteinander arbeiteten, sich einander verbunden fühlten, und durch Co-Creation die sogenannte MGG Kultur erlebten. Das digitale Format ermöglichte es außerdem, eine Vielzahl von Stimmen und Perspektiven aus aller Welt einzubinden (insgesamt 39 Referent*innen), was in einem Präsenzprogramm in diesem Umfang nicht möglich gewesen wäre. Da alle während der Academy noch ihrem “normalen” Leben im eigenen Land während einer globalen Pandemie nachgingen, konnten die Teilnehmenden die länderspezifischen Kontexte der anderen direkter miterleben.  Die so geteilten Erfahrungen schufen ein Momentum, welches ein “unerwartetes Geschenk” war: “It allowed us to achieve something big, while we were finding new ways of connecting with each other. We started passion projects and impact networks that now for the first time were created in a digital rather than a physical space which means it is far more likely that we will able to continue working together well after the academy has concluded” (Serusha Govender, Teilnehmende der MGG Academy 2020).

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Natürlich war der Wunsch, sich persönlich zu treffen, während der gesamten Academy präsent. Präsenzprogramme können auch in Zukunft nicht gänzlich durch digitale Alternativen ersetzt werden. Doch die Teilnahme an der digitalen Academy hat auch Vorteile, wie eine Teilnehmerin in der Abschlussrede zusammenfasste: “to us, having participated in the Academy means, we are prepared for the future of global collaboration in the virtual space. The Academy helped us to become change makers who are aware of the challenges and opportunities of working together digitally” (Frauke Rinelli, participant of the MGG Academy 2020).

Der Beitrag Rückblick auf die erste digitale MGG Academy erschien zuerst auf International Development Blog.

Imme Scholz discusses with association representatives at the second Geman HLPF conference

15. Dezember 2020 - 7:35

The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) of the United Nations dedicates itself every year to the state of implementation of 2030 Agenda  and specifically to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the second year in a row, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) have been organizing a „German HLPF Conference“ to link the discussions on the German sustainability strategy with the debates at the United Nations.

On 2 December 2020, Prof Dr Imme Scholz, Deputy Director at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) took part in the second German HLPF conference, which was entitled „On the way to the Decade of Action 2020-2030: Which paths lead us to sustainable development?”. The representatives of the development and environmental policy associations, the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) and the Confederation of German Industry (BDI), discussed very controversially, whether the German sustainability strategy is already convincingly advocating transformative public action and whether it also provides sufficiently clear incentives for changes in the economy and labour markets, both in Germany and in transnational supply chains.

On a podium with Maja Göpel (The New Institute) and Klaus Milke (Germanwatch / Foundations 20), Imme Scholz addressed the consideration that sustainability crises (climate/ corona) make new demands on the commitment to the common good. This obligation should be reflected in the actions of the government, the parliaments, the individual citizens, and in economic life. It was not enough to focus on the common good of one’s own country, but the welfare of the global community and future generations must also be promoted. Finding a fair balance between current and future interests is difficult in Germany, too, said Scholz.

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Imme Scholz diskutiert auf der zweiten deutschen HLPF-Konferenz mit Verbandsvertreter*innen

15. Dezember 2020 - 7:33

Das High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) der Vereinten Nationen widmet sich jedes Jahr dem Stand der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung und spezifischen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Seit zwei Jahren veranstalten das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) und das Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU) eine “deutsche HLPF-Konferenz“, um die Diskussionen zur deutschen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie mit den Debatten bei den Vereinten Nationen zu verbinden.

Am 02.12.2020 nahm Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz, stellvertretende Direktorin am Deutschen Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), hierzu an der zweiten deutschen HLPF-Konferenz teil, die unter der Überschrift „Auf dem Weg in die Aktionsdekade 2020-2030: Welche Pfade führen uns in eine nachhaltige Entwicklung?“ stand. Die Vertreter*innen der entwicklungs- bzw. umweltpolitischen Verbände, des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (DGB) und des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) diskutierten sehr kontrovers, ob sich die deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie bereits überzeugend für transformatives öffentliches Handeln stark mache und ob damit auch ausreichend klare Anreize für Veränderungen in der Wirtschaft und auf den Arbeitsmärkten gesetzt seien, sowohl in Deutschland als auch in transnationalen Lieferketten.

Auf einem Podium mit Maja Göpel (The New Institute) und Klaus Milke (Germanwatch / Foundations 20) stellte Imme Scholz die Überlegung zur Diskussion, dass Nachhaltigkeitskrisen (Klima, Corona) neue Anforderungen an die Verpflichtung gegenüber dem Gemeinwohl stellen. Diese Verpflichtung müsste sich im Handeln der Regierung, der Parlamente niederschlagen, der einzelnen Bürger*innen und im Wirtschaftsleben. Es reiche dabei nicht aus, sich auf das Gemeinwohl des eigenen Landes zu konzentrieren, sondern es müsse auch das Wohl der globalen Gemeinschaft und zukünftiger Generationen befördert werden. Einen gerechten Ausgleich zwischen Gegenwarts- und Zukunftsinteressen zu finden, falle auch in Deutschland schwer.

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News from SDSN Germany

14. Dezember 2020 - 16:12
Launch of the 2020 Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR) by SDSN & IEEP

On 8 December 2020, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)  launched the 2020 Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR). was . After the well-received first edition last year, this year’s report sheds a light on the challenges for the EU and international cooperation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal against the background of the COVID-19-pandemic and its socio-economic impact.

At the same time, the SDGs are now more important than ever as they provide the sound and promising framework to guide the European response to the crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Next Generation EU recovery package as well as the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027) offer the chance to put Europe’s recovery and future on a sustainable path.

The 2020 ESDR with the SDG Index & Dashboards provide an overview for the EU and member states and gives recommendations to strengthen the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the EU Green Deal in Europe and beyond.

The virtual launch event with almost 200 participants was moderated by Conny Czymoch with opening remarks by Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Parliamentary State Secretary; German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety) and Dr. Maria Flachsbarth (Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation)

Guillaume Lafortune (Director, SDSN Paris) and Eloise Bodin (Policy Analyst, IEEP) presented the results of the 2020 ESDR, followed by the panel discussion with inputs by Heidi Hautala (Member and Vice-President of the European Parliament), Ester Asin (Director, WWF European Policy Office), Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) & Co-Chair, SDSN Germany) and Peter Schmidt (President, Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, EESC) and closing remarks by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (President, SDSN).

Press release

2020 ESDR (incl. interactive maps, EU & country profiles, data explorer:

Contact: Janina Sturm, SDSN Germany

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Neues von SDSN Germany

14. Dezember 2020 - 16:11
Vorstellung des 2020 Europe Sustainable Development Report (2020 ESDR) von SDSN & IEEP

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Am 8. Dezember 2020 veröffentlichten SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) & IEEP (Institute for European Environmental Policy) den 2020 Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR). Nachdem der ESDR erstmals im vergangenen Jahr veröffentlicht wurde, steht der diesjährige Bericht im Licht der COVID-19-Pandemie und den sozioökonomischen Auswirkungen, welche die EU und die internationale Kooperation vor große Herausforderungen mit Blick auf die Erreichung der Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), des Pariser Klimaabkommens und des Europäischen Green Deals stellen. Gleichzeitig sind die SDGs wichtiger denn je, da sie einen Rahmen vorgeben zur Gestaltung der Europäischen Antwort auf die Krise infolge der COVID-19-Pandemie. Der Aufbauplan #NextGenerationEU und der nächste Mehrjährige Finanzrahmen (MFR, 2021-2027) bieten die Chance, Europas Wiederaufbau und Zukunft auf eine nachhaltige Weise zu gestalten.

Der 2020 ESDR einschließlich SDG Index & Dashboards gibt einen aktuellen Überblick für die EU und die Mitgliedstaaten und Empfehlungen zur Stärkung der Umsetzung der  Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung und des Europäischen Green Deals in Europa und darüber hinaus.

Die virtuelle Veranstaltung zur erstmaligen Vorstellung des Berichtes mit knapp 200 Teilnehmer*innen wurde von Conny Czymoch moderiert und mit Grußbotschaften von Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin, BMU) und Dr. Maria Flachsbarth (Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin, BMZ) eröffnet.

Daran anschließend stellten Guillaume Lafortune (Director, SDSN Paris) und Eloise Bodin (Policy Analyst, IEEP) die Ergebnisse des 2020 ESDR vor.

Heidi Hautala (Mitglied und Vizepräsidentin des Europäischen Parlaments), Ester Asin (Direktorin, WWF European Policy Office), Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Direktorin, German Development Institute & Co-Vorsitzende, SDSN Germany) und Peter Schmidt (Präsident, Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, EESC) reagierten auf die Vorstellung des Berichts mit Impulsbeiträgen in der Paneldiskussion, an die Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (President, SDSN) mit einem abschließenden Beitrag anknüpfte.


Den Bericht (inkl. Interactive Maps, EU & Country Profiles & Data Explorer) finden Sie online unter:

Kontakt: Janina Sturm, SDSN Germany

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PRODIGEES – Research, Training, and Staff Exchange on Digitalisation and Sustainability amid Covid-19

14. Dezember 2020 - 16:09


Staff exchange projects are amongst the casualties of 2020’s pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions. The Promoting Research on Digitalisation in Emerging Powers and Europe Towards Sustainable Development (PRODIGEES) ( project proves to be a powerful and encouraging exception. PRODIGEES, which receives funding from the European Union through Horizon 2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA-RISE), is coordinated by DIE, harnessing its Managing Global Governance (MGG) network to strengthen knowledge cooperation between Europe and non-European research institutes. PRODIGEES’ value was highlighted in an issue of DIE’s Current Column in April 2020.

PRODIGEES hosted its kickoff meeting on 30th March, coinciding with the lockdown measures being imposed across Europe. Instead of taking place in Berlin, the conference was hosted virtually, balancing time zones and new conferencing etiquette. This gave the project’s Steering Committee the ability to take immediate action. Within two months the Consortium agreed to adapt the original secondment plan, onboard new partners, and thereby mitigate the risks posed by the national and international reactions to COVID-19. DIE contacted PRODIGEES’ Project Officer in Brussels, setting in motion a contingency plan to stabilise the project through the uncertainties of the pandemic.

Before the initial lockdown, PRODIGEES piloted its program in January with a research secondment performed by Prof. Dr. Ingrid Schneider of the University of Hamburg. While the pandemic brought exchanges to a standstill, the PRODIGEES team used Prof. Schneider’s experience to further develop its programme. Since then, the Steering Committee has postponed all secondments until 2021, with the exception of two researchers arriving to Germany from Instituto Mora in Mexico City.  Still, PRODIGEES hosted an event in October for its Transnational Open Access Training, taking the form of an academic module on Sustainable Digitalisation for DIE’s virtual MGG Academy.

Research on sustainable digitalisation is imperative, as more of our work and social lives take place online, and as the pandemic exploits inequalities around the globe. Data privacy and protection is a topic of strong concern, with each country and each organization deciding for themselves how to balance efficiency and convenience with privacy and security. Ingrid Schneider’s PRODIGEES publication, “Democratic Governance of Digital Platforms and Artificial Intelligence?”, speaks to the power struggle between regional models of data procurement and ownership.

Data privacy is only one of the project’s subject areas. PRODIGEES research is split between two main work packages, “Governance and Society” and “Economy and Environment”. These wide umbrellas inspire a diverse range of research topics with local to global foci. Topics range from big data collection in India, blockchain use in Brazil, the Internet of Things for sustainable development in Indonesia, artificial intelligence in climate mitigation and the list goes on among over 80 different research projects.

The ‘digital divide’ was the theme of Dr. Carlos Dominguez’ PRODIGEES research when he seconded to Germany from Instituto Mora this fall. In lieu of Horizon 2020’s pandemic regulations, and due to DIE’s own coronavirus measures, Dr. Dominguez came to Germany but did not perform all of his research within the halls of DIE. As most of DIE staff, he performed his research partly remotely and converted his PRODIGEES workshop, “Digital, but still Unequal: the challenges of digitalisation for emerging powers – Mexico” into a virtual workshop. The virtual workshop used social theories to explore the concept of the ‘digital divide’ in categories such as capital, education, labor skills and cultural production. Using innovative tools such as Zoom’s breakout rooms and Mural’s collaborative boards, Dr. Dominguez demonstrated the power of digitalisation in overcoming some of the barriers raised by COVID-19.

The coronavirus may have impeded PRODIGEES’ initial momentum, but the European Commission’s flexibility for Horizon 2020 projects allowed the quick-acting network to retain the integrity of its mission.

In an age when digital tools hold great promise and great risk, and when a pandemic has made us all more digitally dependent, PRODIGEES research remains more pertinent and more necessary than ever.

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PRODIGEES – Forschung, Ausbildung und Personalaustausch zu Digitalisierung und Nachhaltigkeit inmitten von Covid-19

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Personalaustauschprojekte waren im Jahr 2020 in besonderer Weise von Lockdown-Maßnahmen und Reisebeschränkungen betroffen nicht wenige mussten auf Grund der notwendigen Beschränkungen eingestellt werden. Das Projekt Promoting Research on Digitalisation in Emerging Powers and Europe Towards Sustainable Development (PRODIGEES) ( kann als Beispiel einer ermutigenden Ausnahme betrachtet werden. PRODIGEES, das von der Europäischen Union über das Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA-RISE) von Horizont 2020 finanziert und vom DIE koordiniert wird, nutzt das Managing Global Governance (MGG) Netzwerk, um die Wissenskooperation zwischen Europa und außereuropäischen Forschungseinrichtungen zu stärken. Der Wert des Projektes wurde bereits in einer Ausgabe der Aktuellen Kolumne des DIE im April 2020 dargestellt.

PRODIGEES veranstaltete sein Kickoff-Meeting am 30. März, zeitgleich mit den europaweit verhängten Lockdown-Maßnahmen. Die Konferenz fand nicht in Berlin statt, sondern wurde virtuell abgehalten. Hierbei wurde sowohl den unterschiedlichen Zeitzonen der beteiligten, als auch der neuen Konferenz-Etikette Rechnung getragen. Dies gab dem Lenkungsausschuss des Projekts die Möglichkeit, sofortige Maßnahmen zu ergreifen. Innerhalb von zwei Monaten stimmte das Konsortium zu, den ursprünglichen Entsendungsplan anzupassen, neue Partner an Bord zu holen und so die Risiken zu mindern, die durch die nationalen und internationalen Reaktionen auf COVID-19 entstanden. Das DIE kontaktierte den PRODIGEES-Projektleiter in Brüssel und setzte einen Notfallplan in Gang, um das Projekt auch in den unsicheren Zeiten der Pandemie erfolgreich zu koordinieren.

Vor Beginn der ersten Lockdown-Maßnahmen hatte PRODIGEES sein Programm im Januar mit einem Forschungseinsatz von Prof. Dr. Ingrid Schneider von der Universität Hamburg begonnen. Während die Pandemie den Austausch zum Erliegen brachte, nutzte das PRODIGEES-Team die Erfahrungen von Prof. Schneider, um das Programm weiterzuentwickeln. Seitdem hat das Steering Committee alle Entsendungen auf 2021 verschoben, mit Ausnahme von zwei Forschern, die vom Instituto Mora in Mexiko-Stadt nach Deutschland gekommen sind.  Im Oktober führte das Projekt im Rahmen der virtuellen MGG Academy eine Veranstaltung zu transnationalem Open-Access-Training durch.

Forschung zu nachhaltiger Digitalisierung ist dringend notwendig, da ein immer größerer Teil unserer Arbeit und unseres sozialen Lebens online stattfindet. Die Pandemie macht Ungleichheiten überall auf der Welt sichtbar und verstärkt diese weiter. Die Relevanz von Fragen des Datenschutzes und der Datensicherheit nimmt weiter zu. Hier muss jedes Land und jede Organisation herausfinden und entscheiden, wie ein Gleichgewicht zwischen Effizienz und Handhabbarkeit auf der einen, und Privatsphäre und Sicherheit auf der anderen Seite hergestellt werden kann. Ingrid Schneiders PRODIGEES-Publikation „Democratic Governance of Digital Platforms and Artificial Intelligence?“ spricht den Machtkampf zwischen regionalen Modellen der Datenbeschaffung und des Eigentums an.

Datenschutz ist nur einer der Themenbereiche des Projekts. Die PRODIGEES-Forschung ist auf die beiden Hauptarbeitspakete „Governance und Gesellschaft“ sowie „Wirtschaft und Umwelt“ fokussiert. Diese weit gefassten Arbeitsbereiche inspirieren eine Vielzahl von Forschungsthemen mit lokalen bis globalen Schwerpunkten. Die Themen reichen von der Sammlung von Big Data in Indien, der Nutzung von Blockchain in Brasilien, dem Internet der Dinge für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung in Indonesien bis hin zu künstlicher Intelligenz im Klimaschutz. Insgesamt umfasst das Projekt über 80 verschiedenen Forschungsprojekte.

Die „digitale Kluft“ war das Thema von Dr. Carlos Dominguez‘ PRODIGEES-Forschung, als er im Herbst dieses Jahres vom Instituto Mora nach Deutschland entsandt wurde. In Anlehnung an die Pandemievorschriften von Horizon 2020 und aufgrund der eigenen Coronavirus-Maßnahmen des DIE kam Dr. Dominguez nach Deutschland, führte aber nicht alle seine Forschungen in den Räumlichkeiten des DIE durch. Wie die meisten DIE-Mitarbeiter*innen, führte er den größten Teil seiner Forschungen digital durch. Sein PRODIGEES-Workshop „Digital, but still Unequal: the challenges of digitalisation for emerging powers – Mexico“ wandelte er in einen virtuellen Workshop um. Dieser nutzte soziale Theorien, um das Konzept der „digitalen Kluft“ in Kategorien wie Kapital, Bildung, Kompetenzen und Kulturproduktion zu untersuchen. Mit Hilfe innovativer Tools wie den Breakout-Räumen von Zoom und kollaborativen digitalen Whiteboards demonstrierte Dr. Dominguez die Macht der Digitalisierung bei der Überwindung einiger der durch COVID-19 aufgeworfenen Herausforderungen.

Das Coronavirus mag das anfängliche Momentum des PRODIGEES ein wenig verlangsamt, aber die Flexibilität der Europäischen Kommission für Horizon-2020-Projekte ermöglichte es dem schnell reagierenden Netzwerk, die Integrität seiner Mission zu bewahren.

In einer Zeit, in der digitale Werkzeuge viel versprechen, große Risiken bergen und in der eine Pandemie uns alle noch abhängiger von der Digitalisierung gemacht hat, erscheint die PRODIGEES-Forschung relevanter und notwendiger denn je.

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The research programme Environmental Governance receives three new projects

14. Dezember 2020 - 16:02

The research programme „Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability“ has successfully acquired three competitive third-party funded projects:

  • The collaborative project „Implementing sustainable development goals in an incoherent world: Aligning climate action and reduced inequalities“ funded by the Swedish research funder FORMAS with 1.2 positions for the DIE and a duration of four years (applicants Sander Chan, Gabriela Iacobuta and Ramona Hägele);
  • The BMBF-funded collaborative project C-SCOPE „Oceans under Stress – Towards Marine Carbon Observation 2.0: Socialization, Networking, Perfection and Extension“ with 1.7 positions for the DIE and a duration of three years (applicants Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Mirja Schoderer and Ramona Hägele);
  • the collaborative project „Sustaining and Strengthening City Climate Action in the COVID-19 crisis for a green and climate-resilient recovery (ClimateCitiesRecovery),“ funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, with 0.7 positions for the DIE and a duration of 16 months (applicants Sander Chan and Mariya Aleksandrova).

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Programm Umwelt-Governance erhält drei neue Projekte

14. Dezember 2020 - 16:01

Im Forschungsprogramm „Umwelt-Governance und Transformation zur Nachhaltigkeit“ gab es drei erfolgreiche Akquisen kompetitiver Drittmittelprojekte:

  • das vom schwedischen Forschungsförderer FORMAS finanzierte Verbundprojekte „Implementing sustainable development goals in an incoherent world: Aligning climate action and reduced inequalities“ mit 1,2 Stellen für das DIE und einer Laufzeit von vier Jahren (Antragsteller*innen Sander Chan, Gabriela Iacobuta und Ramona Hägele);
  • Das vom BMBF geförderte Verbundprojekt C-SCOPE „Ozeane unter Stress – Auf dem Weg zur marinen Kohlenstoffbeobachtung 2.0: Sozialisierung, Vernetzung, Perfektionierung und Erweiterung“ mit 1,7 Stellen für das DIE und einer Laufzeit von drei Jahren (Antragstellerinnen Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Mirja Schoderer und Ramona Hägele);
  • das von der Volkswagen Stiftung finanzierte Verbundprojekt “Sustaining and Strengthening City Climate Action in the COVID-19 crisis for a green and climate-resilient recovery (ClimateCitiesRecovery)” mit 0,7 Stellen für das DIE und einer Laufzeit von 16 Monaten (Antragsteller Sander Chan und Mariya Aleksandrova).

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News from our directors

14. Dezember 2020 - 14:55
Keynote by DIE Director Anna-Katharina Hornidge at Welthungerhilfe

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge took part in the virtual general meeting of Welthungerhilfe on 26 November, 2020 and contributed a speech at the meeting, in which she focused on „Reflections on the future of development research practices post Covid-19“.


Agence Française de Développment at the DIE

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On 1 December, Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge and Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz welcomed Remy Rioux, Head of the Agence Française de Dévelopment, at the DIE. The visit provided an opportunity to reflect on the role of public development banks in the green recovery process.

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Nachrichten aus dem Direktorium

14. Dezember 2020 - 14:52
Keynote der DIE-Direktorin Anna-Katharina Hornidge bei der Welthungerhilfe

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge hat am 26. November 2020 an der virtuellen Mitgliederversammlung der Welthungerhilfe teilgenommen und sich der Versammlung mit einem Impulsvortrag mit dem Titel „Reflexions on the future of development research practices post Covid-19”gewidmet.


Agence Française de Développement zu Besuch am DIE

©Agence Française de Développment

Am 01.12.2020 hießen Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge und Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz, Herrn Remy Rioux, Leiter der Agence Française de Développement, am DIE willkommen. Der Besuch bot Anlass, die Rolle öffentlicher Entwicklungsbanken im Green Recovery Prozessen zu reflektieren.


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International Security Forum Bonn 2020

14. Dezember 2020 - 14:13

The International Security Forum Bonn is a high-level international event to ensure a dialogue on current foreign and security policy issues. This year’s forum focused on the challenges arising from changes in transatlantic relations, the upcoming global geo-economic and geopolitical obstacles, and the crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of the panel „Aftermath: The Geopolitics of the Pandemic – Trend Multiplier of Game Changer?“ the Director of the DIE Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge discussed with five other participants the consequences of the pandemic with regard to geopolitical issues. The conference closed with a virtual dinner lecture by the virologist Prof. Dr. Hendrik Streeck of the University of Bonn. The dinner debate provided an opportunity to discuss HIV-related health infrastructures in Africa regarding their positive role in dealing with Covid-19.

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International Security Forum Bonn 2020

14. Dezember 2020 - 14:11

Das Internationale Sicherheitsforum Bonn ist eine hochrangige Veranstaltung, um einen Dialog über aktuelle Themen der Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik zu gewährleisten. Das diesjährige Forum widmete sich unter anderem den Herausforderungen, welche sich aus den Veränderungen in den transatlantischen Beziehungen ergeben, aus den anstehenden globalen geo-ökonomischen und geopolitischen Hürden sowie die durch die Covid-19-Pandemie verursachten Krisen. Im Panel „Aftermath: The Geopolitics of the Pandemic – Trend Multiplier of Game Changer?“ diskutierte DIE-Direktorin Anna-Katharina Hornidge mit fünf weiteren Teilnehmer*innen über die Folgen der Pandemie mit Bezug auf geopolitische Fragen. Die Konferenz schloss mit einem Virtual Dinner Vortrag des Virologen Prof. Dr. Hendrik Streeck der Universität Bonn. In der Diskussion bot sich Gelegenheit, die HIV-bezogenen Gesundheitsinfrastrukturen in Afrika mit Herrn Streeck in Bezug auf ihre positive Rolle im Umgang mit Covid-19 zu befragen.

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Policy Brief on the Economic integration into host communities in times of crisis by Jana Kuhnt (DIE) and Kirsten Schuettler (World Bank)

14. Dezember 2020 - 12:36


Access to the labour market plays an essential role in allowing displaced populations to sustain their livelihoods and integrate into a host community. However, evidence shows that displaced people face specific challenges in integrating into the labour market. Covid-19 further aggravates these challenges. This policy brief presents evidence on interventions to ease the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of displaced populations, in the short term during lockdowns and in the medium and longer term under remaining restrictions and changed economic structures.

On 16 December 2020, Jana Kuhnt and Kirsten Schuettler will present the results of this policy brief in a webinar at 1 p.m. CET:

The Thematic Team on “Rigorous Impact Evaluation” (RIE), founded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and DEval brings together experts from BMZ, evaluation, academia, governmental organizations as well as civil society to contribute to a more systematic integration of rigorous impact evaluations and the use of their results in German Development Cooperation. To contribute to a more evidence-based implementation of BMZ’s Corona Programme, members of the Thematic Team and other scientific experts synthesized the experience and evidence on the effectiveness of measures in four central thematic areas of the BMZ’s Corona Programme in Policy Briefs.

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