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New EADI Virtual Dialogue: Towards a Wellbeing Economics. How and why we need to do economics differently, 28 October, 12.00 CET

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28 Oct 2020

With Dr Nicky Pouw

Economics should be more about human wellbeing and human-nature relationships than about growth. To address current global problems of rising inequality, climate change, migration and health pandemics requires a fundamental rethink of how we think about the economy and the ways we practice it. Sustainable and inclusive development can only be achieved if we transform our vision of the economy

New on our blog: The 2030 turn in German Development Policy – An Opportunity to Fundamentally Challenge Global Inequalities?

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27 Oct 2020

By Tanja Verena Matheis and Adrian Schlegel

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, the reorientation of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development with regard to international development policy and cooperation has gone almost unnoticed in the media. In the context of their “reform concept 2030”, the policy-makers identify five “megatrends” – demographic change, the shortage of natural resources, climate change, digitalization and interdependencies, and migration, based on which they suggest courses of action. The reform has attracted criticism, especially because of the cancellation of partnerships with countries with material precarity. Is the proposed strategy anywhere near allowing to address persistent socio-economic inequalities that the system of development cooperation claims to alleviate?

New COVID 19 Virtual Dialogue: Domestic Workers' Activism during the Pandemic Crisis in Latin America, 22 October, 11.00 CET

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22 Oct 2020

Latin American domestic workers, a sector mostly comprised of precarious, informal and racialized women, were particularly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis which translated into a massive loss of jobs and revenues, high exposure to risks of contamination and increased rights' violations at the workplace. This presentation will discuss how domestic workers have been organising and resisting against this social, economic and health crisis while facing a drastic lack of state support.

New COVID19 Virtual Dialogue: Tackling the pandemic without doing away with democracy. Europe and its global context, Postponed until further notice!

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16 Oct 2020

Julia Leininger (German Development Institute) will discuss the political consequences of the Covid19-pandemic. She focuses on the pandemic’s influence on democracies in Europe and the world.

New COVID19 Virtual Dialogue: Lockdown challenges for land reform beneficiaries: South Africa, 15 October, 13.00 CET

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15 Oct 2020

With Nkanyiso Gumede, Researcher, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS). Smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries have been greatly affected by the restrictions of movements that took place in South Africa with the declaration of the global pandemic. The reduced mobility for farmers and a drop in demand for produce, resulted in a loss of income. South African's Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development announced a Covid-19 relief fund for South Africa’s smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries but concern has been raised about the nature of the support.

New on our blog: Trade Reproduces International Inequalities

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06 Oct 2020

By Christian Dorninger, Anke Schaffartzik, and Hanspeter Wieland

Through international trade, richer countries do not merely generate a monetary trade surplus, but also appropriate international resources and labour from poorer countries. While this allows high consumption standards, economic growth, and the simultaneous protection of domestic natural resources in some countries, more land for mining and agriculture for exports is being extracted from the local economies in others. As a result, this makes a socially-ecologically sustainable development impossible. Our research team was now able to prove that ecologically unequal exchange was a persistent feature of the global economy from 1990 to 2015. Using environmentally-extended multi-regional input-output modelling, we investigated these structural inequalities in international trade.

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