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New on our blog: Water Operator Partnerships after 15 years: Re-politicising the debate

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25 Aug 2021

By Andrea Beck

Just over 15 years have passed since the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) published a plan that proposed, inter alia, the concept of Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs). In this plan, which was released in March 2006, WOPs were envisioned as “a structured programme of cooperation among water operators, based on mutual support and on a not-for-profit basis.” The idea was to use peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange to develop the capacities of water operators, so that they could deliver reliable, good-quality services on the way to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Handbook on Social Protection Systems

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19 Aug 2021

2021/08 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Esther Schüring and Markus Loewe (eds.)

This exciting and innovative open access handbook provides readers with a comprehensive and globally relevant overview of the instruments, actors and design features of social protection systems, as well as their application and impacts in practice. It is the first book that centres around system building globally, a theme that has gained political importance yet has received relatively little attention in academia.

New on our blog: Seven principles for making development policy fit for the 21st century

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19 Aug 2021

By Anna-Katharina Hornidge and Imme Scholz

The political and economic environment in which development policy operates has undergone radical changes since the emergence of this policy field in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then, newly independent nation states made their first steps in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Many of them are now politically and economically established states.  According to the World Bank classification the number of middle-income countries now exceeds the number of low-income countries.

Recordings of #Solidarity2021 plenary sessions now available

05 Aug 2021

If you haven't been able to attend the recent EADI/ISS conference "Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice", it's worth watching the recordings of the plenary sessions:

The opening plenary "Global Solidarity & COVID-19" discusses how the Covid pandemic affected global solidarity, and how the practice of solidarity has changed our view on global transformations. Watch the video

In the second plenary "Questioning Development – Towards Solidarity, Decoloniality, Conviviality", panellists discuss their perspectives and approaches to decolonising development (studies), focusing specifically on how new forms of solidarity and conviviality can be promoted and sustained to achieve global social justice. Watch the video

New on our blog: The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation – a trial run for responsible sourcing of raw materials?

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04 Aug 2021

By Karin Küblböck

On 1 January 2021 the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation entered into force. From now on, companies importing certain minerals into the EU must ensure that their sourcing practices do not contribute to conflict and human rights abuses. The regulation therefore introduces for the first time mandatory human rights due diligence for companies in the EU. In its current version, the scope of the regulation is extremely limited. Nevertheless, its implementation can provide important lessons for the upcoming comprehensive EU due diligence legislation.

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