Past Highlights

Social Science Research and Covid-19

29 Apr 2021
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2021/04 – Global Development Institute (GDI); Working Paper Series; Author(s): Isis Barei-Guyot

Academics and researchers working in International Development face a number of predicted changes to the research environment and landscape in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in relation to fieldwork conducted in middle-and lower-income countries. This paper is designed to provide researchers and research teams with an understanding of how to manage these changes at all stages of the research process, placing a particular focus on issues of safeguarding and collaborative research.

A New Multilateralism for the Post-COVID World: What Role for the EU-Africa Partnership? (ETTG Paper)

16 Apr 2021
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2021/04 – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Chloe Teevan et al

A new multilateralism for the post-COVID world: What role for the EU-Africa partnership? Multilateralism has been in trouble for a while, particularly​ ​at the global level. Yet, the European Union (EU) and its​ ​member states have remained among its staunchest​ ​supporters. ​I​n their June 2019 Council Conclusions, EU​ ​leaders drew the outlines of a common European vision to​ ​uphold, extend and reform the multilateral system. Against​ ​an increasingly complex and contested geopolitical​ ​backdrop, these goals were further developed in the​ ​recent EU Communication on Multilateralism, published in​ ​February 2021.

Shaping Africa's Post-Covid Recovery

18 Mar 2021
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2021/03 – open access book; Author(s): Ugo Panizza, Rabah Arezki, Simean Djankov (eds.)

With the exception of some flashpoints in Northern and Southern Africa, the continent has been largely spared from the direct health effect of Covid-19. However, the African economy has been significantly hurt by the economic consequences. This eBook summarises recent research on the economic effect of the Covid-19 pandemic in the continent covering a wide array of topics focusing on the response of firms, households, governments, and international organisations.

Roots of Resilience Land Policy for an Agroecological Transition in Europe

04 Mar 2021
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2021/02 – Transnational Institute (TNI); research paper; Author(s): Nyéléni Europe, Central Asia Platform for Food Sovereignty

This policy reportlooks to support increased access to land for agroecology throughout Europe. This support is now more critical than ever in light of a number of alarming trends including increasing land concentration and land speculation, instances of land grabbing, the precipitous decline in the number of farmers and smallholdings, a generational challenge in terms of farm succession, massive biodiversity loss, a crisis in soil fertility, and the devastating impacts of intensive livestock breeding and industrial agriculture, to mention but a few.

The Determinants of Internal Conflict in the World: How to Estimate the Risks and Better Target Prevention Efforts?

18 Feb 2021
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2021/02 – Foundation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI); open access book; Author(s): Sosso Feindouno, Laurent Wagner

Recent years have seen an increase in the number and intensity of armed conflicts, fuelled in particular by an increase in the number and intensity of terrorist incidents and an increasingly important part played by organised crime. These conflicts are the result of a variety of economic, social, demographic, climatic and geographic factors. This book, based on a retrospective basis, makes it possible to identify the main factors that trigger conflicts and to distinguish between structural and non-structural factors. The book is also available in French

Guidelines for Local Governments on Policies for Social and Solidarity Economy

04 Feb 2021
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2021/02 – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); research paper

With growing awareness about the role of social and solidarity economy in facilitating inclusive and sustainable development, comes an increasing number of governments adopting policies and programmes that aim to support SSE organizations and enterprises. To successfully promote SSE and realize its potential in the context of sustainable local development, policy makers and practitioners need answers to a number of questions. What makes particular policies and programmes effective for SSE? Will these be feasible and adaptable within their various legal, political and socioeconomic contexts? UNRISD has put together this set of guidelines for local Governments

The Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (Open Access)

08 Jan 2021
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2020/12 – book; Author(s): Sachin Chaturvedi, Heiner Janus, Stephan Klingebiel et al.

This book offers a sound and clear understanding of the narratives, norms, and institutions as far as development cooperation in the context of Agenda 2030 is concerned.The authors emphasize the role of collective action as a method to foster the attainment of global policy frameworks such as Agenda 2030 across national, regional, and global levels, and diverse policy areas. However, regardless of the mechanism set to attain the SDGs, they doubt that its attainment is still feasible due to the characteristics of power struggles and unresolved contestations surrounding this global development agenda

Forced Migration Review - Recognising Refugees: Challenges and Innovations in Refugee Status Determination)

13 Nov 2020
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2020/11 – Oxford Department of International Development (ODID); Issue 65; Author(s): Marion Couldrey & Jenny Peebles (Editors)

The latest Forced Migration Review explores shortcomings, challenges and innovations (and their consequences for refugees/asylum seekers) in refugee status determination processes worldwide. A second feature offers reflections on lessons and good practice emerging from the Plan of Action for Internationally Displaced People (2018-2020) issued on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20)

COVID-19 in the Global South - Impacts and Responses

29 Oct 2020
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2020/10 – Development Studies Association Ireland (DSAI); open access book; Author(s): Pádraig Carmody, Gerard McCann, Clodagh Colleran & Ciara O’Halloran

Situating the worldwide health crisis within broader processes of globalisation, the book investigates implications for development and gender, as well as the effects on migration, climate change and economic inequality. Contributors consider how widespread and long-lasting responses to the pandemic should be, while paying particular attention to the accentuated risks faced by vulnerable populations. Providing answers that will be essential to development practitioners and policy makers, the book offers vital insights into how the impact of COVID-19 can be mitigated in some of the most challenging socio-economic contexts worldwide.

Tackling the Triple Crisis - Using Debt Swaps to Address Debt, Climate and Nature Loss Post-COVID -19

18 Sep 2020
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2020/09 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); Author(s): Paul Steele & Sejal Patel

Even before COVID-19, fears were growing over developing country debt, which had surpassed US$8 trillion by the end of 2019. The pandemic has made the situation much worse as its economic impact pushes millions more women, children and men in these countries into poverty. This paper shows how, as part of pandemic economic rescue packages, governments have an opportunity to address simultaneously the crises of debt, climate and biodiversity destruction through a new use of the system of debt for climate and nature programme swaps