Past Highlights

Origins, Evolution and Future of Global Development Cooperation: The Role of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

30 Sep 2021
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2021/09 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); book; Author(s): Gerardo Bracho, Richard Carey, Stephan Klingebiel, Alexandra Trzeciak-Duval (eds.)

Since its foundation in 1961, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) – nerve centre of the aid effort of the “rich” countries – has played a central role in the post-war aid system. This open-access book traces the history of the institution and reflects on its future. How intense diplomacy led to the creation of the OECD itself and the DAC is disclosed here for the first time.

Report: Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020/2021

16 Sep 2021
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2021/09 – United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS); Author(s): United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (Unu-Ehs)

This report analyses 10 interconnected disasters that took place in 2020/2021. They were selected for their notoriety and representation of larger global issues, which have changed or will change our lives across the world. Society will likely remember most of these disasters as tragic, but largely isolated events that affected certain parts of the world for a period of time. This report explains that these events are only the tip of the iceberg, by highlighting how these events are interconnected with each other, with other larger processes, as well as with our action or inaction. They can lead to future disasters or will worsen existing problems such as biodiversity loss or poverty.

Transboundaries - African Heterodox Ideologies for the Realisation of Sustainable Development in the Continent

02 Sep 2021
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2021/08 – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC); research paper; Author(s): Nicholas Orago

This study undertakes an analysis of Sub-Saharan African perspectives on ways leading to climate-friendly sustainable development pathways, through a heterodox lens. The study includes a broad mapping of ideas: from green growth to heterodox socio-economic models, from eco-theology to the philosophy of Ubuntu, from eco-feminism to using law as a ordering tool to enforce sustainable development.

Handbook on Social Protection Systems

19 Aug 2021
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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.

Better cities after COVID-19. Transformative urban recovery in the global South

25 Jun 2021
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2021/06 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); research paper; Author(s): Alice Sverdlik & Anna Walnycki

proposes a novel framework to support a transformative recovery in cities of the global South. COVID-19 has created a critical juncture in the development of cities in the global South. Local governments and grassroots organisations have led urban responses that have been pivotal in shaping the pandemic’s outcomes for low-income residents. Yet policymakers have had only a limited focus on the pandemic’s urban dimensions. Synthesising evidence on the pandemic’s impacts in urban areas, this issue paper outlines a set of policy priorities and develops a framework with guiding principles for co-creating inclusive, forward-looking pathways out of the crisis.

Child Poverty and Social Protection in Central and Western Africa

10 Jun 2021
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2021/05 – Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), International Science Council (ISC); research paper; Author(s): Gustave Nébié, Chinyere Emeka-Anuna, Felix Fofana N'Zu, Enrique Delamonica

This open access book assesses various child poverty trends in the region. Child poverty is distinct, conceptually, and different, quantitatively, from adult poverty. It requires its own independent measurement—otherwise half of the population in developing countries may be unaccounted for when assessing poverty reduction. This book posits that child poverty should be measured based on constitutive rights of poverty, using a multi-dimensional approach. The argument is supported by chapters actually applying and expanding this approach.

Our Extractive Age. Expressions of Violence and Resistance (Open Access Book)

28 May 2021
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2021/05 – Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric); book; Author(s): Judith Shapiro, John-Andrew McNeish (eds.)

The book emphasizes how the spectrum of violence associated with natural resource extraction permeates contemporary collective life. Chronicling the increasing rates of brutal suppression of local environmental and labour activists in rural and urban sites of extraction, this volume also foregrounds related violence in areas we might not expect, such as infrastructural developments, protected areas for nature conservation, and even geoengineering in the name of carbon mitigation. Contributors argue that extractive violence is not an accident or side effect, but rather a core logic of the 21st Century planetary experience.

Covid-19: Should Intellectual Property Rights Be Challenged?

14 May 2021
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2021/05 – Foundation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI); briefing paper; Author(s): Étienne Billette de Villemeur, Vianney Dequiedt, Bruno Versaevel

This policy brief highlights the value of intellectual property pooling instruments such as the Medicines Patent Pool for the management of the Covid-19 health crisis by the international community. As an alternative between the suspension of intellectual property and bilateral cooperation agreements between firms, patent pools present advantages for both public health and the pharmaceutical industry alike

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.