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Germany values respect, reciprocity and alliances

The director general in charge of African affairs at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) responds to the criticism of James Shikwati. Germany values respect, reciprocity and alliances. Accordingly, policy priorities are no...

German policymaking

The BMZ seems stuck in a European mindset

Africa strategy of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development does not answer Africans’ questions


Migration from West Africa should not be a crime

To the detriment of Senegal’s people, their government is supporting the migration policies of the EU

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Why African countries must foster democratic civic cultures

Independence leaders failed to disown autocratic legacy after colonial rule

Migration in Africa

Life as a refugee in Kenya

Kenya offers safety to refugees who fled from violence-torn South Sudan, but even highly skilled persons lack job opportunities

Gender justice

Encouraging women to profit from e-commerce in Africa

Female entrepreneurs play an important role in Africa’s fast growing e-commerce market, yet they keep encountering obstacles

Sovereign debt

Why Pakistan’s economy is in deep crisis

Climate change and other global developments are severely exacerbating Pakistan’s home-made problems

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Promote digital learning in Pakistan

Pakistan should invest more in both education and digitisation to promote literacy and close obvious gender gaps

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Global governance

What is wrong with WTO and IMF?

Indonesian economist assesses recent track record of two multilateral institutions of vital importance for international development

Multilateral institution

What the World Bank must do better

Leading German government official demands reforms at multilateral development bank


High tech failed to make Nigeria’s presidential election transparent

Nigerian voters are frustrated because digital election tools did not deliver promised results


How Kenya is affected by climate injustice

African countries are least responsible for the climate crisis, but are hit hardest by its effects. In Kenya, the impacts are devastating

Reducing emissions

OECD assesses carbon pricing internationally

Experts warn that fuel subsidies are harmful

Private education

Why Nigerians have little faith in government-run schools

Disappointed in government-funded education, even poor parents increasingly opt for private schools

Poverty reduction

Economic growth is not a magic wand for Africa

Due to multiple crises, millions in Africa are sliding even deeper into poverty. But to simply call for economic growth misses African realities


The concept of official development assistance is outdated

Global public goods require international cooperation, but high-income countries are not making sufficient contributions

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Mexico wants to prevent teenage pregnancies

What young Latin Americans must learn about sex and reproductive health

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Libya lapses into Gaddafi nostalgia

More than ten years after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime, the situation in Libya is so devastating that some long for pre-revolutionary times

Democracy under attack

8 January 2023 in Brasília looked like 6 January 2021 in Washington

In protest against legitimate election results, right-wing extremists vandalised government buildings


Understanding people in their native language

Ever since author Martin Kämpchen learned to speak Bengali, he has seen India with new eyes

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What helps traumatised societies to heal

Armed conflict disrupts society – and the media have a special role to play as peacebuilders

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Global governance

How to improve the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatment

For all countries to become able to rise to the challenges of the current polycrisis, debt-restructuring is needed

Overview multilateral policymaking

Global problems require global solutions

Why multilateral policymaking must improve and who can make it happen

Religious totalitarianism

Iran’s protests resonate around the world

Women everywhere must be free to go where they like and dress as they please


The role of the IMF in the global debt crisis

How the IMF is delaying the debt crisis with its practice – a reform of debt policy is needed

Transition from dictatorship

Learning lessons of the past in Gambia

Why a truth commission must not only assess the facts, but also engage the public in a lasting manner

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Government revenues

How to increase the fiscal space

The budgets of many developing countries and emerging markets are far too constrained

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Global governance

G20 leaders are “not in a state of denial”

Indonesian economist assesses results of Bali summit in November 2022

Food prices

Number of starving people worldwide is again on the rise

Rocketing food prices are only partly due to shortages; food speculation and energy prices are key drivers

Fighting poverty

Social protection improves food security

Why social safety nets are key to fighting hunger and poverty in the global south

Global Governance

In Sharm el-Sheikh, loss and damage must be on the agenda

A Bangladeshi perspective on this year’s UN climate summit


The heavy burden of a strong dollar

How the fast appreciating US currency is causing stress in developing countries and emerging markets

Smallholder farmers

Neglected, but essential agricultural heritage

Why the future of human civilisation depends on impoverished farming communities in remote rural areas

Central America

Planting diverse crops, securing livelihoods

Farming in a traditional and sustainable way benefits biodiversity and helps against external shocks


Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require good governance – from the local to the global level.


The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to transform economies in an environmentally sound manner, leaving no one behind.