Schlagwort: Cooperation

Working together after Brexit: why and how Germany, the EU and the UK can continue to collaborate on international development

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Soft Brexit is unpalatable

Congratulations to Germany, first of all, on reaching 0.7. That is an achievement. We know that 25% of ODA (Official Development Assistance) in 2016 was spent on refugee costs in Germany, a fact that some German commentators have been very keen to publicise. However, we all hope 0.7 will be sustained when refugee costs begin to fall. It is an important signal of commitment, and we know it has influenced others (including France) who have yet to reach the target.

Development cooperation between China and Germany should move beyond the donor-recipient model

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Moving beyond the traditional model

China and Germany have developed a remarkable bilateral relationship over many years. Although China still needs support from Germany in many areas, it is now time for China and Germany to build a new partnership via development cooperation modalities to contribute to global sustainable development.

What we can expect from the Hamburg G20 Summit

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Hamburg could mark a departure

Much of the criticism levelled at the Group of 20 (G20), the club of the world’s most economically powerful industrialised and emerging economies, is justified. The Hamburg summit will play host to high-level autocrats and, in many ways, its agenda is far removed from the needs and standards of a just, inclusive and sustainable global economy. Policy advisors still hoping for the gathering to deliver in some way are banking on an initiative supported by the EU countries and their civil societies in cooperation with several partners from the global South, an initiative designed to promote sustainability solidarity and participation.

Measuring tax expenditures in developing countries: what is the role of the G20?

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Individual exemptions constitute expenditures

Growth enhancing policies, domestic resource mobilisation, and strengthening the budget position of governments in low and middle income countries has been a core focus of the G20’s development agenda. However, while the G20 has often focused on the taxation rules involving multi-national companies, here, Magalí Brosio considers whether more efficient and equitable expenditure policies, which individuals often use to lower their overall tax bill, could assist developing countries in strengthening their overall economic growth agendas.

Migration und Entwicklung durch Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gestalten!

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Über die „Root Cause“-Agenda hinaus

Migration ist momentan ein hochaktuelles Thema in der deutschen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (EZ). Anders als bei den Millennium Development Goals, ist Migration ein wichtiger Bestandteil der neuen globalen Entwicklungsagenda 2030, zu welcher sich Deutschland verpflichtet hat. Des Weiteren hat durch die Migrationsentwicklungen der letzten Jahre das Thema der Reduzierung von Flucht- und irregulärer Migrationsursachen („root causes“) noch mehr an Bedeutung gewonnen. Deutschland hat dafür in den kommenden Jahren zusätzliche EZ-Mittel zur Verfügung gestellt.