Can the Green Climate Fund (GCF) set new climate finance best practice in gender-responsive operation and implementation? A new hbs paper analyses the GCF’s potential, as well as challenges and obstacles to fulfilling this role and how they could be overcome.
Why are all the means and measures for satisfying needs - which despite emancipation are provided for free by many more women than men in the so-called private sphere - customarily defined as pre- or non-economic? An essay about the unjust consequences of this omission.
Iraqi and Syrian Kurds have gained increasing international recognition for their efforts in combating ISIS and some observers conclude that the conditions for an independent Kurdistan have never been as favorable as they are now. What are the prospects for a Kurdish nation state?
Over five million Iranians are in exile – about 120,000 of which live in Germany. They are influencing political and cultural debates in Iran on a daily basis. The aim of this publication is to promote a process of reflection within the diaspora and provide an input concerning the role and potential of the diaspora community in the US and Germany as well.
Last week NATO announced its plan to deploy troops to six NATO members in Central Europe to strengthen collective defense. Security guarantees for the front-line states have been discussed since Russia’s intervention in Crimea. This publication from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies analyzes the perceptions of governmental and nongovernmental experts in six NATO front-line states.
The EU-Africa migration summit in Valletta in November 2015 gave birth to a new European funding instrument: the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). This study comes to the conclusion that the implementation of migration policy projects supported by EUTF funding primarily benefits the (wealthier) member states of the EU.
Democracy is not an automatic success - it must be fought for, revitalized, and renewed. Learn more about what the Heinrich Böll Foundation and our partners are doing to support democratic engagement worldwide.
Scenes of migrants stranded at the southern borders of the European Union and the United States have become increasingly regular news items, causing debates on immigration policies to intensify. Meanwhile, child migrants face dangerous conditions, detention, and deportation. How are these policies enacted in the EU and US and in comparison to the standards set by international law? By Nicole Johnson, intern at the HBS North America Office.
There are sweeping changes underway in production due to automation and digitalization, particularly in Indonesia. What policy changes should governments, the World Bank, and the IMF enact in order to ensure the creation of decent work for growing labor forces?
This article explores how growth of the finance sector can overtake growth in the "real" economy, including manufacturing or trade, and depress wages as returns to capital are protected or increased. In developing and emerging countries, financialisation deepens the vulnerability of local financial systems when they are subject to the volatility of global capital markets and the interest rate decisions of large countries, particularly the US. Without proper controls, financialization can redirect the development process towards securing the profits of private companies and private finance.
Increasingly, donors and creditors are joining together to mobilize "billions" in public money in order to leverage "trillions" in private investment in development. This month at the G20 meeting in Indonesia, bold system-wide reforms in global financial governance are being approved; some are already being implemented. Nancy Alexander and Rick Rowden describe these system-wide reforms and conclude that, on the current course, the reforms could undermine the public interest in sustainable development and climate goals. It is crucial to ensure that proposed reforms respect democratic practices and promote sustainability.