U.S. vs. China? Cooperation in Telecommunications in East Africa

May 3, 2022

Some Western political strategists suggest a “Tech Cold War” is playing out in Africa between China and the U.S. Based on case studies from Ethiopia and Kenya, this perspective neglects the actual state of affairs. Instead of searching for “China-free” actors, the West should take the rationale of each project as a yardstick to stay engaged and relevant in the emerging African information and communications technology sector.

Jonas Pauly

Devolved Governance: Enhancing the Resilience of Cities

March 9, 2022

This article explores the advantages of devolved governance in city planning instead of a centralized approach. Transferring decision-making power from central government to the local level can equip cities with the flexibility to respond to critical policy areas such sustainable infrastructure and quality social housing.

Julian Baxter

Achieving Integration for Immigrants in Iceland

November 10, 2021

Despite introducing ground-breaking social policies, Iceland lacks a cohesive approach to ensure the successful integration of immigrants. This group is left unprotected against hidden discrimination in the housing, employment, and education sectors. The successful integration of immigrants should involve treating them as agents of positive change in society.

Jordi Cortes

For the Sake of Emirati Women: Equal Citizenship

October 29, 2021

Citizenship rights are crucial for the protection of a nation’s citizens. Yet in the UAE women face arbitrary discrimination in citizenship and immigration law. The law deprives women of the ability to confer citizenship on their foreign husbands and children. Gender-focused reform, alongside regional efforts, is necessary to stop this discrimination.

Samira Maryam Mohammed Ashraf

Getting It Right With Oil

August 2, 2018 Development and Global Health

Ghana is losing revenue from its oil resources due to ineffective taxation, bad contracts and institutional weakness. It requires contract renegotiation and implementation of a wind-fall profit tax in order to maximize revenue from the country’s oil.

Isaac Newton Bortey

To Succeed, Cap-and-trade Must Be Revamped

July 14, 2018 Energy and Environment

At first glance, climate change seems an intractable problem. Cap-and-trade could provide the solution. But first, it needs reforms and better communication.

Luke Sherman

Diaspora Politics and the Growing Influence of Sharp Powers

July 9, 2018 Politics and Society

In recent years, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian states have used technological advancements to extend influence or control over “their” diaspora for political purposes. Recent examples of this are troubling: as the long arms of authoritarian states increasingly undermine social cohesion and democratic values, the need for adequate policy responses in democratic states has become urgent.

Laura Meijer

Keeping up with China’s Clean Energy Revolution

May 13, 2018

Great to have you back for episode 9 of our policycorner.org podcast series! Our guest today is Jill van de Walle and she discusses China’s newfound ambitions in the renewable energy sector. She also explains what this means for the European Union and the global fight against climate change. With China projecting dominance in many […]

Jill van de Walle & Felix Hoffmann

Keeping up with China’s Clean Energy Revolution

April 19, 2018 Energy and Environment

China is taking a leading role in the clean energy transition and improving its position in renewable energy innovation. The EU must engage with China in renewable energy research and development if it wants to accelerate the clean energy transition and drive global climate change action.

Jill van de Walle

Getting Your Own House In Order

March 30, 2018

In episode 8 of our policycorner.org podcast series Serafine Dinkel discusses her article “Getting Your Own House In Order“. We discuss the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian contexts, especially in light of recent scandals involving employees of Oxfam and the United Nations. We discuss the difficulties of handling these challenges, the insufficient […]

Serafine Dinkel & Felix Hoffmann