Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports
June 27, 2020
The Corona Dispatches are short updates on the situation in different countries around the world, written by members and friends of The Policy Corner. You would like to write a dispatch for us? No problem — just get in touch with us at email@example.com, we look forward to hearing from you!
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Sharing But Not Caring?
June 22, 2020
Renting, repairing and redistributing instead of hyper-consumption and ownership-the sharing economy seems to revolutionize market capitalism. But can the sharing economy really be a sustainable alternative to market capitalism and create a new socio-economic system for the 21st century? Or is it just another neoliberal experiment in disguise, creating ever more powerful platform owners and disempowered workers?
The Financing of Water: Putting the Trust in Conservation
May 31, 2020
The reliability and quality of freshwater resources depends on a variety of environmental factors. As policymaking often takes place in silos when it comes to financing water security, we need a more holistic approach to the protection and provision of freshwater resources. By encouraging water trust funds that allow for a decentralized and nature-based approach to water governance, countries can better tackle challenges of water security and improve the health of ecosystems.
Increasing the Legitimacy of Advocative NGOs Through Representation
May 20, 2020
Advocacy NGOs often face challenges from political actors questioning their legitimacy. A new approach of introducing electorates nationally or regionally to grassroots organizations might protect them against such political attacks, and also serve to increase their legitimacy. The Hungarian Independent Student Parliament provides a potential model that could be replicated in other similar NGOs in and beyond Hungary.
Russia Undeterred: The Failure of Smart Sanctions
August 15, 2017Peace and Security
After three years of Western sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, both a tightening and a relief of the “smart” punitive measures can make the arguably bad situation even worse.
Bianca Becca & Dmitriy Miryan
China and the IMF – Convergence or Conflict?
July 24, 2017Economic Policy
China and the IMF have had a rocky relationship ever since the Fund’s founding in 1945. Despite the IMF’s recent efforts to better reflect China’s growing economic power within its organizational structure, the future of the two entities remains uncertain. This can be explained by conflicting interests on fiscal policy, the ambiguous behavior of the Chinese economic regime, and the failure of the IMF to fully adapt to the shifting weights of the world economy.
“Beevelop” rural Ethiopia?
July 24, 2017
In this episode we are joined by Nadine Grimm-Pampe and we discuss land scarcity, land grabbing, international development cooperation and what beekeeping has to do with former US President Truman.
Krekar Mustafa, Felix Hoffmann & Nadine Grimm-Pampe
The Threat of Illiberal Populism
June 19, 2017Politics and Society
Populism has taken an illiberal turn. Protecting liberal, pluralist societies from the threat of illiberal populism will require deep reforms to our education, communications, and political systems.
Europe’s Splintered Union
June 3, 2017
In this first episode we will give you a brief overview of our project, tell you how to get involved and then discuss „Europe’s Splintered Union“, an OpEd authored by Policy Corner Co-Founder Dylan Chambers.
Mustafa Krekar & Felix Hoffmann
Foreign Aid and Cambodian Power Plays
June 1, 2017Development and Global Health
For decades, foreign aid has failed to create a pluralist democracy in Cambodia. With the upcoming election, this provides international donors and investors renewed opportunity to revisit their human rights efforts in the country.