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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Tu Felix Austria
May 17, 2017Politics and Society
The small country of Austria where 2016 did not entail a win for the far-right might have some lessons for liberals who fear a dire 2017.
Bringing Human Rights Home
April 13, 2017Human Rights and International Law
Transnational Corporations (TNCs) play a vital role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet their ongoing failure to comply with Human Rights has been subject to much criticism. Establishing a legally binding framework that incorporates SDGs’ stance on Human Rights is essential to meet the goals by 2030.
The Innovative State
March 25, 2017Economic Policy
Innovation is often limited to the realms of the private sector, characterized by ruthless competition amongst high-tech firms operating outside the reaches of the state. However, rethinking the role of governments in fostering learning and innovation can lead to both transformative and inclusive economic growth.
“Beevelop” rural Ethiopia?
March 11, 2017Development and Global Health
In Ethiopia, scarcity of land is becoming a challenge for a country that is highly dependent on agriculture. New economic activities that reduce pressure on land are necessary, and beekeeping can be part of a solution.
Seizing the Benefits of Brexit
February 27, 2017Peace and Security
Brexit offers a window of opportunity to boost European defense collaboration. France and Germany should take a leading role, seizing the momentum to push for further integration and a common European defense Union.
Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement
February 15, 2017Energy and Environment
Millions of people will be forcefully displaced by climate change impacts in the coming years. The international community urgently needs to reach an international climate displacement agreement in order to recognize their status as climate refugees and protect them under international law.