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. 

Rebecca Sands

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.

Gáspár Bekes

Restoring Trust and Building Bridges: Addressing Online Radicalization in Africa

May 17, 2020

Terrorists use the internet and social media to radicalize youth by exploiting general distrust in governments. African governments have responded to this threat by passing politically motivated internet limitation laws, which only exacerbate existing grievances and mistrust. Instead, African governments should build upon existing models of community policing and embrace an inclusive regional community online policing consortium through the leadership of the African Union.

Catheline Bosibori Nyabwengi and Grace Atuhaire

How Germany Can Revive its Start-up Sector

May 9, 2020

The German start-up landscape currently lacks international competitiveness. Existing legislation makes it difficult for start-ups to attract and retain highly skilled workers without taking on a large financial burden. Revising the regulatory framework for employee stock option plans could help solve this issue.

Maximilian Richter

Avoiding a Persian Flavor of Dutch Disease

January 25, 2017 Economic Policy

When sanctions on Iran were lifted, the country moved toward market liberalization. Now pressure on the Iranian Rial is undermining non-oil export sectors as they lose competitiveness both nationally and internationally. If Iran’s economy is to flourish, policy makers will need to embrace a new mix of fiscal, structural and monetary policies.

Ramona Hotz, Josiah Littlehales, Federica Merenda & Roberto Musmeci

Is Microfinance a Sustainable Solution to Poverty?

July 16, 2016 Development and Global Health

Microfinance is based on the idea that people can be lifted out of poverty through the help of microloans. It has become a key part of the global development strategy, as a bottom-up poverty alleviation tool. But despite its wide popularity, various studies have shown that its effects have generally been far from beneficial to the poor.

Ana Maria Tabacaru

That Small Plaster on the Russian Bear

July 16, 2016 European Policy

Two years after the downing of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 the geopolitical rammifications of this tragic event – and the EU’s heavy-handed retaliation – are stronger than ever. This article explores the rhetorical dimension of the EU-Russian confrontation over the Ukrainian crisis and questions the effectiveness of the EU’s sanctions-led response.

Marta Cioci