Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports

27 juin 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 submissions@policycorner.org, we look forward to hearing from you!

The Policy Corner

Sharing But Not Caring?

22 juin 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? 

Claudia Bothe

The Financing of Water: Putting the Trust in Conservation

31 mai 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

20 mai 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

China and the IMF – Convergence or Conflict?

24 novembre 2017

In this episode, we discuss China’s economic rise, its growing aspirations on the global stage and what all of this means for global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. We also talk about heightened tensions in the South China Sea and looming conflict between the longtime hegemon United States and the emerging superpower China.

Riccardo Ramacci & Felix Hoffmann

Bringing Human Rights Home

24 octobre 2017

In this episode we discuss human rights, the sustainable development goals and what role transnational cooperations have in realizing them with Policy Corner co-founder Fabio Thoma.

Felix Hoffmann & Fabio Thoma

Metropolis 2.0: Cities’ Power to Shape a Greener Future

22 octobre 2017 Energie et environnement

Current urbanization rates will lead to an increased concentration of people and economic activities in megacities, offering both opportunities and dangers for sustainability. Future development strategies should focus on achieving low-carbon urban growth. At the same time, cities need to take a more active role in seeking inter-urban cooperation.

Rafael Widmer

Child or Migrant?

25 septembre 2017 Droits de l'Homme et droit international

While governments quarrel over closed borders, unaccompanied children that migrate to Europe in hope of a better life are often detained in inadequate conditions facing life threatening dangers, missing critical months of schooling and undergoing hardship that no person should endure, let alone a child. There is a need for harmonization of protection standards at the European level and a total abolition of the practice of detaining unaccompanied migrant children.

Alexandra Luisa Rinaldi

Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement

11 septembre 2017

In this episode we have Alina Bill-Weilandt and Delia Roling who share their thoughts on climate displacement and why there is currently a gap in international law when it comes to recognizing the protection needs of those displaced by the effects of climate change.

Felix Hoffmann, Delia Roling and Alina Bill-Weilandt

Europe’s Bouncers, Europe’s Disgrace

5 septembre 2017 Affaires européennes

The European Union’s reaction to the so-called “refugee crisis“ has mainly included intensified externalization of migration controls. This approach is counterproductive because it exacerbates vulnerabilities, strengthens transnational criminal networks and blocks political capital for sustainable solutions. A new approach to European migration policy is urgently needed.

Felix Hoffmann