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Latin America

Indigenous politics in Ecuador and Bolivia

Rafael Correa and Evo Morales adopted new constitutions in Ecuador and Bolivia in 2008 and 2009. Both presidents’ identity politics placed a strong focus on indigenous culture and led to change.

Global Governance

The drivers of change are at the local level

To support recipient countries sustainably, donor governments and institutions must respect regional cultures, argues Pirmin Spiegel, the director-general of Misereor, the Catholic development agency.

Global development

Facilitating constructive cooperation in a multipolar world

If the international community splinters into multiple orders, we will lose the race against climate change, social polarisation and biodiversity loss.


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Italy’s castor-oil plans for Africa

The Italian government’s Mattei Plan aims to position the country as an “energy hub” between Europe and Africa. Among other things, castor-oil plantations are being touted as a climate-friendly energy alternative.

Carbon credits

Africa is chasing billions

Africa’s drive for carbon credits continues to gather pace. But despite the prospect of generating significant revenue and green jobs, there is concern about the effectiveness and ethical implications of the current carbon markets

Multilateral organisations

What geopolitics have to do with golf clubs

International organisations rarely follow set rules with regard to the inclusion or exclusion of members. For that reason, Christina Davis calls them “discriminatory clubs” in her book of the same name.


Messages of hate and Hindu dominance

India’s ruling party, the BJP, has a long history of contempt for the nation’s large Muslim minority

Global governance

International community lacks a coherent idea of aid

Development cooperation is better than the conventional wisdom admits

Global sustainability

The reasons why global environmental policymaking has failed so far

A German sociologist’s systems theory highlights limits of global governance