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Dieser Blog bietet Ihnen Kommentare von Mitgliedern der E+Z-Redaktion zum aktuellen Geschehen. Pro Woche erscheinen ein bis zwei Beiträge. Die Leitfrage ist, ob etwas internationale Entwicklung fördert oder behindert. Der Blog erscheint nur auf Englisch.

Nobel prize's focus on poverty is welcome, but incomplete

It was announced yesterday that Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer will win this year's economics Nobel Prize. The three scholars are brilliant intellectuals and have pioneered important research on poverty. Nonetheless, I am afraid that their work is actually less helpful than generally assumed. The elegance of their microeconomic research must not distract us from the fact that we need macro-level action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Researchers' overwhelming evidence

A journalist's comment on the politics of the climate crisis stated yesterday on German public radio (Deutschlandfunk – DLF) that Greta Thunberg was painting an apocalyptic picture of the future. That was not entirely wrong, but not quite accurate either. The young Swedish activist is not painting that picture. Scientists are, and Thunberg merely has the habit of pointing that out.
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Self-declared "patriot" wants "globalist" help

Today's Financial Times includes a short item dealing with the United Nations General Assembly. The absurdity of what US President Trump said in that context is worth pointing out. It has worldwide repercussions, but is also peculiar in regard to his domestic problems.
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Preventing poverty

Last week, I attended this year's PEGNet conference in Bonn. PEGNet stands for Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network. It links academic institutions to development agencies. This time, the conference topic was social protection. I'd like to give you a first impression in this blog post and plan to return to the international dimensions of this issue sometime soon.
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Tod in Ndola

Der Tod von UN-Generalsekretär Dag Hammarskjöld 1961 bei einem Flugzeugabsturz bleibt mysteriös. UN-Untersuchungen haben bislang kein überzeugendes Ergebnis geliefert. Ein neues Buch schildert den Sachstand und erörtert Hamarskjölds Rolle bei der Dekolonisierung Afrikas. Für die UN hatte sie langfristige Bedeutung.
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Self-pitying majority

A new book points out why India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not an economic reformer. His government is driven by a dangerous Hindu-supremacist ideology.
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Parliament, shut up!

The rise of right-wing populism in several rich nations makes it increasingly difficult to promote democracy. If the president of the United States can run roughshod over relevant principles, why should leaders of developing countries be expected to respect them? Last week, we witnessed another step downwards: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he will suspend parliament that does not agree with his approach to leaving the EU.
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Why cross-border social protection would be useful

Argentina and Zimbabwe are very different countries. What they have in common, however, is that they are suffering severe economic crises, and there is no straightforward way for policymakers to improve things. Both countries probably need international support of a kind that the multilateral system so far simply does not provide: cross-border social protection.
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A heartfelt sermon

Ed Husain spells out many important insights in his book “The house of Islam”. However, it is not the “global history” the subtitle promises. Anyone who is unfamiliar with Muslim history should not rely only on his work to gain a first understanding of these important issues.
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