Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require good governance – from the local to the global level.

Barriers on the road to peace in Israel/Palestine

Since 1948, achieving lasting peace in Israel/Palestine has proved illusive. The ongoing war in Gaza is the dreadful result. Religious fundamentalism and acts of violent confrontations on both sides have compounded the problems in recent decades. Our Swiss aut...

Military regimes


On 28 January, the military regimes of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger withdrew from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with immediate effect. This has grave consequences for the entire region.


Prolonged hardship in Malawi

Many Malawians are disappointed with their government, abandoning the hope that their economic situation will change for better

Corporate social responsibility

Why the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) matters very much

Sustainable development would be hampered internationally should European legislation regarding supply-chain management fail, and Germany’s reputation would suffer too.


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The Hindu Kush Himalaya region

Nature is changing rapidly in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Glaciers, snow and permafrost are undergoing rapid transformation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, with disastrous consequences for water and food security

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Global governance

Reforming development finance

Proposed solutions include debt restructuring and cancellation, reform of multilateral development banks and mobilisation of domestic resources

Intra-African migration

Unwelcome neighbours

South Africa has seen several waves of migration from Zimbabwe. After apartheid, Zimbabweans were welcome. But with South Africa’s own economic problems, they have been met with growing hostility over the past years.

Democracy protection

Protecting democracy, averting autocratisation

The global wave of autocratisation requires a change in the promotion of democracy

Development policy

Religion needs to be a part of the solution

Secularisation is a growing trend in parts of Europe and North America. But it would be a mistake to think this means religion is becoming less relevant for German development cooperation