South Asia
Landlocked nation

Nepal is sandwiched between two BRICS members

Keeping relationships with India and China good is necessary, but challenging for the government in Kathmandu.

International cooperation

How India’s global influence could develop

GIZ has developed four scenarios based on India’s domestic development, its relationship to China and the west and the orientation of the BRICS+.

Social disparities

India’s tiny plutocratic elite is growing fast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered pro-rich growth

Nationhood

To define Pakistan as a nation, Islam is insufficient

Pakistan is a fragmented nation with a shaky political system, and the focus on Sunni Islam did not forge the desired unity.

Gender rights

Pakistan’s politically assertive women

Against the backdrop of the global #MeToo movement, a new wave of feminist politics swelled up in Pakistan

Sustainability

Rethinking agricultural productivity

The conventional method of measuring agricultural productivity overlooks long-term effects such as soil degradation. An alternative approach is needed to incentivise and reward sustainable farming practices.

Islamophobia

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

Hindu-supremacism

Why South India snubs Modi

In the current election campaign India’s prime minister is emphasising identity politics that so far have not resonated much in regions with Dravidian languages.

Pakistan’s elections

Tangible action needed in Pakistan

After disputed elections in Pakistan, a new coalition has taken office. It faces huge challenges, especially regarding the stabilisation of the economy and better disaster preparedness.

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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