The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to transform economies in an environmentally sound manner, leaving no one behind.

Phasing out fossil fuels with climate finance

Fossil-fuel subsidies can help to keep everyday goods affordable. However, they also undermine climate protection and burden tight national budgets. Climate finance, if applied well, helps to reform subsidy systems in a socially just way.

Large-scale projects

Chinese funded steel mill displaces locals in Zimbabwe

The promises and expectations of the government have been met with doubt by locals who are already facing adverse effects due to the ongoing project.

Nature preservation

Unknown individuals cut down an ancient tree

Many Ghanaians expressed their anguish and sadness on social and traditional media when an ancient tree fell, stressing its relevance to their lives and the need to conserve a rich cultural legacy.

Climate Foreign Policy

The climate crisis is exacerbating hardship in conflict areas

The climate crisis is severely impacting vulnerable groups. In areas dominated by violent conflicts, the situation is particularly grave.


Using WhatsApp to access health care in Zimbabwe

On Cloomi, Zimbabweans at home and in the diaspora can check the availability of products offered by pharmacies and medical laboratories in their chosen location.

Global crises, local impacts

When a relatively strong African country is struggling on all fronts

If you want to know what impacts multiple global crises have on the daily life of a developing country, consider the example of Kenya


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.

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.

Natural disasters

Consequences of cyclone Freddy

Malawi is particularly hard hit by the climate crisis. One year after tropical storm Freddy, the devastation is still catastrophic, and the lingering effects of the storm are robbing girls and women in particular of their future.

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.

Climate crisis

Drought means national disaster in Zambia

Agriculture and electric power generation are falling short