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What are the distributional implications of climate policies?

To avoid catastrophic effects on natural and human systems, bold action needs to be taken rapidly to mitigate climate change. Despite this urgency, the currently implemented and planned climate mitigation policies are not sufficient to meet the global targets set in Paris in 2015. One reason for their current inadequate rollout is their perceived negative distributional effects: by increasing the price of goods, climate mitigation policies may increase both poverty and inequality. In addition, they may disrupt labour markets and increase unemployment, especially in sectors and areas dependent on fossil fuels. As a result, public protests in many countries have so far blocked or delayed the implementation of climate policies.

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Come on, into the “Green Twenties”!

“Restore Our Earth!” is the theme and rallying cry for this year’s Earth Day on 22 April. This is not something that can be achieved on a single day. According to UN Secretary-General António Guterres and pertinent scientific reports, humanity has just under a decade left to take the necessary measures. If the 1920s were captured as “années folles”, “goldene Zwanziger” or “Roaring Twenties” in Western narratives, the decade that now lies before us might go down in history as the “Green Twenties” – and from a global perspective as well!

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Capacity Building

Digital African Leadership Academy

Between 26 April and 7 May 2021, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers a two weeks innovative digital training and dialogue programme for 25 young professionals from Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia. All participants work in the area of sustainable development in government institutions, think tanks and research institutions, civil society and the private sector. The programme aims to provide leadership skills and knowledge needed for sustainable development.

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Postgraduate Training Programme for Development Cooperation: Application possible until April 12

Master graduates can apply for the Postgraduate Training Programme of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) until April, 12 2021. The entry-level programme opens doors for people who have studied economics, international relations / political science or other social sciences, and gets them started a career in development cooperation.

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Mobility and Migration

Rural-urban migration in West Africa: contexts, trends and recommendations

Rural-urban migration constitutes the principal pattern of internal and cross-border migration in West Africa. In alignment with environmental and health agendas, its drivers and effects need to be explicitly accounted for in migration and urbanization policies. For example, that households use rural-urban migration as a risk-diversification and livelihood strategy is a key consideration. Highly vulnerable migrant populations such as children, women, the elderly, or the forcibly displaced should receive particular attention.

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The vulnerability sourcebook and climate impact chains

This paper aims to present the “Vulnerability Sourcebook” methodology, a standardised framework for the assessment of climate vulnerability and risk in the context of adaptation planning. The Vulnerability Sourcebook has been developed for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and has been applied in more than twenty countries worldwide.

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Adaptation pathways: a review of approaches and a learning framework

Adaptation pathways have experienced growing popularity as a decision-focussed approach in climate adaptation research and planning. Despite the increasing and broadening use of adaptation pathways reported in the literature, there has not yet been a systematic attempt to review, compare and contrast approaches to adaptation pathways design and their application. In this paper we address this gap through a literature review of conceptual and applied studies of adaptation pathways in the context of climate change. Adaptation pathways started to be conceptualised in 2010.

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Assessing Multi-Hazard Vulnerability and Dynamic Coastal Flood Risk in the Mississippi Delta

The tight coupling of the social-ecological system (SES) of the Mississippi Delta calls for balanced natural hazard vulnerability and risk assessments. Most existing assessments have approached these components in isolation. To address this, we apply the Global Delta Risk Index (GDRI) in the Mississippi Delta at high-resolution census tract level. We assess SES spatial patterns of drought, hurricane-force wind, and coastal flood vulnerability and integrate hazard and exposure data for the assessment of coastal flood risk.

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Advancing the Water Footprint into an Instrument to Support Achieving the SDGs

The water footprint has developed into a widely-used concept to examine water use and resulting local impacts caused during agricultural and industrial production. Building on recent advancements in the water footprint concept, it can be an effective steering instrument to support, inter alia, achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) – SDG 6 in particular. […]

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