This theme examines multi-level mechanisms of power with global implications and transnational economic processes to acquire a deeper understanding of the trends and interests at play and determine more effective global development strategies.
Global power relations have fundamentally changed. The old multilateral system is starting to crumble due to the emergence of new, powerful countries which are increasingly taking the lead in the global economy. The traditional dividing line between the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries has become blurred.
Globalization demands economic, political, social and development strategies that exceed the nation state. The recent global economic crisis again exposed the challenges of ongoing economic and financial interconnectedness. In particular, the preceding absence of effective global governance marked by rising global inequalities and a hollowing of democracy, were clear warning signs of the growing challenges and interconnection. Development is no longer solely about tackling poverty by aid transfer from rich to poor countries. Poor and marginalized people are not only limited to the developing world, and the rich constitute a global elite who are also not confined to borders or hemispheres. Instead global development implies a fair management of global public goods, such as a sustainable environment and climate, food, water and energy security, as well as stable and accountable financial and trade relations. As these cannot be addressed exclusively at the local or national levels, effective transnational cooperation is required.
At the same time, the prospect of effective and sustainable global governance is challenged in a global arena where countries’ interests and policy priorities inevitably clash. Growing economic integration is increasingly causing political, ethnic and religious fragmentation, shifting power relations, fear of and opposition to foreign influences at the national and local levels, and resistance to dominant forces and processes.
This Global Development theme page should help us deepen our understanding of this global turbulence. It requires a different analytical framework: one that focuses on the global governance of global public goods and follows the complex processes that determine its success or failure, rather than one that restricts itself to analyzing ‘aid’ relations from a national and/or Northern perspective. We aim to focus on research and methods that will improve how we interpret these shifts in global dynamics in order to generate more fair and sustainable global development strategies.
A closer look at Mexico and the post-2015 development process.
The report of the expert committee on development financing has missed an important opportunity to accomplish a breakthrough.
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G77's statement on means of implementation likely to set the tone for final round of OWG negotiations.
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Communicating the SDGs is now key, not only for their survival during the negotiations in the General Assembly next year, but also for their effective implementation.
Economic growth in the newly emerging economies is accompanied by obscene disparities between rich and poor.
Insufficient thought has been paid so far to trade and international financial architecture as forward-looking cornerstones of the post-2015 agenda.
Accepting a progressive but imperfect starting point for intergovernmental negotiations, or risking losing all the gains made so far?
Three core facts and three main challenges that negotiators should consider to make the Sustainable Development Goals work.
UN-led worldwide consultations that determine the development agenda after 2015.
New developments on emerged powers and global shifts in power in the world.
Join the debate on the role of water in the Post-2015 development agenda
Inequality is at the heart of the debate of how to create a more sustainable world.