Dr. Clara Brandi is a senior researcher at the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE). An economist and political scientist, she works on global governance questions and international trade with a special view on the role of developing countries and rising powers. Dr. Brandi’s areas of interest and expertise also include sustainable development and international normative theory. In addition to her position at the German Development Institute, she also currently works as a researcher for the German Advisory Council on Global Change (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Global Umweltveränderungen, WBGU). Dr. Brandi earned a PhD from the European University Institute; an MA in economics from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (she was given the Hayek Award for her thesis); and an MPhil in politics from the University of Oxford (where she was a Michael-Wills-Scholar).
Negotiations on the goals that are to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015 are entering a critical phase. On 24 September 2014 the proposals of the Open Working Group (OWG) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be presented to the UN General Assembly. Global economic governance is set to play a central role in this. The rules and mechanisms for the control of global economic processes are essential for sustainable development and the prevention of international crises. Trade and the international financial architecture therefore need to form forward-looking cornerstones of the post-2015 agenda. Insufficient thought has been paid to this thus far.