Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Study: The Future of Multilateral Cooperation?

New Ideas for a Future-Proof Multilateral Development Policy

Discussions on the future of multilateralism have been an essential element of political and media discourse for years. For a better understanding of policy development and implementation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) commissioned the Bureau fuer Zeitgeschehen (BfZ) to conduct a study on current and future outlines of a multilateral policy landscape.

On the one hand, the study is based on the international academic debate on the future of multilateralism and on the other hand on interviews conducted with international experts offering different regional and professional perspectives. In combination, they form the basis for gaining well-founded insights, especially in deadlocked debates, and for generating new ideas for a multilateral development policy that is robust for the future.

One finding is that the stalemate in multilateral cooperation opens up room for manoeuvre for new actors in development cooperation – for instance, regional actors, businesses, and civil society organisations, as well as fact-based mini-alliances of like-minded people.

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