What Direction for German Multilateral Development Policy?

Kunde

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ Project on "G7 and G20 Development Agenda Policy Support"

Mission

Outlook to the Future of Multilateral Development Policy

The discussions about the future of multilateralism are an essential element of the current political and media discourse. In order to gain a better understanding for its policy formulation and implementation, the GIZ commissions the Bureau für Zeitgeschehen (BfZ) with a study on the current and future features of a multilateral political landscape.

Task

Study on "The Future of Multilateralism": Inception Report and Expert Interviews

The commissioned study follows a two-track approach: First, it is based on a comprehensive desktop study that covers the international scientific debate on the future of multilateralism. In addition, highly selective expert interviews offer different regional and professional perspectives on the ongoing discussions. These expert assessments and perceptions form the key prerequisite for generating new ideas on robust multilateral development policy for the future.

Results

Scope for Innovation in International Cooperation

Multilateral cooperation between states threatens to further slow down in the future. But it is precisely this stalemate that opens up scope for new actors in development cooperation - such as for regional actors, companies and civil society organisations, as well as for relevant mini-alliances. As one of the largest donors in international cooperation, Germany can play an active role in deploying these alternatives. The forthcoming German EU Presidency, Germany's provisional seat on the UN Security Council and its influential role within the G20 will be conducive in order to testing new forms of multilateral cooperation for sustainable development.

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