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From Secrecy to Common Knowledge

The Right to Information in Serbia and Bulgaria
In post-communist states where democratic standards first had to be established, the laws relating to freedom of information are of particular significance. Between 1995 and 2005 many Central and Eastern European countries, such as Serbia and Bulgaria, introduced right to information laws. Today there are a larger number of these laws in the region than in Western developed countries. Christian Spahr, International Reports, April 2014 more...

South Africa’s Protection of State Information Bill

What Are the Lessons Learned for Africa?
The highly debated Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) in South Africa represents the first attempt of a sub-Saharan African country to create security legislation which is not based on Colonial law. It can be assumed that this law will have a significant impact on similar legislative reform processes in neighbouring countries, as South Africa acts as a role model. Christian Echle, Justine Limpitlaw, International Reports, April 2014 more...

Period of Grace for Asian Newspapers

The Internet Revolution Has yet to Come to the Continent
The newspaper market in China, India and Indonesia is booming. In their euphoria, many media representatives, however, overlook the fact that the Internet revolution has yet to come to this part of the world. In places where people have good access to the Internet, such as Japan and Singapore, Asian newspapers are also battling falling circulation figures. Publishers should make a start now to adjust to the new era. Torben Stephan, International Reports, April 2014 more...

Turning Points – What the Future Holds

Annual Report 2013 | Perspectives 2014
Our 2013 report highlights a variety of issues where the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is called upon to help solve problems, and contribute to a better understanding and the acceptance of change. That includes the digitalization, demography and migration. We have also written about many longer-term issues and showcase our 2014 slogan "Turning Points – What the Future Holds", which guides many of our projects this year. March 2014 more...

Development Cooperation in 2030

Development policy will change more over the next decade than it did in previous decades. It will be less “development” and more “policy”; it will have a broader base and will become more complex; it will be more culturally sensitive and will include clearer strategic elements; and ultimately, it will no longer be “made by us”. Wolfgang Maier, International Reports, March 2014 more...

Development Cooperation in Times of Global Power Shift

Thoughts on Changing the Concept of Development
The concept of development in the future requires an honest culture of learning and should reward scrutiny, change and adaptation. The belief in predictability and planning has too often proved to be an illusion in Development Cooperation. Donors and development organisations should admit mistakes and misjudgements, share and communicate knowledge of this, adapt their strategies, seek solutions locally, experiment more and more rigorously scientifically test things. Sebastian Barnet Fuchs, International Reports, March 2014 more...

The value based approach of EU development assistance

Taking into consideration the strategic policy frameworks and their enhanced commitment to democratic values and principles, it can be – without any doubt, noted that a paradigm shift within EU development policy has taken place. On policy level we see a more nuanced accentuation and emphasis on democratic governance and support to democratisation processes as well as a general strife for policy coherence for human rights and democracy. Andrea Ellen Ostheimer, International Reports, March 2014 more...

Namibia’s Foreign Relations

Historic contexts, current dimensions, and perspectives for the 21st Century
Namibia’s foreign relations and their prudent formulation and management determine the sustainability of the country and the economic perspectives of its people. This publication and its chapters therefore discuss Namibia’s main bilateral and multilateral relationships, the historic and normative foundations of those bonds, their strategic objectives and interests, and their interface with other policy fields. Anton Bösl, André du Pisani, Dennis Zaire, February 2014 more...

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