Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

How Kazakhstan reacts on the Corona Virus

For a long time there were officially no registered corona cases in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstani People’s Attitude To Coronavirus Pandemic.

In pandemic tend Kazakhstanis trust the actions of the authorities, but they are waiting for tangible social assistance

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Aktuelles aus den Genfer Organisationen zu COVID-19 | 19. März 2020

COVID-19 mit massiven Konsequenzen für alle Politikbereiche

Die „Genfer Depesche“ geht in Kurzform auf aktuelle Entwicklungen in den Genfer multilateralen Organisationen zu einem aktuellen Thema ein. In diesen Wochen widmet sie sich Entwicklungen in den Genfer Organisationen mit Bezug auf COVID-19. Die Pandemie hat nicht nur eine gesundheitspolitische Dimension, sondern hat erhebliche Auswirkungen für die Zukunft der Weltwirtschaft, des Welthandels, der Arbeit, Flucht und Migration, die humanitäre Hilfe sowie den Multilateralismus als Ganzes.

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Russian Dominance on Moldovan Media Market prevails

Due to its Soviet past, the Russian influence in the Republic of Moldova is still very significant. The country is divided between European integration and Russian convergence. After the government of the pro-European coalition ACUM leaded by Maia Sandu and the pro-Russian Party of Socialists (PSRM) of President Igor Dodon fell apart in November 2019, pro-Russian powers under the leadership of Dodon are expanding its power progressively. This affects the media market, which already has experienced an enormous state concentration under the long-time government of the Democratic Party and its leader Vladimir Plahotniuc.

The India-EU Partnership: A New Era of Multilateral Cooperation

- by Aastha Kaul

Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung hosted the India-EU-Germany Dialogue on Effective Global Governance: A New Era of Multilateral Cooperation. The Dialogue carried an Indian delegation to exchange views on the future of multilateralism. The delegation visited three key European cities namely Geneva, Brussels & Berlin, each home to significant institutions that undergird the international governance architecture, where discussions explored potential avenues for India-EU multilateral cooperation on international, European, and bilateral levels.

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Weekly overview of developments in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19

(9 March - 12 March)

The WHO has classified the coronavirus illness COVID-19 as a pandemic - and is ask-ing member states to take an aggressive and offensive approach in order to stop its spread. Other Geneva based organisations are publishing reports on the initial eco-nomic consequences of the crisis. In the meantime, high-profile multilateral meet-ings in Geneva have been cancelled.

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Between Habit and Legislation: Land Rights in West Africa

Approaches for the implementation of women's land rights in Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo

The majority of the population in Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo lives from agriculture and livestock. The legal framework for land management is characterised by a dualism between state laws and traditional customary rights. Local customary laws still mainly govern the ownership, use and transfer of land. Only a few small farmers are officially registered as landowners at state level. In this context, women have de facto no secure access to land – despite legal equality and their key role in agriculture. In order to strengthen the process of implementation of modern land laws and thus the economic role of women and food security, an in-depth dialogue and close cooperation between the women directly concerned, civil society organisations, customary and religious authorities, public authorities and other policymakers is necessary.

Teaching ethnic minority languages in government schools and developing the local curriculum

Elements of decentralization in language-in-education-policy

This report focuses on the specific issue of teaching ethnic minority languages and cultures in government schools, and its implications in multiple contemporary challenges the Union of Myanmar is facing.

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Geneva Barometer

Developments in Geneva’s International Organisations Mid-November 2019 – Mid-February 2020

The “Geneva Barometer” takes an occasional look at a few selected developments amongst the international organisations based in Geneva.

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No Transmission of Critical Voices

In Serbia there is currently an economic crime thriller happening on the television market and this before the parliament elections on the 26th April. The story is about several cable providers and the media group „United Media“ (parent enterprise: „United Group“) with its TV channel N1 that belongs to the media companies in Serbia which report critically about the government. The state-owned cable provider “Pošta Net“ has already removed the channels of United Media from its programme last December because they couldn’t agree on a contract renewal. As a result, many households couldn’t receive N1 anymore. Since Mid-January more viewers are affected, as the cable provider under the state „Telekom Serbia“ hasn’t prolonged their contracts either. A public exchange with accusations of political and economic interference between the players followed. Similar situations in the neighbouring countries can be observed. But let’s be clear from the get-go: The situation is more complicated than that and political reasons are not the only explanation for it.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.

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