A People’s Party Reinvented?

The Dutch Christian Democrats

After the Dutch Christian Democrats suffered setbacks in past elections by agreeing to political compromises with right-wing populist parties, they avoided a further loss of votes in the European elections in May. By re-orientation and a return to their political roots the Christian Democrats make a change of policy.

Development and Social Security in Asia

The future of effective social security systems in Asia depends on economic development. Following an increase in labour productivity and domestic consumption a financially strong middle class may evolve and income disparities may be overcome. Therefore, an economic policy requires a stronger focus on quality and sustainability.

Development Partnerships

Significance of the Mittelstand for Sustainable Development

The German Mittelstand is without a doubt one of the cornerstones of a stable market economy. In the field of development cooperation, small and medium enterprises contribute to sustainable progress because of innovative thinking and strong commitment. However, when it comes to development partnerships, there is still potential to expand the scope of the private sector.

Development, social security and sustainable economies

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A variety of factors contributes to a well-functioning welfare state: a strong economic performance, external economic relations and a broad social security system. In Germany, these pillars are established. Other countries, for example in Sub-Saharan Africa or in Asia, face the challenge to balance social security and sustainable economic management.

Resource Wealth and Raw Materials Boom

Challenges for Governance and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

An abundance of resources in Sub-Saharan Africa will not necessarily lead to sustainable economic growth, to the contrary: The one-sided economic focus on the extraction of natural resources has consequences for the people and the environment. What needs to be done to avoid the “resource curse”?

20 Years of Democracy and the Fifth Parliamentary Elections in South Africa

In the latest parliamentary elections, the ruling African National Congress could once again assert its power. The high voter turnout demonstrated the importance of the young democracy to the South African people. However, the new government is facing major efforts to ensure the country’s economic and social situation do not deteriorate.

Decentralisation and Regional Policies in Africa

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Decentralised Regional Development Policy in Tunisia

A New Beginning Following the “Arab Spring”?

Tunisia illustrates how local and other territorial authorities on the sub-national level might be engaged in shaping and implementing a regional development policy. In that regard, reducing interregional disparities and combatting youth unemployment are essential. How could a decentralised regional policy facilitate Tunisia’s restart following the „Arab Spring“?


A sustainable development process depends particularly on a country’s conditions that are favourable to economic growth and entrepreneurial initiative as well as opportunities for people to voice their interests and have a say in the political process. That is why the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung views decentralisation as an important instrument to furthering democracy. Because political participation begins at the local level. And this requires an institutional infrastructure to ensure that responsibility for local policies lies at the very levels where they are intended to have an impact.

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