Development Cooperation in Transition

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2014 is the 30th year of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung publishing the KAS International Reports. We have been actively involved in international development cooperation for over 50 years. During this time, the global world order has undergone considerable change, and so has therefore development policy.

Small States and Regional Cooperation in West Africa: What is the legacy of Benin’s Precidency of the African Union?

Was ist von Benins Präsidentschaft der Afrikanischen Union geblieben?

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”.

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.

A New Beginning Instead of Refoundation

Honduras after the Elections

Sighs of relief in Honduras: fears that there may be violent unrest on election day in this Central American country, which has the highest murder rate in the world, were not realised. The presidential, congressional and local elections on 24 November 2013 proceeded peacefully, transparently and with an unexpectedly high turnout. The election to the highest public office was won by the candidate from the Christian-democratic, conservative National Party, Juan Orlando Hernández.

Constitutional Reform and Constitutional Reality in Morocco

Between Monarchical Stability and Democratic Renewal

The striking pace of the constitutional reform of 2011 was due in part to the fact that the Moroccan kingdom had undergone neither a social revolution nor a violent changeover of power and therefore did not have to overcome a difficult transition phase. Furthermore, the reform was a “royal project”. Ultimately, the purpose of the changes to the constitution was to prepare Morocco’s monarchy for the future and create “stability through reform”. Ellinor Zeino-Mahmalat


The Olympics in Sochi is far more than a sports competition. It is a prominent symbol of Russia’s return on the world stage, a symbol of the political revitalization of this, the geographically largest country of the world. This is the event Moscow has been waiting for ever since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Empire – historic developments Vladimir Putin has called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century”.

Lonely Together

South American Alliances Mercosur and Unasur Face Crisis

Latin American countries have sought partnership and a common approach to economic and foreign policy for two centuries. In spite of this they often pursue differing interests and do not find consensus. Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner presents herself as a modern independence fighter who wants to liberate the country from the U.S. and Europe. This type of Latin Americanisation in Argentina has placed considerable strain on regional cooperation.

Regional Cooperation in West Africa

„A Study in Frustration?“

While ECOWAS is much more prominent in public debate as a regional economic community recognised by the African Union and as a negotiating partner of the EU in the negotiations over a regional economic partnership agreement, the smaller WAEMU on closer inspection proves to represent a considerably more advanced project of West African integration. The integration endeavours within ECOWAS, on the other hand, which is far more heterogeneous, have repeatedly faltered.

Regional Cooperations

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