New Publications

New Publications

New Publications

  • 21-01-2019

    New Journal Article by Anne Siebert

    SiebertIEE member Anne Siebert just published a new journal artice:

    Transforming urban food systems in South Africa: unfolding food sovereignty in the city. In: The Journal of Peasant Studies (online first)

    This paper illuminates how urban food producers contribute to the construction of food sovereignty in less-expected urban settings in the Global South. In South Africa, jobless de-agrarianisation, apartheid legacy, and rapid food price inflation are shaping the realities of marginalised urban inhabitants. Urban food movements have been critically observing these developments and have begun to raise their voices against social inequality. In this way, they offer a fertile ground to put food sovereignty into practice. While food sovereignty has become a globalised vision, it has been adapted in specific contexts to address issues ranging from the struggle against corporate power to self-determination in the agri-food system. Drawing on research conducted on an urban agriculture movement in George, Western Cape, this contribution provides a sketch of the way people propose alternative visions about the organisation of food and land grounded in everyday life.

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  • 12-11-2018

    New Article by PhD Student Amr Khafagy

    KhafagyPhD student Amr Khafagy just published a new article in the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics:

    Finance, Distribution and the Economic Objective of Financial Cooperative Institutions

    This paper proposes a model where the structure rather than the size of the financial sector explains its influence on income distribution. Because of information asymmetries, a financial sector dominated solely by profit‐maximizing financial intermediaries will increase income and wealth inequality as it gives preferential access to credit for high‐income agents, whereas a diversified inclusive financial sector with alternative models of finance, like cooperatives, will reduce the inequality gap. No full convergence in income distribution can be realized through finance only and there is still a need for redistribution policies. Accordingly, an objective function for cooperative financial institutions should define a desired pricing behaviour that can increase the income of members at a rate higher than the average growth rate of the economy.

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  • 12-11-2018

    New Journal Article by PhD student Mariana Vilmondes Türke

    VilmondesIEE PhD student Mariana Vilmondes Türke just published a new journal article in Revista de Direito Internacional, v. 15, n. 2:

    Business and Human Rights in Brazil: Exploring Human Rights Due Diligence and Operational-Level Grievance Mechanisms in the Case of Kinross Paracatu Gold Mine

    This legal study explores the case of Kinross gold mine in Paracatu, Brazil, and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. In the past decades, enterprises have been looking after more responsible social-environmental practices by designing their bylaws in compliance to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights and other national requirements. This paper sheds light specifically on the design of the firm’s due diligence practices and operational-level grievance mechanisms. If, on the one hand, Kinross shows policy commitment to applicable norms, on the other hand, local communities still claim to be impacted by health, infrastructural and environmental damages. In such a contentious situation, the biggest matter lies on the inability of affected stakeholders to seek redress and of the firm, to manage its own policy. Looking at the realization of human rights and at more respectful business-community relations, this article highlights means of improving the enterprise’s legal mechanisms and other possible causes of inefficacy that affect the firm’s ability to respect human rights.

    Full text downloadable here

  • 12-11-2018

    New Journal Article of Former PhD Student Themba Nyasulu

    NyasuluFormer PhD student Themba Nyasulu has just published a journal article in the International Journal of Economic Development (IJED), Vol. 12(1), pp. 82-107:

    Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth in the Southern African Development Community (SADC): The Role of Human Capital

    The relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and economic growth has received considerable empirical attention in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) but the role that human capital plays in this nexus is not well-understood. This is despite economic theory firmly suggesting that human capital plays a pivotal role in fostering the adoption of superior foreign technologies and enhancing the spillover benefits (learning-by-doing) that emanate from inward FDI in host countries. Against this background, therefore, the paper utilizes the Mankiw-Romer-Weil growth model in examining linkages between human capital (in form of education), FDI and economic growth in 15 SADC countries. After running cross-country regressions on data covering the period 1990-2015, human capital is found to positively influence the size and significance of the FDI-effect on economic growth in SADC. This suggests that SADC countries should continue upgrading the quality and quantity of their education in order to maximize FDI-induced development.

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  • 18-10-2018

    Two IEE Members contributed to a New Urban Food Plus Publication

    DittrichNicole Dittrich and Christina Seeger contributed to a new publication for Urban Food Plus:

    Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in Bamenda: A Policy Narrative
    by D. Bertrand Njoh, T. Feldt, C. Seeger, N. Dittrich, H. Karg, E. Gawum, A. Witte, R. van Veenhuizen.

    Increasingly people live in cities. Currently more than half of the population lives in urban areas, and it is predicted that by 2050, this will be over 75%. This urbanisation is a major driver of unsustainable transformation of urban rural relations and food systems.  Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) links and interlinks a wide variety of urban issues and development objectives. Different stakeholders (local assemblies, NGOs, the (formal and informal) private sector and urban farmers, traders, consumers) are involved, while a range of policies and regulations address urban farming directly or indirectly.

    This policy narrative provides information on the situation and role of UPA in Bamenda, in the North West region of Cameroon. It has been developed through the collaborative effort of researchers of the UrbanFoodPlus project and the project partner organisations SHUMAS and RUAF, together with the key stakeholders from Bamenda including Bamenda Central City Authority (BCCA), several ministries, universities, farmer cooperatives, civil society organisations and local media. (...)

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  • 10-09-2018

    New IEE Working Paper

    GerharzProf. Dr. Eva Gerharz, member of the IEE directory board, just published a new IEE Working Paper:

    The Interface Approach

    The interface approach is especially well suited to understanding the specific conditions and processes in  development cooperation. Therefore, it has been mainly adopted in development studies, particularly in the field of development sociology. In order to gain an understanding of this approach and the theories behind  it, the first part of this paper introduces the essential theoretical premises and their methodological significance. In the second part, a case from the author's fieldwork in Northern Sri Lanka is used to illustrate how a research design can be developed using the interface approach, and how one might analyse the collected data.

    The paper can be downloaded here.

  • 03-09-2018

    New Article by Raffael Beier in Welt-Sichten Dossier

    BeierIEE member Raffael Beier just published an article in Welt-Sichten Dossier 9-2018, pp. 16-17:

    Zwischen Rebellion und Global City: Stadtentwicklung in Marokko

    Im Königreich Marokko ist Nachhaltigkeit ein Modewort der Stadtplanung geworden - zumeist jedoch beschränkt auf Umweltaspekte. Wesentliche Stadtplanerische Leitlinien gibt König Mohammed VI. vor, Kommunen müssen umsetzen, Bürgerinnen und Bürgern bleibt bisher wenig Einfluss. (...)

    The whole article can be read in Welt-Sichten Dossier 9-2018, downloadable here

  • 28-08-2018

    New Journal Article by Two IEE Members

    FritzscheBeierJasmin Fritzsche-El Shewy and Raffael Beier just published an article in Z’Flucht – The German Journal for Refugee Studies 2(1), 128-142:

    UN-Habitat, the New Urban Agenda and Urban Refugees – A State of the Art.

    In recent years, policy documents of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have increasingly focused on urban refugees. We argue in this article that the discussion on urban refugees should not only draw on expertise in forced migration studies, but also systematically involve perspectives from urban studies. Therefore, we analyse the New Urban Agenda and the way the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has dealt with refugees based on their experience in urban development. Finally, we argue that an intensified discussion between urban and forced migration studies offers the opportunity to advance research and practices directed at refugees living in urban areas.

    More information here

  • 12-06-2018

    New Journal Article by Raffael Beier

    BeierIEE member Raffael Beier just published an article in "City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action", Vol. 22, No. 2, pages 220-235:

    Towards a New Perspective on the Role of the City in Social Movements. Urban Policy after the 'Arab Spring'

    Cities were at the centre of the ‘Arab Spring’, but did they play a decisive role or were they just the passive settings in which these uprisings took place? This paper develops a new way of understanding the role of the city in social movements by looking at changes and continuities in urban policy in North Africa after the ‘Arab Spring’. The paper’s main argument is that the role of the city in social movements can be understood through an analysis of governments’ urban policy responses to those movements. First, it shows that North African urban policy has always reacted sensitively to social unrest and that neoliberal planning schemes have even strengthened this sensitivity. Second, the paper provides an empirical comparative analysis of urban policy in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia after the ‘Arab Spring’. The study shows that public authorities give pivotal attention to public space and to informal settlements as they have been stigmatised as breeding grounds of social unrest and as a threat to the political establishment.

  • 25-04-2018

    New Journal Article by Diotima Chattoraj

    ChattorajFormer IEE PhD student Diotima Chattoraj recently published an article that was part of her PhD work in eTropic Vol. 17 No. 1 (2018):

    Experiences of Sri Lankan Tamils Displaced to Colombo: Three Narratives

    This paper focuses on the experiences, challenges and aspirations of three middle-aged Sri Lankan Tamil Displaced persons in Colombo who are reluctant to return to their places of origin in the northern provinces of Sri Lanka due to several personal and professional reasons. The paper aims to analyze the diverse experiences they faced due to displacement. It also uncovers strategies used to cope in a new city and portrays the differences they experience between the places they came from and the city they now live in. The empirical point of departure has been drawn from the stories of three middle-aged Sri Lankan Tamil Displaced persons in Colombo. The paper argues that they have adapted to their place of displacement and view the city as a more suitable place to live compared to their places of origin. In addition, they also identify displacement as a blessing in disguise as they believe integrating in Colombo helped them to aspire to a better future which would have never been possible in their places of origin. Thus, this paper provides a picture of how they have reconstructed their lives in Colombo and how this has led them to reconsider and renegotiate their relationship to their 'homes'.

    More info and full-text PDF here.

  • 19-04-2018

    New Blog Article by Ruth Knoblich and Dr. Tobias Schonwetter

    Knoblich12018 04 publ SchonwetterIEE member Ruth Knoblich and Dr. Tobias Schonwetter from the Intellectual Property (IP) Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa, published together a blog article on the IP Unit's blog-website:

    Rising Middle-IP Powers dissolving the North/South polarization in the international IP system

    The post focuses on rising economies such as Brazil, India, China, and South Africa as middle-IP powers. These countries ermerge as a cross-cutting group of players in the international IP system that may help to dissolve the North/South polarisation in the international IP order. Huge investments in R&D, growing innovation capabilities and a strong dependency on cutting-edge technology and knowledge from foreign countries make them share some interests with developed countries on the one hand. On the other hand, there is a set of conditions they share with other developing countries in the global South. The rise of these 'middle-IP powers' is a major opportunity for developing and enhancing the international IP system as they can help recalibrate the balance between IP rights and their access-oriented limitations, or, put differently, between the private and the public interest.

    This article is the first in a series on rising middle-IP powers, particularly focusing on South Africa as a BRICS member country and a political and economic heavy weight on the African continent. It sheds light on the interests and mechanisms in protecting IP, mirrors current debates on IP reform, and traces the growing influence of these new actors in the realm of international IP law and policy making.

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  • 12-04-2018

    New Journal Article by Prof. Löwenstein and Dr. Sadik-Zada

    LoewensteinWSadik ZadaProf. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Dr. Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada published together an article in the International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Volume 8, No.2 (pp. 196-204):

    A Note on Revenue Distribution Patterns and Rent-Seeking Incentive

    This paper presents a simple model of rent-seeking incentive to explain the emergence and dominance of the rapacious rent-seeking policies in a number of oil abundant developing and transition economies. The Hubbertian distribution of the commodity exports over time, the magnitude of these revenues, and the availability of offshore havens for the illicitly appropriated rent explain the shift from productive public policies to rapacious rent-seeking. In addition, we show that the existence of the well-functioning democratic institutions prior to the revenue boom precludes the emergence of rapacious rent-seeking institutions due to prohibitively high costs of rent-seeking. The paper complements the existing literature by delivering a novel theoretical rationale for the predisposition of the oil-rich countries to the resource curse.

    Link: (with full-text PDF)

  • 10-04-2018

    New Article by Raffael Beier

    BeierIEE member Raffael Beier published an article "Social Movements as Drivers of Urban Policy: The Case of the Arab Uprisings in North Africa" in "Schoch, Aline and Reto Bürgin (eds.), Urbane Widerstände – Urban Resistance. Peter Lang: Bern" (pp. 63-78).

    Inspired by the Arab Spring, a growing number of protest movements – from Occupy Wall Street to the Gezi-Park movement – have recently rediscovered the city. Although it is disputed in how far these urban resistances address the ‘urban’, they are likely to influence urban policy. With focus on the Arab uprisings, this paper puts emphasis on the nexus between resistance and control. It asks in how far and to which extent authorities in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia have readjusted their urban policies in response to the Arab uprisings since 2011. By doing so, it underlines the historic importance of social movements as drivers of urban policy.

    More information on the book here.

  • 15-02-2018

    New Journal Article on Privatization in the Latin American Power Sector

    LoewensteinWSadik ZadaTwo IEE members, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Dr. Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada, and a former RUB student and currently European Investment Fund and CED fellow Mattia Ferrari published together an article in the International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Volume 8, No.1 (pp. 95-103):

    Privatization and the Role of Sub-National Governments in the Latin American Power Sector: A Plea for less Subsidiarity?

    In this paper, they explore the cross-national impact of privatization in the network industries on the access to network services. They focus on the assessment of the electricity sector in 20 Latin American countries and analyze the time series between 1985 and 2010. To control for the relevance of the subsidiarity (social commons) argument they assess the interaction between commodification and the role of the sub-national governments in the power sector. Privatization has a statistically significant positive effect on the level of electricity access. In the absence of federalism, privatization in the electricity sector has a greater impact on electrification than is the case with federalist government system. Federalism has a positive impact on the electricity access if electricity is generated and supplied mainly by the state-owned enterprises. Another interesting finding is the relationship between the degree of subsidiarity and electrification: A higher degree of subsidiarity has a negative effect on the electrification. This could be a result of the increasing transaction costs and rent-seeking behavior in the decentralized settings. The study complements the existing literature by analyzing the privatization reform from the subsidiarity perspective

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  • 12-01-2018

    Two New Journal Articles by Britta Niklas

    IEE member Britta Niklas published two articles (one as a co-author) in the Journal of Wine Economics, Volume 12/2017, No. 4:

    2018 01 JournalofWineEconomicsBritta Niklas: Impact of Annual Weather Fluctuations on Wine Production in Germany (pages 436 - 445):

    This paper analyzes the impact of annual weather fluctuations on the total output of wine and on the share of output of different wine-quality categories in Germany, using a set of wine data from all thirteen German wine regions and daily weather data taken from regional weather stations. The empirical analysis suggests that rising average temperatures have a significantly positive impact on the total output of wine as well as on the output shares of wine in higher- quality categories. The number of freezing days appears to be detrimental to overall produc- tion; precipitation during the growing season impairs higher-quality wines in particular. (JEL Classifications: Q21, Q13)

    Britta Niklas, Karl Storchmann & Nick Vink: Fairtrade Wine Price Dispersion in the United Kingdom (pages 446 - 456):

    This paper analyzes wine price dispersion in the United Kingdom. In particular, we are inter- ested in examining whether Fairtrade wines are different from non-Fairtrade wines. Because Fairtrade wines serve an additional social purpose, one may think that consumers search less aggressively for the outlet with the lowest price, thus allowing for a larger price dispersion than for regular wines. We draw on data for about seven thousand wines from South Africa, Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade, sold in the United Kingdom between 2007 and 2012. In a first step, we run a hedonic regression model explaining the wine prices using Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) and Two-Stage Least Squares (2SLS) Instrumental Variable (IV) approaches. In the next step, we regress the squared residuals from the first step on a Fairtrade 0-1 dummy-variable. When using the squared residuals from the OLS model, we find that Fairtrade is a negative determinant of price dispersion. Therefore, Fairtrade wines exhibit a sig- nificant lower price dispersion than the comparison group. When using the squared residuals from the IV model, we find mixed results and suspect the presence of a substantial bias due to weak instruments. Finally, in order to avoid IV pitfalls, we ran Fairtrade and Non- Fairtrade wines in separate equations. We find support for the OLS results, i.e., Fairtrade wines appear to exhibit lower price dispersion than their non-Fairtrade counterparts. Whether this is due to consumer search is a priori unclear. (JEL Classifications: L31, L81, Q11)

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  • 04-10-2017

    New Journal Article by PhD student Amr Khafagy

    KhafagyAn article of IEE PhD student Amr Khafagy: "Regulation, supervision and deposit insurance for financial cooperatives: an empirical investigation" has been published in the Annals of Finance (online first)

    This paper analyses the impact of different regulation and supervision approaches, as well as deposit insurance schemes, on the development of financial cooperatives in developing countries, using random and fixed effects estimators. Information on laws regulating financial cooperatives, the supervisory approaches adopted, and deposit insurance schemes in sixty-five developing countries were collected—mostly—from original legislations for the period 1995–2014. Key findings suggest that indicators of financial cooperative development are positively correlated with the existence of a specialized regulation; supervision under non-bank financial supervisory authorities; and the presence of deposit insurance schemes, while general cooperative society’s regulations and banking regulations are negatively correlated with financial cooperatives’ indicators. These results are robust after controlling for economic and institutional factors as well as potential endogeneity bias.

    Keywords: Financial regulations Financial supervision Financial cooperatives Deposit insurance

    Khafagy, Amr (2017) "Regulation, supervision and deposit insurance for financial cooperatives: an empirical investigation" In: Annals of Finance (online first)

  • 23-06-2017

    Paper on Refugees and the New Urban Agenda

    BeierFritzscheTwo Cluster 2 members, Raffael Beier and Jasmin Fritzsche, published together a short, peer-reviewed paper in the special issue "Shelter in Displacement" of Forced Migration Review (55, June 2017). The article is titled "Refugees and the city: UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda" and calls for special protection for refugees and displaced persons as part of countries’ housing policies (full text)

  • 02-05-2017

    New Journal Article by PhD student Themba Nyasulu

    An article of IEE Phd student Themba Nyasulu: "Harnessing Economic Impacts of Migrant Remittances for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Review of the Literature" has been published in the African Human Mobility Review (AHMR).

    The recent rise in migrant remittances across Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the important issues currently dominating economic policy discourse in the region. Given the large volume of remittance flows, it is obvious that they have important positive and negative economic effects on the individual families and economies that receive them. Therefore, this paper critically examines channels through which remittance transfers affect microeconomic and macroeconomic activity, and suggests policy options available to Sub-Saharan African countries in terms of harnessing their development potential. The paper affirms that prospects for remittances to facilitate economic development remain high provided that recipient countries put in place institutional frameworks capable of mitigating the malign effects and enhancing the benign effects of remittances.

    Keywords:  migrant remittances, microeconomic impacts, economic development, Sub-Saharan Africa

    Nyasulu, Themba (2017) "Harnessing Economic Impacts of Migrant Remittances for Development: A Critical Review of the Literature", African Human Mobility Review (AHMR) Vol. 3(1) 1 January-April, pp.645-670 (full text available at:

  • 28-04-2017

    Dr. Annika Engelbert Published Her Doctoral Thesis

    Engelbert ThesisAnnika Engelbert: Public Procurement Law in Sub-Saharan Africa. A Means to Curb Corruption?

    Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2017. - 289 S. - ISBN 978-3-8487-4026-0
    (Recht und Verfassung in Afrika – Law and Constitution in Africa, Vol. 31)

    Public procurement is a core government activity that is highly prone to corruption. Why, despite joint efforts of national governments and the international donor community to strengthen statutory frameworks, are public procurement systems in Sub-Saharan Africa still insufficiently equipped to prevent corruption? It is the purpose of the book to advance Law and Development research by (a) assessing the effectiveness of institutional means to curb procurement-related corruption in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda; (b) treating law as a means to foster development, and (c) applying qualitative research methods to establish causal mechanisms between law and the social phenomenon of corruption. The book shows that while procurement systems are on paper well suited to serve as anti-corruption instruments, implementation gaps are significant; thus, 'law in books' and 'law in action' differ to a large extent. The reasons are unearthed on the political, institutional, and individual level.

    See info at Nomos

  • 07-04-2017

    New Journal Article by Raffael Beier

    Raffael Beier: Tunis und Casablanca - Stadtentwicklungspolitiken zwischen "Worlding" und Sozialverträglichkeit, in: inamo 89, Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten, Jg. 23, Frühling 2017, S. 24-28

    2011 gerieten die arabischen Städte als Orte der Revolte in den Fokus der Weltöffentlichkeit. Dieser Artikel widmet sich dem engen Verhältnis von Stadt und Protest und fragt, inwiefern die Stadtentwicklungspolitik in Tunis und Casablanca auf den Arabischen Frühling reagiert hat. Neben Versuchen der strukturellen Erneuerung der Stadtentwicklungspolitik in Tunesien und steigender Bedeutung der sicherheits- und stabilitätspolitischen Dimension in der Stadtplanung sind zuletzt verstärkt Kontinuitäten, insbesondere im Hinblick auf den Bau von Großprojekten, zu beobachten.

  • 03-04-2017

    New Book published by Ruth Knoblich

    Ruth Knoblich, IEE research fellow, and current visiting researcher at the Intellectual Property (IP) Unit, University of Cape Town, published a book on global power shifts in the international IP regime, analyzing the interests, strategies, and influence of Brazil, India, and China.

    9783658037246"Die globale Regulierung geistiger Eigentumsrechte. Interessen, Strategien und Einfluss Brasiliens, Indiens und Chinas"

    Angesichts des Aufstiegs von Staaten wie Brasilien, Indien und China zu neuen Wissensmächten fragt das Buch nach den Konsequenzen, die diese Dynamik für die globale Regulierung geistiger Eigentumsrechte mit sich bringen könnte und prüft entlang des Fallbeispiels 'Zugangsregelungen zu genetischen Ressourcen und dem Schutz traditionellen Wissens' den Einfluss der BIC-Staaten auf das bestehende internationale Schutzsystem.

    The book can be found here, via Springer Link.

  • 30-01-2017

    New Article by Johannes Norpoth

    Johannes Norpoth: The Mutually Agreed Solution (MAS) between Indonesia and the United States (US) in US – Clove Cigarettes: A Case of Efficient Breach (or Power Politics)?

    The MAS to the US – Clove Cigarettes case between the US and Indonesia evokes the idea of the WTO dispute settlement system (DSS) allowing for efficient breach since the case was declared settled based on mutual commitments of the two parties, while the original violation by the US remains in place. The paper first discusses whether MAS are a means through which WTO law allows such flexibility, concluding that such a view is tenable despite valid objections. Then, it inquires whether the MAS found between Indonesia and the US can be considered as a situation of efficient breach. In this context, the paper analyses the mutual commitments of the US and Indonesia with specific attention to the potential role of power in the settlement. The paper argues that from a legal perspective the MAS between Indonesia and the US cannot be considered a case of efficient breach, although politically the situation established through the MAS resembles a situation of efficient breach. The paper finds that power imbalances played a role in the settlement and suggests that the case study of this specific MAS highlights systemic risks in the current handling of WTO dispute settlement through MAS.

    2017-01 NorpothJohannes Norpoth, The Mutually Agreed Solution (MAS) between Indonesia and the United States (US) in US – Clove Cigarettes: A Case of Efficient Breach (or Power Politics)?, in: Adinolfi, G., Baetens, F., Caiado, J., Lupone, A., Micara, A.G. (Eds.), International Economic Law - Contemporary Issues, Springer 2017, pp. 129-147

    available as E-Book (ISBN 978-3-319-44645-5) and Hardcover (ISBN 978-3-319-44644-8) - more info at

  • 17-11-2016

    Three new UA Ruhr Studies on Development and Global Governance

    uar-studies-68 coverVol. 68: Annika Engelbert, Markus Kaltenborn, and Nina-Annette Reit-Born:
    Effective Corruption Ccontrol. Supplier remedies in public procurement in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania - A comparative analysis of mechanisms and their implementation.
    This book presents the results of a three-year research project based at the Ruhr-University Bochum, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Corruption in public procurement is widespread and particularly damaging to development objectives, as it undermines any state's duty to maximize the social and economic welfare of its citizens. Yet, research on country-specific regulation meant to address this problem has remained scarce. ...

    uar-studies-69 coverVol. 69: Stefan Buchholz:
    Dimensionen und Bestimmungsfaktoren der HIV/AIDS-bezogenen Stigmatisierung in der Republik Südafrika: Ergebnisse einer empirischen Untersuchung unter Studenten in der Metropolregion Kapstadt.
    Stigmatisierungsprozesse gegenüber Menschen mit HIV/AIDS stellen ein elementares Hindernis im Kampf gegen die Immunschwächekrankheit dar. In Südafrika fielen diese in der Vergangenheit so drastisch aus, dass Betroffene das Bekanntwerden ihrer HIV-Infektion mit dem Leben bezahlt haben. Die vorliegende Arbeit stellt eine Ursachenanalyse HIV/AIDS-bezogener Stigmatisierungsprozesse in der südafrikanischen Gesellschaft dar. Basierend auf sozialwissenschaftlichen Theorien und empirischen Vorkenntnissen wird ein Erhebungsinstrument zur Erfassung stigmatisierender Einstellungen entwickelt. ...

    uar-studies-70 coverVol. 70: Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada:
    Oil Abundance and Economic Growth.
    This book deals with the role of oil abundance in economic growth. The major theoretical contribution of the analysis is the transformation of the rentier state theory into the language of mathematical economics. The mathematical formalization of the rentier state theory enables a more sophisticated analytical tool for the assessment of the role of nonrenewable resource revenues in economic growth and institutional dynamics. The embedding of the elements of a rentier state into the labor surplus economy framework leads to grave consequences as reflected in the quantitative part of the survey. The augmented labor surplus economy model shows that both the political economy and the purely economic causes of the resource curse can have similar effects on the resource allocation in the affected nation. ...

    Please find the full abstracts and more information here.

  • 14-11-2016

    Journal Article by Amr Khafagy

    Amr Khafagy, PhD IDS student at the IEE, published an article in the Journal of Institutional Economics:
    "Political institutions and financial cooperative development".

    This paper analyses the influence of political institutions on the development of financial cooperatives. It proposes a political economy theory where autocratic regimes deliberately oppose the development of a well-functioning financial cooperative sector to maintain their political influence, and prevent the formation of strong pressure groups that can threaten the current political status quo and reduce the governing elites’ economic benefits from underdeveloped and exclusive financial sector. Using panel data from 65 developing countries from 1995–2014, the results show that democracy, political rights and civil liberties promote financial cooperative development. These results are robust in controlling for endogeneity as well as other economic and institutional factors.

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  • 15-08-2016

    New Publication by Davison Muchadenyika

    Davison Muchadenyika from Zimbabwe, PhD candidate at the South African - German Centre for Development Research, published a new paper titled 'Multi-Donor Trust Funds and Fragile States: Assessing the Aid Effectiveness of the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund'.

    Research for this paper was largely conducted during Davison worked on his Master thesis for the Bochum Programme of Development Management at the University of the Western Cape.