International Policy

The way our economy currently works is destroying the foundations of life on this planet. Climate change is accelerating and biodiversity is under massive pressure. At the same time, the income gap is widening and inequality is growing. A “great transformation” (WBGU) worldwide is needed to bring our global economy in line with planetary boundaries while ensuring a good life for all. The work of our department focuses on projects concerning international infrastructure, investment, economic and fiscal policy as well as the promotion of new economic and development policy ideas.

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Hauptquartier der AIIB in Peking.

The AIIB - A multilateral bank like any other?

Publications
Cover Pastoralismus und Großprojekte für erneuerbare Energien und grünen Wasserstoff

Pastoralism and large-scale REnewable energy and green hydrogen projects

Report

Large-scale renewable energy projects are being developed in the drylands of Africa, Asia and Latina America without adequate consultation with pastoralists that have been using the land for grazing their livestock since time memorial. This joint report by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Bread for the World examines evidence from existing large-scale projects and derives recommendations.

Cover The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Study

The business of the AIIB is the financing of large infrastructure projects such as power plants, dams and transport routes. Such investments are inherently associated with high environmental and social risks, as well as corruption and high levels of debt. This study provides an overview of the institution's close alignment with China and its transparency and information disclosure rules.

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Debt Relief by Private Creditors: Lessons from the Brady Plan

Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery Project

This paper reviews the main features of and experiences with the Brady Plan, which in 1989 laid the foundation for the restructuring of the sovereign debt of mainly Latin American countries. It argues that the combination of credit enhancement for restructured debt, moral suasion, and tax as well as regulatory relief to encourage private creditors to participate in debt restructurings may provide a template for addressing today's sovereign debt problems.

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