Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery: Making the Case for Nigeria Nigeria’s debt levels are fast becoming unsustainable. The country will be hard-pressed to achieve its developmental and climate commitments given the current fiscal constraints. A debt relief for a green and inclusive recovery initiative could provide innovative solutions to address the challenge. Green hydrogen - Sustainable investment and fair trade Introduction Within the energy transition, international trade in green hydrogen and its derivatives will play an important role. But what opportunities and risks does this entail for exporting countries in the global South? What framework is needed to ensure that investments and trade develop from the start with sustainability in mind? The Heinrich Böll Foundation and Bread for the World are exploring these questions in a joint project. New Foundation Presidents as of April 2022 – Imme Scholz and Jan Philipp Albrecht elected with large majority Press release On Saturday, 4 December 2021, the Members’ Assembly of the Green Party-affiliated Heinrich Böll Foundation has elected Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz and Jan Philipp Albrecht with a large majority as new Foundation Presidents. Net Zero Is Not Zero Recent carbon-neutrality pledges may seem ambitious, but merely serve to promote a new set of false climate solutions under a different guise. Such pledges may persuade many people, but the climate isn’t buying it. Broken Promises - Developed countries fail to keep their 100 billion dollar climate pledge Commentary At the climate summit in Glasgow (COP 26), the issue of climate finance is inextricably linked to success or failure. In Glasgow, past failures and shortcomings in climate finance mobilization and delivery must be ruthlessly addressed by presenting an implementation plan for future improvements. Motherhood in the time of Coronavirus Video Story The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened many of the challenges that mothers around the world face as the global health threat and resulting economic downturn have created a caregiving crisis that has disproportionately affected women and motherhood. Reducing disinformation and hate in election campaigns: how can we detox the debating culture? Analysis The German parliamentary election campaign played out on the internet as never before. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, this was certainly necessary, but it brought with it all the evils we have previously seen in US election campaigns: disinformation campaigns and hate speech were used to discredit candidates, paid political online advertising and foreign influence circumvented basic democratic values. As a woman, Annalena Baerbock the Greens' candidate for Chancellor, was particularly affected. The elections have shown that what we need, in Germany and the EU, are better media skills for the population and clear rules for communication platforms. A brief analysis of the German federal election 2021 Analyse Germany has voted. The SPD, Greens and FDP come out of the elections as the winners, but take a very different view of the results – depending on their expectations and the pressure they feel upon them to act. By and large, the trend towards a party system in which no single party dominates continues. Constituency seats played a very particular role in these elections. This brief analysis provides an overview of the initial results, with a more comprehensive, empirical analysis to follow in the next few days. On the border: Greece’s response to Afghan asylum seekers Commentary Just days after Taliban violently seized control of Afghanistan, the Greek Minister for Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, has warned of a repeat of the situation in 2015 and announced that Greece will not be the “gateway to Europe for illegal Afghan migrants”. By Neda Noraie-Kia In the name of the European Union: on the significance of words Commentary In recent days, there has been a lot of talk in the EU about an emerging “wave of refugees” or “migration disaster”. However, the real disaster is the failure of Western governments to rescue people from Afghanistan who deserve our protection, the Director of our office in Brussels, Eva van de Rakt, comments. By Eva van de Rakt Perspectives #01/2021: African Feminisms Across Generations Throughout the history of social and political movements in African societies, generations of women have, in one way or another, worked to oppose patriarchal domination, laws and practices in the pursuit of gender equality; advocating for their equal participation in all aspects of social, economic and political life. Despite this tradition of women-centred and anti-patriarchal organising, it is only in the last few decades, partly due to efforts to entrench women’s emancipation and gender equality in development goals, that feminism in Africa has evolved as an explicit ideological and political concept. Just and sustainable finance to address multiple global crises demands a focus on gender equality Study In this time of triple crises, with intersecting impacts from the pandemic, the climate emergency, and persistent economic inequality, the global community and its leaders face a “Kairos moment” – a turning point at a critical time for action. The choice is whether to continue with failed policies that have brought the world to this perilous juncture or to retool global economies and systems. Imaginative and transformative approaches could address climate change and other environmental, health, and social threats, based on equity and justice, including gender-equitable access to sustainable finance. By Mariama Williams Dispossess: Evictions for Development? Report Summary As Lagos pushes to become a 'world-class' city, gentrification increases with more low-income residents being displaced under the pretext of 'public interest'. This research summary explores how evicted victims are impacted and its implications on local trade and the Lagos economy. Feminist, decolonial economic solutions to address interconnected global crises Study The undeniable connections among the multiple crises that humanity faces today -- climate change, biodiversity loss, inequality, poverty, and the Covid-19 pandemic -- demand interconnected, rather than segmented, macro solutions. Responses must be systemic and address the structural dynamics and shortcomings of governance, economics and finance. A feminist and decolonial framing provides a lens for proposed reforms. By Emilia Reyes Mobilizing resources urgently for climate action: overcoming longstanding challenges and learning from Covid-19 Study The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that countries can marshal significant resources quickly and at scale in an emergency. The climate crisis requires no less. Only when longstanding issues of climate finance are resolved, can the international system ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable people, communities, and countries can make the necessary changes the whole world needs. By Mohamed Adow Tribunal halts construction of Amu coal power plant in Kenya Article The Government of Kenya has proposed a 1,050 Megawatt (MW) coal plant to be built in Kwasasi, Lamu County, 20km from Lamu Town. The project will be operated by Amu Power on a joint venture by two Kenyan companies, Gulf Energy and Centum. Residents of Lamu County are opposed to the power plant due to the negative economic, environmental, and health impacts it wil have on the ecosystem in Lamu. Building the plant will cause Kenya to be in violation of international treaties and impact Kenya's ability to keep its Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Accord. Climate Finance Fundamentals - Update 2017 Updated just before COP 23 in Bonn (Morocco), this series of 12 short introductory briefings, written in co-operation with the Overseas Development Institute, looks at various aspects of climate change financing drawing on data from www.climatefundsupdate.org, the tracking project of ODI/hbs focusing on dedicated public climate financing instruments from pledge to project. Climate policy together or not at all Transatlatic Media Fellowship The dispute between the supporters of globalisation and the defenders of national sovereignty rages around the world. This also concerns climate policy. Geoengineering is a dangerous distraction Analysis Geoengineering technologies are considered by many to be the most practicable solution to overcome the climate crisis. They are mainly a means to secure the predominant role of fossil fuels in the economy. Great expectations, low execution: The Katowice climate change conference COP 24 Assessement The Katowice climate package brings minor progress, but COP 24 failed to deliver on the most fundamental issues such as raising ambition of national contributions, implementing human rights, and ensuring support for developing countries. The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s position on COP14 The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from the 17th to the 29th of November 2018. The Heinrich Böll Foundation stands in solidarity with Egyptian civil society and will therefore not take part in this year’s COP in Sharm El-Sheikh. Just Say No to Agricultural Gene Drives By forcing laboratory-made genes on an entire population or species, cutting-edge gene-drive technologies have the power to transform entire ecosystems in one fell swoop. But where leading industrial agriculture firms see dollar signs, farmers in the regions where gene drives could be unleashed see a mortal threat to their livelihoods. Green Party Celebrates a Historic Victory in Bavaria – What’s Next Comment State elections in Bavaria mark a shift in the party countryside in Germany. Civil society sees environmental issues to be addressed by political actors and respective policies as an important cause of action now and in the future. The Invisible Women of Europe's Migration Crisis Transatlantic Media Fellowship As rates of migration from sub-Saharan Africa increase, how will Europe protect its most vulnerable asylum seekers? The African Development Bank - Between Financial Success and Social Responsibility In Perspectives Africa 2/2017 the Heinrich Böll Foundation asked civil society activist Aly Sagne to shed light on the track record of the African Development Bank.