The European Union has given too little attention to the issue of health as a component of its rapprochement with Africa – thus leaving “vaccine diplomacy” to authoritarian states. That could usefully change. In the short term, that would mean giving a fixed share of its COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and helping build up vaccine production there. In the long term, improving health systems should really become an integral part of European economic and development policy in Africa.
The global order is constantly changing. These changes are driven by developments in the tech sector, as well as shifts in economic, political, military, and demographic power. The US is calling established systems into question. Non-western – and in some cases authoritarian – states are increasingly influencing regional and international structures.
International order and democracy is one of DGAP’s core themes. Through it, DGAP helps answer questions about how Germany and Europe can shape regional and international aspects of the evolving global order in the policy realm. We explore options in the areas of sustainability and climate, digitalization and technology, finance, and the regulation of outer space, as well as which policies will be most effective in strengthening democracy and human rights on a regional and international level.