Learning from the Past for the Future

“History always repeats itself” is a well-known saying referring to almost every current political development. But to understand its message fully the role and importance of history has to be reconsidered. Nations, peoples, regions or even families often define themselves…

Close the Infrastructure Gap!

In previous articles, we frequently talked about opportunities for economic development and what kind of policy measures have to be provided in order to facilitate sustainable and inclusive global economic growth. But regardless of which region in the world we…

Incorporating Climate Change Education In The Classroom For The Future Generation Of Children

From fires in Australia to swarms of locusts in Africa, the impact of climate change continues to affect environments around the world. As the situation grows more dire with each passing year, climate change education is more important than ever.…

Contact-Tracing Apps: Different Countries Different Rules

All over the world governments have started to use contact-tracing apps to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the use of this technology is touted as an effective way to limit transmission of the virus, critics worry about the privacy of…

Drought in Times of Corona: Old Inequities Exacerbated

As the number of reported cases of COVID-19, or “Coronavirus”, continues to proliferate around the world, governments have enacted a number of policies intended to mitigate the worst impacts of the virus. These measures range from quarantines / lockdowns, social…

What will change after the pandemic?

Life under lockdown, to contain the pandemic, has started to normalize. The newsworthy part is that now countries like Austria, Norway and New Zealand are planning to ease up their restrictions. The aim is to make a gradual recovery back…

The Ocean Cleanup

During the past weeks, IFLRY’s Climate Change Programme has been focused on highlighting different approaches that could help combat climate change. When it comes to the environment, however, another problem that needs to be addressed is pollution, more specifically plastic…

The Problem with Pandemic Bonds

In 2017, the World Bank launched “Pandemic Bonds”, specialized bonds to provide financial support to the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF). The creation of the PEF was announced by the World Bank in May 2016 at the meeting of G7…