Poor Implementation: Rich countries risk achievement of the global goals

Three years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, the global community already risks to fall short on achieving the global goals. Though many countries are progressing, it is especially the rich countries of the G20, which need to strengthen their efforts, as a lack of national implementation mechanisms and negative spillover effects threaten the global achievement. read more...


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Award Ceremony

The German and Chinese economies are now interconnected in ways that go far beyond production processes, supply chains and sales structures – something demonstrated by the growing number of social projects at this year’s More than a Market Awards.  read more...


Italy at the Polls

Heading towards a Badly Hung Parliament?

The Italian parliamentary elections on March 4 are expected to yield no easy results, as no party is likely to be able to form a government alone. Which government will take charge and what policies will it adopt? read more...



Czech Politics Between General and Presidential Elections: Stalemate and Chaos?

The clear winner of the Czech general elections, populist Andrej Babiš, is a lonesome man. Despite some ad hoc cooperation with extreme forces, the political class positioned itself united against the new Prime Minister. Now the Chamber of Deputies voted no-confidence for his cabinet. Furthermore, the Czech parliament lifted his immunity to allow the prosecution of PM Babiš in a case of a potential EU subsidy fraud. But the wall of resistance is brittle. read more...


Policy Recommendations

Prosperity for all? Germany needs a new inclusive economic policy

Last Sunday a new round of talks for forming a German government will commence. Regardless of which coalition ultimately governs, the focus must be on creating a forward-looking economic policy. If prosperity is to be shared by everyone, the country needs a sustainable, inclusive growth model. Our publication shows how this is can be achieved. read more...


SDG Index

Ahead of G20 summit: 'my country first' approach threatens achievement of global goals

Two years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg must strengthen the commitment towards these historic global goals. A rising "my country first" approach by many heads of government threatens the realization of the SDGs. Even worse: International spillover effects caused by many industrialized countries impede many developing countries from fulfilling their obligations. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Can Modi make the elephant dance?

Narendra Modi's commendable plan to transform India's welfare system and bring in sustainable development through radical market-driven reforms is challenged by infrastructure bottlenecks and the realities of rural India. read more...


Social Justice Index 2016

“The Upswing isn’t Reaching Everyone”

We spoke with the authors of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s 2016 Social Justice Index about growing opportunities for social participation in Europe and why many people are in danger of poverty despite successes on the labor market. read more...


SGI 2016

Challenges for OECD and EU countries increase, while problem-solving abilities are in decline

Reform capacity of the government, quality of democracy and rule-of-law or level of social inclusion – every year the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) examine the future viability of the OECD and EU member states. The Nordic countries are still best equipped for the future, but their top position is wavering. The consequences of the economic and financial crisis are still drastic, especially in the Eurozone. With national populism on the rise in several countries, the refugee challenge poses a real test for the EU. read more...



Six scenarios for Germany’s labor market

Digitization is already turning the labor market upside down. What might the general situation look like for people, companies, and politicians if this trend keeps stepping up its pace in Germany? Labor market experts and experts from the digital economy have outlined six potential scenarios. read more...

Asia Brief 30.11.2015

Asia Briefing

„Modi’s Reform Agenda: A Toothless Tiger? “

A panel discussion on Modi's economic reforms was organised on the 30th November 2015 in cooperation with the journal Internationale Politik in Berlin. The panel of well-known experts from academia, politics and media included Dr Sandra Destradi (senior fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies), Mr Michael Steiner (former German ambassador to India) and Mr Raghavan Srinivasan (senior associate editor of The Hindu Businessline). read more...

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Initiative and Award

China - More than a Market

The German Chamber of Commerce in China, Shanghai, together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung and supported by the German Consulate in Shanghai, have started the initiative "More than a Market". In 2016, the inaugural "More than a Market Awards" will be given out for exemplary social projects of German companies in China. read more...



Industrialized nations risk missing new UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals have led to tangible progress in many developing countries. The UN's global Sustainable Development Goals will also require industrialized countries to implement these standards for the first time, beginning in 2016. But most of them are a long way from serving as role models for sustainable development. read more...

Rise of Asia

Asia Briefing

How Asia’s rise is changing the West and what it means for Germany

The rise of Asia and the ideas that lie behind it are shaping the 21st century. The hegemony of the West seems to be collapsing and with it Western norms and political ideals that many had taken for granted. These developments pose grave challenges, but they also offer opportunities to develop a new and more inclusive vantage point to look at world affairs, as the renowned author Pankaj Mishra pointed out in a public lecture organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on 20 May 2015 in Berlin. read more...


Social Europe

Safeguarding social inclusion in the EU

SIM Europe is a social policy monitoring instrument for the EU 28. How can social imbalances in the member states be identified and redressed? How is it possible to demonstrate – including quantitatively – where national influence is dwindling and a need to legislate at the EU level is emerging? read more...

Pension system

Future-proofing the pension system

Despite past reforms, the consequences of demographic change are placing further pressure on the pension-insurance system. How can the pension system’s future sustainability be ensured, and old-age poverty be prevented? read more...


Trilogue Salzburg

Europe must focus on creating habitats for entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and innovation are critical to sustainable growth and social development in Europe, especially in light of Europe's shrinking workforce. As a result, participants at the Bertelsmann Stiftung's 2014 Trilogue Salzburg developed recommendations for European stakeholders. read more...

Expert Commission

Putting people's wellbeing at the centre of public policy

Human wellbeing can and should receive more systematic attention in public policy. This was shown by a high-level expert commission which, at the invitation of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, discussed policy implications from the research knowledge on human well-being and happiness. read more...