Glopolis is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization which focuses on the analysis of economic globalization, trade, development, agriculture and climate change.
Political decisions of the European Union (EU) and its Member States too often harm the interests of developing countries. Trade, agricultural and migration policies, among others, undermine the efforts of development policies and efforts for global sustainability. In order to address this deficit, the concept of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) has been, since 1993, gradually brought to the forefront of European policy-making.
The principles of coherence and consistency are further enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty. Article 208 says that the primary objective of the Union development cooperation policy is “the reduction and, in the long term, the eradication of poverty. The Union shall take account of the objectives of development cooperation in the policies that it implements which are likely to affect developing countries.”
The commitment to the policy coherence for development of the Czech Republic is articulated in The Concept of the Czech Development Cooperation Programme 2010-2017 as follows: “According to the principles of the EU, UN and OECD, Czech Republic will emphasise the so-called policy coherence for development (PCD) on both national and EU level as it is considered as an important precondition for meeting the Millennium Development Goals. It will therefore ensure that the external impacts of departmental policies do not undermine the aims and objectives of development policies (especially trade, agriculture, migration, environmental and security policies).” [unofficial translation]
Glopolis activities to enhance policy coherence for development are supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Union. Our partners are Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr;(IMVF), Evert Vermeer Foundation;(EVF), People to People. Our main objective is to contribute to poverty reduction by enhancing Policy Coherence for Development through raising awareness among different stakeholders.
22. 6. 2012
Glopolis has released a study focusing on the impacts and coherence of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the EU development policy, with a detailed look on the role of the Czech agricultural sector and the Czech agrarian foreign trade.
9. 5. 2012
Glopolis' Portuguese partner Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr released as part of the joint project aimed at strengthening European policy coherence with development goals a paper focusing on the impacts and coherence of European policies on development in CapeVerde.
9. 5. 2012
A Dutch nongovernmental organisation Evert Vermeer Foundation, Glopolis' partner, published within the joint project aimed at strengthening European policy coherence with development goals a paper focusing on the impacts European policies on development in Rwanda.
2. 5. 2012
On 2 May 2012 the European Commission met to discuss the European biofuel policy, more specifically the problematic issue of high carbon emissions connected to indirect land use change (ILUC). More than 100 NGOs from all over the world, including Glopolis, signed an open letter to the European commissioners calling for the EU to put measures into place to avert the negative impacts biofuel policies have on climate change.
2. 4. 2012
European policies in support of biofuels have unfortunate consequences – western firms are taking over land in Africa to cultivate crops such as jatropha, essentially destroying local agriculture in the process. “These firms are creating a very poor impression of western countries in the eyes of Africans. People are alarmed over what could happen next,” says Francis Namu Njoka, a Kenyan biofuel and biomass expert.
22. 3. 2012
What is the role of renewable energy sources – especially biomass, biogas and biofuels – in Africa? Can renewable energy sources make a significant contribution to future development in Africa? What are the pitfalls and obstacles to renewable energy sources in Africa and what is the outlook for change? Answers to these and other questions were sought by Glopolis during the week from 12 March till 15 March during which a series of seminars and discussions for students, professionals and the general public were held. The keynote speaker was Francis Namu Njoka, a renewable energy expert from Kenya.
8. 3. 2012
Poverty refers not only to one’s economic situation, but also to other factors that influence life. Especially in the past years the term “energy poverty” has become more common.
23. 2. 2012
In recent years African countries have enjoyed interest from abroad, thanks in part to a great amount of available land apparently ideal for cultivating crops for providing food security and for the production of biofuels.
21. 12. 2011
On 14 December 2011, the Glopolis analytical centre in cooperation with the UN Information Centre held the seminar entitled Biofuel: Opportunities, Risks and Impacts on Developing Countries.
24. 11. 2011
Glopolis and the Czech Climate Coalition have issued a fact sheet on the approaching United Nations climate change conference in Durban, South Africa (28 November – 9 December 2011).
4. 2. 2011
Petr Lebeda from Glopolis took part in the regular board meeting of the Council on Development Cooperation that took place on February 3, 2011. He presented conclusions and recommendations from the study which builds on the new IDC concept in the area of policy coherence, foreign debates and analysis of the situation in the Czech Republic with a focus on institutional framework. He offers practical procedural steps on the working level of public administration.
2. 9. 2010
Between August 6 – 31, 2010 Glopolis realized a research trip to Ethiopia. The aim of the research was to establish a network of contacts in this Sub-Saharan country that is now priority for International Development Cooperation (IDC) in the Czech Republic, and to obtain data and background information for two Glopolis papers focused on Czech and European policies coherence with development goals.
30. 6. 2010
Glopolis’ Dutch partner, Evert Vermeer Foundation, published a paper focusing on the impacts of certain European policies on development and the fight against poverty in Ghana, within the joint project aimed at strengthening European policy coherence with development goals.
14. 10. 2009
The European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development CONCORD;language=eng#header published a report calling for the European Union to stop policies that harm developing countries. The report is a response to the European Commissions’ announcement on policy coherence for development. A brief evaluation of Czech policies is also included in the report which the Prague Global Policy Institute – Glopolis and FoRS (Czech Forum for Development Co-operation) partook in writing up.
Glopolis released an impact study focusing on Ethiopia's food insecurity and European policies within the broader context of food flows, climate change and land grabs.
A recently published study „EU member states on the road towards more policy coherence for development“ examines the hitherto process of implementing Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) and suggests several steps towards further success of PCD.
Glopolis issued a briefing paper on Common Agriculture Policy coherence for development.
Glopolis issued a paper on climate change and technology transfer.
Glopolis issued a study focusing on how to use practical steps and existing mechanisms to streamline select decision-making processes in the public administration of the Czech Republic.
Glopolis issued a new case study entitled “Fair Global Finances” which is part of the “Enhancing Policy Coherence, Making Development Work Better” project.
Glopolis issued a new study New Development Concepts - The East Perspective which focuses on alternative approach to develepment.
Glopolis issued a new publication Czech Republic - The North South Country Profile.
The United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent ambitious and the most comprehensive endeavour of the international community so far to reduce poverty and enhance equitabl e and sustainable development acr oss the globe. The last Millennium Development Goal calls for a Global Partnership for Development.
The paper Koherence české zemědělské a obchodní politiky s rozvojovými cíli (PDF, 302 KB) (available only in Czech) deals with the coherence of Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) of the European Union and agricultural trade policies with the development goals. It points at the main negative impacts of CAP and trade on developing countries and its causes, and introduces possibilities on how to strengthen the coherence of Czech mechanisms for creating agricultural, trade and development policies.
The United Nations‘development goals for the new millennium prove to be ambitious and up to now the most complex effort of the international community to reduce poverty and attain equal and sustainable development around the globe.