Digital Development Debates is published by the Development Policy Forum of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Each issue focuses on a prevailing topic from the development policy sector. Our authors – all experts from their respective fields – explore different facets of this central topic in their contributions. Digital Development Debates takes a two-tiered approach: We offer short journalistic articles aimed at interested laypeople, and more in-depth technical articles that provide well-founded and detailed information.
Digital Development Debates is an interdisciplinary format that takes advantage of every interactive opportunity: we want to encourage conversation between readers and authors. Our goal is to create a lively platform where experts, journalists, students, business people and other interested parties can continue to expand the existing pool of information and with room for debate – as the name Digital Development Debates promises.
Frederik Caselitz is editor-in-chief of Digital Development Debates since June 2014. He studied political science, economics and public law in Bonn, Germany and Puebla, Mexico and worked as a freelance journalist for different newspapers and magazines. Before joining DDD he was researcher at TU Darmstadt’s project ConPar on indigenous participation in Latin America.
Maren Zeidler is an editor at Digital Development Debates web magazine.
She lived in Istanbul, Turkey for eleven years and studied political science, history and cultural anthropology at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany and development studies at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, Great Britain.
Maren has worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH since 2010.
Raphael Thelen is a foreign correspondent based in Leipzig. He studied political science, philosophy and economics in Bonn and earned a degree in journalism from Zeitenspiegel Reportageschule. As a reporter, he has worked in more than 15 countries and his pieces have been published in major German newspapers and magazines. In the past few years, he lived in Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, covering the aftermath of the Arab revolutions, and refugee and migration issues. He joined DDD’s editorial team at the beginning of 2016.