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FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2015

Re:think Peacebuilding

Day 1 | 30 September 2015

Public Panel Discussion

Venue: Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz | In den Ministergärten 4 | 10117 Berlin




Welcome address

  • Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Michael Hippler, FriEnt-Chair and Head of the Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid at the Catholic Development Agency Misereor



Introduction of the topic and the panellists by the chair

Public panel discussion 

Re:viewing peacebuilding – shaping policies and practice for the post-2015 world

In the face of a world in turmoil a number of review and agenda setting processes are taking place which will be of utmost importance for the future of peacebuilding. Are we on the right path to face the challenges ahead? Or do we need a new agenda for peace?


  • Rahul Chandran, Senior Policy Advisor, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research
  • Sandra Melone, Executive Vice President, Search for Common Ground
  • Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Sweta Velpillay, Program Coordinator at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

 Chair: Dan Smith, Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute


Evening reception

Day 2 | 1 October 2015


Venue: GIZ Representation | Reichpietschufer 20 | 10785 Berlin




Welcome and opening
by Martin Hoppe,
FriEnt-Chair and Head of Division Peace and Security, at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


Plenary  session

Take change as a starting point…
for peacebuilding and peacebuilders in a post-2015 world

As the context and nature of international cooperation for peace and development is changing, the plenary session shall offer critical reflections on the future of peacebuilding as well as roles and responsibilities of different actors and identify ways forward.

Guiding Questions:

  • What do current challenges and trends mean for the future of the peacebuilding field?
  • Which peacebuilding approaches and paradigms need to be rethought and adapted?
  • Which partnerships are needed – and what are future roles of donors and Northern CSOs?


  • Samuel Doe, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
  • Wolfgang Heinrich, Bread for the World
  • Paul Okumu, Africa Platform (AP)
  • Thania Paffenholz, Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative, The Graduate Institute Geneva

Chair: Natascha Zupan, FriEnt


Lunch break


Parallel sessions
Build on promising policy and practice… despite challenges and limitations
In five parallel sessions, we will look at space for and approaches to peacebuilding. Assessing current policies and approaches as well as roles of state and civil society actors alike, the aim of the sessions is to identify promising peace building practise and distil messages that can inform dialogue with other relevant actors from the global North and South.


Coffee break


Creating space…
to share ideas on the future of peacebuilding

Seated discussants:

  • Dunja Brede, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Flaubert Djateng, ZENÜ Network
  • Sidonia Gabriel, Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF)/swisspeace

Chair: Angelika Spelten, FriEnt


Concluding remarks
by Cornelia Ulbert, Executive Director at the Institute for Developmet and Peace (INEF), University of Duisburg-Essen


Dinner reception

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