FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2014

Seizing Opportunities – Peacebuilding in a Complex World

Day 1 | 7 May 2014

Public Panel Discussion

Venue: Urania Berlin | An der Urania 17 | 10787 Berlin




Opening remarks

Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Coop-eration and Development

Monsignore Pirmin Spiegel, Director General and Chairman of the Catholic Development Agency Misereor


Panel discussion: New responsibility – new pathways? Peacebuilding in the 21st century

Afghanistan, Mali, Syria, Ukraine – in view of the ongoing and new armed conflicts, the debate about Germany’s role in the world has attracted considerable interest over recent weeks. But which pathways can be pursued in order to contribute to development, peace and security in the 21st century?

With the emergence of powers such as China, Russia and Brazil and other non-OECD donors, the parameters for peacebuilding have changed dramatically since the start of the Millennium. At the same time, the international community’s track record on engagement is mixed. Western-influenced principles and approaches such as the liberal peace paradigm and the responsibility to protect (R2P) are not fully endorsed by the emerging powers. Fragile and conflict-affected coun-tries are also gaining in confidence and are demanding that international donors align their en-gagement to these countries’ own strategies for overcoming fragility and conflict. The time has come for a review of the options and scope for peacebuilding:

  • Which principles and approaches have proved their worth – and which ones need to be reviewed?
  • Do current international processes such as the Post-2015 Agenda or the New Deal for En-gagement in Fragile States offer new prospects for peacebuilding?
  • Which new partnerships must be developed and fleshed out – and what space do civil so-ciety initiatives have for peacebuilding?
  • What role can Germany play in future in order to do justice to its “new responsibility”?


Emmanuel Bombande, Chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)

Francesca Bomboko, Coordinator, Congolese Observatory for Poverty and Inequality, Ministry of Planning

Franziska Brantner, Member of German Bundestag, Chairperson of the Sub-Committee for Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Management and Comprehensive Action

Ellen Margrethe Løj, former Ambassador to the United Nations for Denmark and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Liberia


Dan Smith, Secretary General of International Alert



Day 2 | 8 May 2014


Venue: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin | Hiroshimastraße 17 | 10785 Berlin





by Natascha Zupan, FriEnt Coordinator


Plenary session 1:
What space for peacebuilding in a complex world?

The opening panel recapitulates the key points of the public panel discussion on 7 May. It offers in-depth reflections on how to engage effectively in complex contexts characterized by greater uncertainty, fluidity and multi-polarity.

A dialogue between

Dan Smith, Secretary General of International Alert

and Robert Ricigliano, Co-Director of the Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding Program at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Almut Wieland-Karimi, Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)


Plenary session 2:
International Dialogue, New Deal and Post-2015 Development Agenda – Adequate responses to greater complexity?

  • Are the ongoing international initiatives the nucleus for a newly emerging peacebuilding consensus?
  • How will these processes change the space for peacebuilding practitioners?
  • Can all stakeholders make their voices heard?


Henk-Jan Brinkman, UN Peacebuilding Support Office

Lancedell Mathews, New African Research and Development Agency (NARDA)

Erin McCandless, The New School for Public Engagement

Christine Toetzke, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Develop-ment (BMZ)


Almut Wieland-Karimi, Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)


Lunch break


Parallel Sessions:
Emerging peacebuilding trends: Risks and opportunities for policy and practice

In five parallel sessions, we will look at overarching trends and challenges which, together, are of significance for the future direction of peacebuilding. It is in the implementation of new international and national peacebuilding frameworks (e.g. the World Development Report 2011, the New Deal on Fragile States, etc.) that new and old challenges are particularly visible. Participants will discuss opportunities these topics offer to peacebuilding.
The sessions will also focus on practice: which of the established approaches should be chal-lenged, and what alliances are needed for effective engagement in complex conflict situations? The aim is to find messages which the peacebuilding community can pursue in the dialogue with other policy communities.


Coffee break


Plenary session 3:
Fishbowl: Rethinking the peacebuilding agenda

The fishbowl distils crucial insights and common messages of the parallel sessions for peacebuilding actors:

  • How can peacebuilding actors seize opportunities – and how do they need to adapt to the challenges identified?
  • What alliances do we need to reduce violence and promote development in conflict-affected states?
  • What future role(s) exist for civil society and governmental actors in Germany?

Seated Discussants:

Vanessa Wyeth, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Jörn Grävingholt, German Development Institute (DIE)

Emmanuel Bombande, Chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) (tbc)


Michael Hippler, Misereor/Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid


Closing remarks followed by reception