The multiple crises in the MENA region with their vast impact of destruction, disorder and displacement require a new, systemic approach towards building — not rebuilding — in order to support transitions to sustainable peace. The vision and efforts of the local population to build a new peaceful society have to be at the center of reconstruction efforts. Meeting the challenges of protracted conflict and violence requires more effective partnerships between different actors, multi-sectoral and bottom-up approaches, a stronger focus on political economy analysis as well as on collective outcomes and joint learning from evidence.
The event will launch a joint publication of BMZ, GIZ and KfW distilling lessons learned from supporting reconstruction efforts in the MENA region and beyond, as well as good practice from German development cooperation. It also highlights challenges and dilemmas as food for thought, and it offers a set of recommendations for further learning and action.
Dr. Ulrike Hopp-Nishanka
Volker Oel, Deputy Director General and Commissioner for the Middle East, BMZ
Marc Engelhardt, Director Middle East, KfW
Hans Frühauf, Director Near and Middle East II, GIZ
Bettina Iseli, Director Programmes, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe
Conrad Schetter, Director, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
Dennis Tänzler, Director and Head of Programme Climate Policy, Adelphi
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