Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

27 April 2021
16.00h - 17.30h
Expert Debate
This format includes the presentation and discussion of emerging topics and trends, new and fresh approaches and ideas by guests who are experts in their field, with lots of space for active engagement of and discussions with the participants of the session.
Virtual Session 7

COVID-19 and Local Peacebuilding – Working on Peace and Development in Challenging Times

Clearer than ever, the COVID-19 crisis has shown that peace and development are closely linked. While the pandemic as such is not a cause of violence, it appears to act as a driver and accelerator of conflict and as an obstacle to peace. In numerous country contexts, the COVID-19 crisis adds new layers of conflict and risks to an already tense situation, while local peacebuilders and human rights defenders are facing serious challenges and threads.

For German development cooperation, the implications of this situation are most noticeable for local partners and project activities at country-level. Taking up voices and perspectives from local partners and peace- and development actors in different regions and country contexts, the session aims to reflect on the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for peacebuilding and sustainable development and on how international actors can offer targeted support for local peace work in times of the pandemic.

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The FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum is a series of events on current and overarching challenges and trends in peacebuilding. With the Peacebuilding Forum, we want to provide future-oriented impulses for the development of peacebuilding and strengthen the visibility and importance of the policy field in its entirety.


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