Political Afternoon

Fit for the Future? What Role for German Peace and Development Policy in Promoting Innovative Approaches for Resilient Societies?

Peacebuilding is about bridging divides to build effective partnerships. Thus, managing conflicts and crises is not only a task for peacebuilders, but also for a wide range of other sectors and fields – including basic services, such as food security and health, or economic security, but also future-oriented fields like digitalization and technological innovation. Promoting resilient societies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in fragile and conflict affected situations is a global task and requires multiple efforts across sectors and political “silos”. In view of these challenges, dedicated international development partners like Germany can support people-centred multi-sectoral partnerships and innovative approaches at local and country level. Consequently, promoting inclusive ownership and comprehensive support, while working closely with state and society partners are considered as important guiding principles for German development cooperation.

The 2021 German federal election provides momentum to reflect on the future course of Germany’s peace and development policy and on how to create conditions and capacities to relate across boundaries for a combined impact for sustainable peace and development. The panel debate will bring together political decision makers and practitioners as well as state and nonstate actors and discuss experiences and approaches across policy-fields. The exchange aims to prepare the ground for innovative ideas and new partnerships and develop proposals and recommendations for future German peace and development policy. The panel debate aims to discuss the following questions:

  • Lessons from the field – How can cross-sectoral approaches contribute to crises prevention and resilience, and what do we know about success factors for a combined impact on peace and development?

  • Policy guidance – How can German development policy adequately address and respond to cross-sectoral requirements for the promotion of peace and resilient societies, and how can these considerations feed into comprehensive approaches with other actors and partners?

  • Promoting practical implementation – How to remove obstacles and disincentives for cross-sectoral approaches and innovative ideas for cooperation at country-level? What is needed to take up local needs and recommendations for future German policymaking?


Keynote: Dr Maria Flachsbarth
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
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Cindy Chungong
International Alert
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Helena Puig Larrauri
Build Up, United States
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Rebecca Richards
World Food Programme
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Natasha Walker
Moderation FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021
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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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