International sef: Expert Workshop 2018

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Goodbye to elitism: Anchoring global governance in societies

25-26 September 2018, Duisburg

In Western democratic societies, burgeoning populist forces are currently adept at exploiting the public’s fears of a possible decline and loss of status for their own purposes. These fears stem from the actual or perceived negative consequences of seemingly relentless economic and cultural globalisation, depicted by populist politicians as a form of global cooperation which solely benefits a tiny elite.

The opponents of global cooperation touch a nerve when they talk about global governance as an elitist project. The democratisation of global governance has been the subject of intense debate and research since the early 1990s, and yet in practice, the embedding of global governance at a societal level remains relatively weak. In our International sef: Expert Workshop 2018, we therefore aim to identify new strategies which could contribute to the progressive anchoring of global governance in society. In light of a critical appraisal of the “cosmopolitan democracy” debate, we would like to analyse recent trends – such as the growing mobilisation of cities, the use of digital and social media in global politics, and more flexibility in global agreements – and discuss their potential to “counter elitism” in global governance.

Here you can download the conference programme (pdf).

Participation by invitation only.


The Global Refugee Crisis: Towards a just response


With their effort to keep refugees and migrants out of their territories, Western nations abdicate their historical and political responsibility, according to the analysis of the renowned Indian migration researcher B.S. Chimni in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 03|2018. Chimni therefore calls for a just response from the international community to the global refugee crisis. Such a response could only consist of a multidimensional strategy that had to be worked out in a genuine dialogue between all stakeholders.

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sef: Policy Lunch 2018

The EU in Global Food Governance


Enough food is produced worldwide to feed humanity, yet more than 815 million people in the world are undernourished. What is the global vision for food and nutrition governance? What initiatives and reforms are being implemented? What role can the EU play?

sef: and CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies discussed these questions during a Policy Lunch in Brussels. Read the report now!

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding. Establishing the Basis for Sustaining Peace


On 30 May 2018, international experts discussed in Berlin in what way local peacebuilding can contribute to the prevention of conflicts and to a sustainable peace. Examples from Burundi, Ghana, the Philippines and South Africa were provided to demonstrate chances and challenges of local peacebuilding. Read our short summary now.

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