Conference programme

Conference language English

Natural Resource Governance in Africa. 
How to Benefit from Regional Integration

A detailed programme (pdf-file) can be downloaded here



Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Day 1

09.30 hrs Registration
10.00 hrs Welcome
Session I
10.15 Uhr Keynotes
11.15 hrs Plenary discussion
12.30 hrs Lunch
Session II
Licences and Contracts:
A Cornerstone for Sustainable Development
13.30 hrs Input
13.50 hrs Comments
followed by Plenary discussion
15.00 hrs Coffee break
Session III
Transparency in the Natural Resources Sector
15.30hrs Input
15.50 hrs Comments
followed by Plenary discussion

Cultural Programme and Reception

18.30 hrs Sightseeing tour of Potsdam
20.00 hrs Reception hosted by the Minister-President
of Land Brandenburg

Thursday, 08 May 2014

Day 2

Session IV
Tasks for Taxation
10.00 hrs Input
10.20 hrs Comments
followed by Plenary discussion
11.30 hrs Coffee break
Session V
Good Resource Governance - an International Quest
12.00 hrs Input
12.20 hrs Comments
followed by Plenary discussion
13.30 hrs Closing remarks by the organisers

Sustaining Peace. Can a new approach change the UN? 


The world is facing enormous challenges in light of protracted crises and conflicts. The United Nations are looking for answers with the new ‘sustaining peace’ approach. What are the chances of the new approach to change the UN and create sustainable peace? The new Global Governance Spotlight written by Cedric de Coning offers a current overview.

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Strengthening Social Security in Africa


Numerous African countries have adopted measures to improve social protection in recent years. And a large number of relevant initiatives have been established at both regional and continental level. How successful are they and what are the challenges associated? What has to happen for initiatives to be effective on a broader scale? And what kind of support can the international community provide? We will discuss these questions with experts from politics, academia, business and civil society during this year’s Potsdam Spring Dialogues on 19/20 April 2018. Register now!

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Current challenges for democracies


In February 2018, the first Dresden Forum for International Politics took place. The new series is co-organised by the sef:, the Free State of Saxony, Engagement Global gGmbh and Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden. Around 80 experts from different world regions discussed current challenges for democracy. They focused on how to create and sustain peaceful societies in democracies. Read the conference report and further coverage online now!

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Cooperation in a Post-Western World


The Western liberal order finds itself in deep crisis. Global power shifts are accelerating. What does this mean for the future of global cooperation? How can the wish for more national autonomy be reconciled with the need to cooperate in a globalised world? Can new forms of governance contribute to sustaining global cooperation? Michèle Roth and Cornelia Ulbert discuss these questions in the first issue of the new publication series GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS.

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