sef: insight

sef: insight 2|2018

"The alternative to democracy is democracy"
Interview with Professor Samir Kumar Das from India

sef: insight 1|2018

"Young people all over the world need to get political"
Interview with Hajer Sharief from Libya

sef: insight 9|2017

"We need to make the SDGs more accessible"
Interview with Abdihakim Ainte on SDG implementation in Somalia

sef: insight 8|2017

"Energy is fundamentally political"
Interview with Tasneem Essop on decentralised renewable energy systems

sef: insight 7|2017

"Local partnerships are key"
Interview with Mariam Yunusa on the importance of SDG localisation

sef: insight 6|2017

"More advocacy work needed"
Interview with Cephas Lumina on the Guiding
Principles on Foreign Debt and Human Rights

sef: insight 5|2017

"Women are losing out"
Interview with Ranja Sengupta on the
effects of trade and investment liberalization

sef: insight 4|2017

"Exclusion is not an event but a
process which builds up over time"
Interview with Oury Traoré

sef: insight 3|2017

"Weaving back trust into the social fabric"
Interview with Bernardo Arévalo de León

sef: insight 2|2017

"Young people can effect change"
Interview with Job Shipululo Amupanda

sef: insight 1|2017

"Skills are critical for the job market"
Interview with Misan Rewane

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!

:further info here

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!

:further info here



The Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) are launching a new publications series: GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS. The new series aims to identify options for international policy action in an ever more complex world. Furthermore, it presents perspectives from different world regions. The series analyses current developments and challenges against the background of long-term political trends, and it illustrates facts with figures and tables. GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS is issued by a team of co-editors from different world regions. For more information, see our press release.

:further info here

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.

:further info here

How to overcome the impasse in UN Security Council reform


The urgently needed UN Security Council reform has been stuck for decades. Without a far-reaching structural change that includes the end of permanent seats and the veto, the Council is fading into irrelevance. But at a time of great power transitions, multipolarity without sufficient multilateralism is a dangerous trend. Therefore, in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 02|2018, Jakkie Cilliers calls for a political and intellectual leap to overcome the impasse in UN Security Council reform.

:further info here