October 2022

Dear reader,


Disaster risk reduction and crisis management at the local level is a topic that has a special relevance in times of advancing climate change. This is demonstrated by extreme weather events such as the massive recent floods in Pakistan and Nigeria, as well as the devastating disaster on the Ahr and Erft rivers in Germany last summer.

At the Bonn Symposium 2022 on 7 and 8 December, we will discuss possible solutions with representatives from politics, science and civil society, and find out what contribution disaster risk management can make to sustainable development and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. If you are interested in participating, please write directly to nordmann@sef-bonn.org.

As a reader of our newsletter, you will have observed that the coronavirus pandemic has changed our event formats. We are very interested in how you perceive and evaluate these developments. Therefore, we cordially invite you to participate in our survey on sef: events! Thank you very much.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter and look forward to welcoming you at one of our events again soon!

Best regards,

Elena Sondermann,
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)


Ingo Nordmann,
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)


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Disputing Child Labour Globally: Legitimation Struggles in the Past and Present

International conference

9 - 10 November 2022, online and Duisburg

Nearly one in ten children in the world continues to be affected by child labour. Children organised in Latin American children’s trade unions have called for a 'right to work' and promoted humane child labour conditions. By contrast, the International Labour Organization (ILO) advocates for a complete abolition of child labour. With the conference „Disputing Child Labor Globally“, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (KHK)/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR) focuses on historical and current struggles for interpretation and forms of legitimation.

You can find further information on the conference and the registration here.

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Towards more Cooperation and Equity in Global Health? A New International Treaty on Pandemic Prevention

sef: Policy Lunch - Online

24 November 2022, 12.30 – 13.45 hrs CET

Countries around the globe had and still have to struggle with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are equipped with different resources to deal with these challenges, which points to imbalances in the global health architecture. As the world is likely to struggle with more pandemics in the future, the World Health Assembly decided to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to draft an international agreement to tackle this issue.

The sef: Policy Lunch will shed light on the question how the agreement can contribute to more equity and solidarity in the global health system. Register now here!

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Local Solutions to Global Risks: Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development

Bonn Symposium

7 - 8 December 2022, Gustav-Stresemann-Institute, Bonn

The disaster risks for communities worldwide are increasing dramatically. Extreme weather events, often triggered by climate change, are becoming more frequent, making comprehensive disaster prevention indispensable for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We will discuss potential solutions and best practices from around the world at this year’s Bonn Symposium, which we are conducting in cooperation with the Service Agency Communities in One World of Engagement Global (SKEW) and the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV).

The tenth anniversary edition this year is also the first in three years that is taking place in person in Bonn. If you are interested in participating, please write directly to nordmann@sef-bonn.org.

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Save-the-date: Global Supply Chains in Times of Multiple Crises

Dresden Forum for International Politics

2 February 2023

Next February, the Dresden Forum for International Politics will focus on challenges in global supply chains in times of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. The one-day conference will be accompanied by an evening event at the Frauenkirche in Dresden.

Mark your calendar now for 2 February 2023!


New impetus for Agenda 2030 – Why a Fourth International Conference on Financing for Development is overdue

Global Governance Spotlight 2|2022

The first half of Agenda 2030 has passed, and still the international community is far from implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The lack of access to funds for necessary reforms is a key problem for many countries of the Global South. Therefore, Bodo Ellmers argues that there is an urgent need for a new global Conference on Financing for Development.

His Global Governance Spotlight 2|2022 is now available on our website.


Land Titles and Borrowing in Ethiopia

AVE Good Practice 27

In rural Ethiopia, it has only been possible for a very short time to use registered land titles as collateral for taking out individual loans. AVE Good Practice 27 examines the background, potential and risks of mortgaging land titles using the example of the Kersa Malima Woreda in the Oromia region. The publication is part of the INEF project “Pathways out of Poverty, Vulnerability and Food Insecurity“ (AVE), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Between non-proliferation and prohibition: the two worlds of international nuclear governance

New contribution to INEF blog series “Peace and Development“

Leonardo Bandarra and Carmen Wunderlich examine the relationship between the two most important international conferences on the limitation of nuclear weapons. Despite the common goal of preventing nuclear war, these arenas of negotiation have so far proceeded separately, the authors say. They urge to explore future opportunities for mutual reinforcement and complementarity.

Imagining Global Pathways for Global Cooperation

Edited volume – open access

How can states, civil society and activists of social movements work together towards change in the face of many crises and problems? Imagination and its cognitive effects are the focus of the new interdisciplinary anthology of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (KHK)/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR). Drawing on a variety of policy fields, regions, and historical periods, it highlights the agency of a broad range of actors in enacting past and present experiences and imagining future paths of collective problem-solving.


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Rwanda's Jobs in the Digital Era

Study on scenarios for the future of IT-based services

How will digitalization affect future employment? This is the question addressed by a study written by INEF member Elvis Melia together with two co-authors, which includes scenarios and policy proposals for the urban taxi- and food delivery service sector on the one hand and the online and call center sector on the other.

The study was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). An animation summarizes the study's findings, and a podcast by the International Labor Organization (ILO) is also dedicated to the study.

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Online, hybrid, in person? Your opinion on sef: events

Survey on event formats

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The Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) was founded in 1986 on the initiative of Willy Brandt. It is a cross-party and non-profitmaking organisation. sef: provides an international high-level forum for shared thinking on the complex challenges of globalisation. It is linked to the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) by a cooperation agreement. The aim of INEF’s application-oriented research is to build bridges between theory and practice. It is one of three host institutions of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research.