April 2023

Dear reader,


There are only seven days left until this year's Potsdam Spring Dialogues on 27 and 28 April!

The world is currently facing the worst food crisis in 20 years. Many regions in Sub-Saharan Africa are still struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which aggravated social inequality and poverty. Especially states affected by conflicts struggle to provide enough food for the population. In many countries households are spending up to 50 percent of their income on food.

Together with renowned international experts, we will discuss, how more resilient food systems can be designed. We also want to debate how national governments, international and regional organisations, research and civil society can contribute to this endeavor.

As always, you will find further information on our current publications and events in this newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Best regards,

Jannis Saalfeld,
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)


Ingo Nordmann,
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)


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Food Insecurity in Africa in times of global crises

Potsdam Spring Dialogues 2023

27-28 April 2023, Potsdam

The Potsdam Spring Dialogues 2023 are starting in seven days! With international experts, we will discuss possible approaches to tackle food insecurity in Africa in times of global crises.

Please download the updated programme and register here.

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Innovative regional solutions for food security in times of global crises

Brandenburg Dialogue “Learning with Africa”

26 April 2023, Potsdam

Global crises have brought the supply of affordable food to the forefront in recent years, also increasingly in Europe and Germany. In many regions in Africa, the current challenges have led to the most severe food crisis in recent decades. In this Brandenburg Dialogue, we will explore the question of which creative approaches have emerged in Brandenburg and in Africa as a response to the crises and where we can learn from each other, despite different conditions.

The event is aimed at an interested public. You can register here.

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The role of journalism in (re)establishing trust between world regions

sef: session at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

20 June 2023, Bonn

News reporting in any given country tends to focus on the host country and its neighbours. Other world regions are often under- or misrepresented in mainstream programmes. This leads to a situation where distorted images of the respective “other” are prevalent in all world regions. In a time of increasing geopolitical tensions, this contributes to a dramatic loss of trust.
How can quality journalism contribute to (re)building trust between world regions? This will be the topic of this year’s sef: session at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, which takes place on 19 and 20 June 2023 under the title „Overcoming divisons“ at the World Conference Center Bonn. You can register for the Global Media Forum here.

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The Formalisation of Land Rights in Uganda

AVE Study 31b

For nearly ten years, Uganda has pursued a strategy of increasingly formalising and protecting land rights. How does this affect access to financial services? In AVE Study 31b, Arne Rieber and Moses Okech examine economic and poverty-reducing potentials and argue for accompanying regulation to mitigate risks for vulnerable populations.
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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The Dark Side of Global Supply Chain Cooperation

New Article in Global Cooperation Research - A Quarterly Magazine

In a new issue of Global Cooperation Research - A Quarterly Magazine, Christian Scheper discusses the repercussions of the increasing collaboration of companies with other actors along transnational supply chains to solve environmental and social problems. The text argues that the pitfalls inherent in this cooperation have received little attention to date. It advocates a better assessment of the negative social impacts of transnational supply chain solutions concerning persistent forms of environmental degradation and over-exploitation of human labour.

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Delivering the goods – Securing global supply chains despite multiple crises

Dresden Forum for International Politics 2023

Conference report

The war in Ukraine and the Corona pandemic have once again made us aware of the vulnerability of international supply chains. On 2 February 2023, international experts from science, politics and business discussed possible solutions in Dresden. Read the detailed conference report on our website now!


New staff member at the sef:

Nora Witt joined the sef: team as a Research Coordinator in April 2023. She has work experience at Akkon University of Applied Sciences and the Institute of Research in International Assistance (IRIA) in Berlin where she worked as a researcher and teaching assistant. She has an interdisciplinary background in African Geographic Development Studies (B.A.) from the University of Bayreuth and a Master's degree in Political Science (M.A.) from Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

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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.