December 2023

Dear reader,


In the face of the global crises and complex challenges of our time, civil society actors and organisations are being given an increasing role in global policy processes. This is based on the assumption that the participation of diverse groups beyond governments can contribute to better implementation of global agreements and to more comprehensive, sustainable solutions.

But can civil society actors actually fulfil the expectations associated with their participation? What can civil society contribute against the backdrop of limited resources and shrinking spaces for its action worldwide? And how does the power imbalance between countries of the Global North and the Global South affect the opportunities for civil society actors to participate? Dr Carole-Anne Sénit, Assistant Professor of Inclusive Sustainability Governance at Utrecht University, will address these and other questions in the next INEF Lecture on 16 January 2024.

As always, you will also find further upcoming events and publications from sef: and INEF in this newsletter.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter and wish you a happy holiday season.

Kind regards,

Carolin Rosenberg,
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)


Elena Harlos,
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)

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International Criminal Justice in the Ukraine War

28th Käte Hamburger Dialogue

19 December 2023, 18:00 hrs, online

Can the crimes committed in the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine be punished in the foreseeable future? This question will be addressed at the next Käte Hamburger Dialogue organised by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Experts from international law and political science as well as from politics and human rights organizations will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a special tribunal as well as possible ways of implementing it.

The registration link is available here.



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Civil Society Participation in Global Governance: Contributions to Democracy, Justice, and Sustainability

INEF Lecture Series

16 January 2024, 16:15 hrs, Duisburg

Dr. Carole-Anne Sénit, Assistant Professor of Inclusive Sustainability Governance at Utrecht University, will deliver the next INEF Lecture on 16 January, 2024, at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She will talk about “Civil society participation in global governance: Contributions to democracy, justice, and sustainability”. Dr. Sénit will especially focus on the dynamics of exclusion of the Global South in global sustainability governance and explore other power and justice issues faced by civil society, including from a decolonial conceptual lens.

You will find further information here.



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Integrated, inclusive, in partnership? Germany’s National Security Strategy and international cooperation

Bonn Symposium 2023

23 November 2023, Deutsche Welle Bonn

This years’ sef: Bonn Symposium was dedicated to the National Security Strategy and its implications for international cooperation. Together with international experts from politics, academia, and civil society we addressed potentials and pitfalls of the strategy, explored how countries beyond the main global players, particularly in Africa, view the strategy and discussed how Germany can and should shape its relations with these countries in a partnership-based and sustainable manner.

A detailed report will follow on the sef: website soon.

In the meantime, we recommend this 'Welt-Sichten' article on the conference (German): Welt-Sichten Article.


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The military coup in Niger and the role of ECOWAS

New contribution to the INEF/sef: Development and Peace Blog

In a new contribution to the INEF/sef: Development and Peace Blog, INEF Director Christof Hartmann analyzes the causes of the military coup in the West African Republic of Niger and the role of ECOWAS.



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New staff member at the sef:

Emilia Thiel joined the sef: team on 1 December as event and finance manager. She holds a bachelor's degree in cultural studies and a master's degree in cultural management. Most recently, Emilia worked as financial manager at the Bonner Kunstverein and researched the topic of cultural funding.

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Johannes Vüllers accepted into the Heisenberg Programme

INEF member Johannes Vüllers has been accepted into the Heisenberg Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in recognition of his research on the dynamics of public protests in countries of the Global South.
In his Heisenberg project, Johannes Vüllers will investigate the role of organizations in democratic development in the Global South. Currently, in his research project "Protest groups in the aftermath of mass protest campaigns against the state", which is based at the Institute for Development and Peace, he is already investigating how the success or failure of mass protests affects protest groups, using Nepal as an example.


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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.