February 2024

Dear reader,


Global inequality, climate change, Covid-19, the Russian war against Ukraine, the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel, soaring energy prices, displacement - the multiple crises in recent years have undermined the confidence of many in the future viability of society. Latent mistrust of science and the rise of populism are symptomatic of the mounting crisis of confidence.

To rebuild trust amidst these concerning developments, it is crucial to contextualize them, challenging narratives of despair. Through research and objective, constructive and solution-orientated debates, INEF and sef: contribute significantly towards this goal. The issue of trust will remain a recurring theme throughout the sef: 2024 annual program.

Kicking off the season on 18 April 2024, the Dresden Forum for International Politics will discuss the topic of "Inclusive Peace Processes? Options and Opportunities of State and Civil Society Actors”. In May, the Potsdam Spring Dialogues focus on just energy transition in Africa - details will be shared on the sef: website soon!

We warmly invite you to continue engaging with us in this future-oriented dialogue in 2024!

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

Kind regards,

Carolin Rosenberg,
Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)


Rafael Bohlen,
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)



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Inclusive Peace Processes? Options and Opportunities of State and Civil Society Actors

Dresden Forum for International Politics

18 April, 9:30 - 17:15 hrs, Landhaus Dresden (City Museum), German/English (simultaneous interpretation)

How can peace processes be successfully designed in a constantly changing, multipolar world? This question is the focus of this year's Dresden Forum for International Politics. Researchers as well as representatives from politics and civil society organizations discuss the changing role of state and civil society actors in peace processes. Following the conference, the evening event on the role of social media in war reporting will take place at the Frauenkirche Dresden (Start: 19:30 hrs).

You can find the program and the registration link here.

© Sander Nieuwenhuys

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

INEF Lecture Series

Postponed to 22 April 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 22 April, 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.

© Palmira Mayor’s Office

From Repression to Opportunities: Two Approaches to Violence Reduction in Latin America

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

In her contribution, Daniela Reina, Cooperation Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Palmira, Colombia, presents the PAZOS ("Paz y Oportunidades") strategy, with which the city of Palmira in Colombia aims to reduce violence. PAZOS focuses on structural causes in order to prevent violence and build long-term peace. The author presented this promising approach at the sef: Berlin Summer Dialogue in September 2023.

© Jayel Aheram, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Fear of the Future? The Missing Peace

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

In a new blog post on the INEF/sef: Development and Peace Blog, Dr. Jannie Lilja from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), speaker at the Bonn Symposium of sef: in November 2023, states that the predominantly reactive behavior of the international community is not sufficient, but that proactive and comprehensive approaches to peacebuilding are needed against the background of the numerous global conflict hotspots.


© Karin Gaesing

Ways out of Poverty, Vulnerability and Food Insecurity

New funding phase for INEF research project

Since 2015, the BMZ-funded project "Ways out of poverty, vulnerability and food insecurity" (AVE) has been identifying measures that can be used to reach poor, vulnerable and food-insecure population groups in order to improve their situation effectively and sustainably. Examples of good practice are being analysed in order to derive recommendations for German official development cooperation in particular. Building on the results of the previous research phases, the third phase of the research project (01/2024 to 10/2025) will focus on the topic of "Feminist development cooperation, food security and poverty reduction in rural areas".

The project is being carried out by INEF staff members Prof. Dr Tobias Debiel, Dr Karin Gaesing and Carolin Rosenberg in cooperation with the external consultant Prof. Dr Frank Bliss.


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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.