April 2024

Dear reader,


Only 14 days left until the Dresden Forum for International Politics on 18 April!

The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the Hamas attack on Israel and the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, as well as long-lasting conflicts – including the outbreak, intensification and seeming intractability of wars and conflicts – fundamentally call into question the effectiveness of the rules-based international order. With emerging powers increasingly claiming space in peace processes, the scope for action of civil society actors is also expanding, at least in certain areas. Do these shifts promise new opportunities for peace processes? How can both state and civil society actors shape peace processes in a constantly changing, multipolar world?

Join us as we discuss all these questions with renowned international experts. Sign up here!

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)


Nora Witt,
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 2024, 9:15 - 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: 19:00 hrs).

You can find the program and the registration link here.

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

INEF Lecture Series

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.

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Countering Populism via Media Literacy? Eastern European Approaches

sef: session at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

17-18 June 2024, Bonn

Where media literacy is lacking, disinformation can spread. This year’s sef: session at the Global Media Forum looks beyond the horizon by focusing on Eastern European regions. Introducing creative projects from Eastern Europe, we will explore innovative solutions and discuss, how strengthening media literacy can help to counter populist movements and disinformation.

The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum will take place on 17-18 June 2024 at the World Conference Centre in Bonn under the theme "Sharing Solutions". Further details regarding the date and time of the sef: session will be available soon on our website. You can register for the Global Media Forum here.

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Accelerating Smart City 4.0: A City Diplomacy and Sister City Cooperation between Jakarta and Berlin

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

In a new contribution to the INEF/sef: Development and Peace Blog, Kariem El-Ali (Senior Policy Advisor and Team Lead Smart Change Jakarta) and Alecia Firnanda (Program and Content Manager) provide insights into the concept of smart cities. Drawing on the experiences of Berlin and Jakarta, they demonstrate how partnerships between cities can provide impetus and drive change.

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Patricia Rinck receives 2024 Christiane Rajewsky Award

Young Researcher Award of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies

INEF member Dr Patricia Rinck has been awarded the 2024 Christiane Rajewsky Award for her dissertation entitled "Peacebuilding and exclusion in Sierra Leone: a feminist perspective on political settlements and post-conflict transformation".

Each year, the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies awards the prize to young researchers or initiatives that have made an outstanding contribution to peace and conflict research. The award ceremony took place on 14 March at the AFK annual conference in Darmstadt.



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New staff member at the sef:

Davina Albrecht joined the sef: team as a student assistant on 1 March. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Geography at the University of Cologne, specializing in human-environment relations, international development cooperation, and conflict research. Davina’s most recent experience includes working in the gastronomy and event planning sectors. She is excited to integrate the knowledge she gained there with her thematic focuses in her studies through her work for sef:.

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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.