Programme

Conference program:

08:30 – 09:00     REGISTRATION

09:00 – 09:10     WELCOME SPEECH

Lenka Surotchak, Pontis Foundation

09:10 – 09:40     OPENING REMARKS

Igor Slobodník, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic 

Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), European Commission

09:40 – 10:00     PLENARY LECTURE: THINKING AHEAD FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This year, the Sustainable Development Goals  (“SDGs”) have been approved by the UN as follow-up regime to the Millenium Development Goals (“MDGs”). In comparison to the former regime, the SDGs have been discussed in a more open and participative way; they shift the focus from fighting poverty in the Global South towards an approach of joining forces to tackle global challenges in various fields. In his key note, Thomas Vogel will elaborate on potentials and challenges of this new regime. 

Speaker: Thomas Vogel, HORIZONT 3000 

10:00 – 10:30     COFFEE BREAK

10:30 – 12:00     PLENARY SESSION: SOCIAL INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Developing countries are increasingly viewed as not just recipients, but also sources of important innovations with social impact. The well-known examples are the Grameen Bank that offers microfinance also in the USA, and the Kenyan M-Pesa service by Safaricom that created a whole new and rapidly growing mobile banking industry. Mobile banking allows for many other innovations, for example M-Kopa Solar offers poor rural households off-grid solar power on a pay-as-you-go basis. Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank, and French business school HEC Paris try to develop various social business models in Western Europe that radically differ from both the low-cost offerings and CSR initiatives. Organisations like Ashoka support social entrepreneurs for more than 30 years and maybe now the time is ripe for social business to become mainstream way of doing business and creating social value in the process.

Moderator: 

Eszter Vitorino, Global Reporting Initiative

Speakers: 

James Ndiga, iHub Nairobi  

Ivan Debnár, the Spot 

Masha Cheriakova, Eto Belarus Detka

Aleksandr Skrabowsky, Social Weekend

12:00 – 13:00     LUNCH

13:00 – 14:30     DISCUSSION PANELS AND ROUNDTABLES

The International Visegrad Fund discussion panel A: How to build an effective and transparent civil society in Ukraine?

Ukraine, with its internal political, social, economic and ideological divisions is facing military interventions and severe security problems. On the other hand, the majority of population lives in relative imperturbation, in a daily struggle with the consequences of the looming economic crisis. Despite the Ukrainian political development after the Majdan revolution, the society is facing a deep crisis, caused not only by the fatal economic situation and presence of the country in the war conflict, but also because the government is not implementing the expected reforms, in particular in the sphere of combating corruption and facilitation of humanitarian aid. Under the current circumstances, what is the role to be played by the civil society in Ukraine? What needs of its polarized constituencies are to be addressed? What kind of support does the civil society require from its supporters and partners in Europe? Are the “traditional projects” aiming at building capacities of the NGOs, promoting public participation and advocacy efforts and fostering cooperation between civil society and business relevant, or is there a need of a shift in mind-set?

Moderator:

Pavol Demeš, German Marshall Fund of the U.S

Speakers:

Ivan Mikloš, National Council of the SR

Rafał Antczak, Deloitte Consulting SA  

Veronika Movchan, Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting - IER 

Roland Kovats, Pact 

Vlaďka Votavová, AMO 

Discussion panel B: Impact of Global Citizenship Education Interventions

Much effort is put into Global Citizenship Education (and other related approaches such as global education, development education, etc., further reffered as GCE for simplification), from formal education to public awareness raising, campaigning and advocacy towards politicians. GCE provides not only facts, but aims to develop skills and challenge attitudes across a long-term period. Yet, how do we know our GCE efforts make any difference? And if we do know, how do we use this knowledge?
In Slovakia, evaluations of GCE projects have been limited so far. We need a guidance to systematically evaluate GCE impacts on the project, programme as well as national level. Such evaluations would inform active citizens what difference they have made. Further, they would demonstrate the policy makers that there is a critical mass of people who demand addressing issues such as unfair trade or labor practices or climate change. Evaluations could also advice GCE practicioners, donors and policy makers what does or does not work and how to shape GCE inteventions and related policies differently.
Scholars and practitioners are invited to send case studies of GCE project or programme evaluations and research studies that effectively dealt with the issues above. Contributors should present evaluation methodologies that clearly show impact of GCE interventions and how the evaluation outputs were used. A more general discussion is further expected on how to make the GCE more evidence-based and influential on the policy level.

Moderator:

Simona Šafaříková, Palacký University in Olomouc

Speakers:

Rilli Lappalainen, Kehys 

Krzysztof Stanowski, Executive Director, Solidarity Fund, Poland 

Jenny Williams, Habitat for Humanity

Peter Dráľ, Milan Šimečka Foundation

Special Guest:

Helmuth Hartmeyer, GENE

Roundtable C: Shaping priorities for the Slovak Presidency: Agenda for Reforming EU Democracy Funding in the Eastern Partnership 

The worsening situation in the Eastern Partnership region, Russian aggression and the signing of Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, has prompted the EU to start a review of the Eastern Partnership and its instruments. This panel seeks to influence the process of revision with policy recommendations from civil society experts, and to ensure that the revised instruments include more flexible funding to support actors that exert the most influence over political change or the reform processes. It shall also develop concrete recommendations for the Slovak Presidency on better co-ordination between financial assistance and political instruments, and on ensuring greater efficiency of the EU investments in its Eastern Neighbourhood. The question of the V4 transition experience in the context of various EU instruments and policies aimed at the Eastern Partnership, will also be at the table. 

Moderator:

Miriam Lexmann, International Republican Institute

Speakers: 

Richard Youngs, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Europe

Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), European Commission

Nicolas Bouchet, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich

Márton Ugrósdy, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

Věra Řiháčková,  EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in Prague

Karla Wursterová, Permanent Representation of Slovakia to the EU 

The Slovak NGDO Platform roundtable D: V4 countries and the Eastern Partnership: How to ensure coherence?

The Visegrad countries, due to their history, geopolitical location and current dynamics, share political, socioeconomic and security interests with the Eastern Partnership countries, especially given the current situation in Ukraine. Supporting the EaP region in becoming a stable and reliable partner for the EU is an important priority for the V4 governments, which has made them leaders in the EU policy, including development cooperation, towards the EaP countries.

Despite this clear political objective of supporting the social and economic development of the EaP countries, not all V4 policies contribute to this goal. A research study conducted by experts from all V4 countries exposes and analyses cases of incoherence between development objectives for the EaP countries and policy areas such as energy and investment. How can economic interests of the V4 countries be reconciled with the development objectives of the EaP region?

Moderator: 

Peter Brezáni, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association

Speakers:

Katarzyna Jarecka-Stępień,Department of European Studies, Krakow University of Economics 

Zsuzsanna Vegh, Center for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University 

Yevhen Hlibovytsky, pro.mova expert company, Nestor Group

14:30 – 15:00     COFFEE BREAK

15:00 – 15:15     KAPUSCINSKI DEVELOPMENT LECTURES OPENING REMARKS

Speakers:

Ivana Raslavská, Pontis Foundation

Ingrid Ludviková, Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia

Katarzyna Czaplicka, Kapuscinski Development Lectures, UNDP Europe and Central Asia

15:15 – 16:15     BEYOND CROWDFUNDING: THE REAL POWER OF THE CROWD IN DEVELOPMENT

Mari Kuraishi, GlobalGiving

16:15 – 16:45     DISCUSSION

16:45 – 17:15     MINISTER'S AWARD FOR THE FIELD WORKER IN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

17:15                   GLASS OF WINE

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