Programme

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE DEVELOPMENT AND DEMOCRACY:

Sustainable World with Noone Left Behind 

08:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION

09:00 – 09:30 OPENING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTORY SPEECHES

09:30 – 10:45 PLENARY SESSION: EFFECTIVE COORDINATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

Policy coherence for development as one of the “beyond-aid issues” requires a strong engagement and ownership from a variety of actors who don’t necessarily deal with development policy issues. Clear strategy, leadership and proper coordination between ministries and agencies as well as dialogue with the civil society organisations, private sector, research institutions, the EU and the OECD may help to promote a shared agenda for coherent policies that support global development agenda for the benefit of all. What are the best ways to measure progress in PCD agenda in the member countries? What is the role of the Civil Society in promoting PCD agenda? And how to create synergies across government departments to minimize adverse impact of the non-aid policies on developing countries? How to create coherent policies and thus manage and change to better EUs´ and EU member countries’ international reputation?

10:45 – 11:15 COFFEE BREAK

11:15 – 12:30 PLENARY SESSION: MIGRATION AS A DRIVER FOR DEVELOPMENT 

12:30 – 13:00 MINISTER'S AWARD FOR THE MIGRATION EXPERT

  • Miroslav Lajčák (TBC), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 – 15:30 DISCUSSION PANELS AND ROUNDTABLES 

Roundtable A: Innovations for positive social and environmental change in the developing world

Societies in the developing world are striving to improve governance, strengthen transparency and accountability, and adapt and new technologies which that have an impact on people's lives. These efforts are also taking place in a time of unprecedented digital openness, convenience, and transparency in everyday life. The demand for more governmental accountability and transparency, and more investment in public services and citizen-driven initiatives aimed at a range of development challenges. The citizens’ demand for more meaningful role in designing policies and services is seen particularly in the rural areas and among the marginalised populations.The new technologies and mechanisms have been growing both in terms of their market size, their operations and the way they serve those in developing countries. In recent years many countries have benefited from an upsurge in internet connectivity, the rise of citizen engagement in demands for good governance, digital activism and community-centred development. Responding to such trends, governments are developing new open government policies and opening their data. Many of them have started this process, including as part of the Open Government Partnership and are facing challenges in achieving the desired outcomes: services tailored to the needs of citizens, lower misuse of and barriers to access public resources and decision-making, higher diversity and more competition in the private sector, and an overall better informed society

  • Moderator: Rastislav Vrbensky
  • Ken Banks – kiwanjana.net
Roundtable B: Global Citizenship Education as a Tool to Improve Learning Environment in Traditional Education Systems
Moderator: Ivana Raslavská, Pontis Foundation

Global Citizenship Education goes beyond education, engages actors from various sectors and has long/lasting impact on the lives of people. It uses wide range of participatory learning approaches that engage learner in critical thinking about complex global issues and their implications on the local level. It helps to develop skills such as communication, cooperation and conflict resolution to tackle global problems. Being open to universal values such as human rights or peace it works well in diverse societal, political or cultural climate. It promotes learning that nurtures greater consciousness about real life issues and thus prepares the learner for the life in 21st century, motivates him to make changes on the local level, which resolve the global challenges. How to use well this experience and make Global Citizenship Education work as a catalyst of the transformative process in the traditional education systems?

Roundtable C: Western Balkan CSOs for Development

In the coming years in view of the EU accession, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania will need to develop mechanisms and define policies for development cooperation and humanitarian aid. As previous accession processes have shown, the involvement of NGOs in this process will be essential. The roundtable will focus on interconnecting NGOs in the Western Balkans with organizations in those EU countries which recently went through similar processes, discuss experiences and challenges in setting up development cooperation structures and mechanisms for advocacy with national governments and the EU.

  • Moderator: Ulrike Bei, Horizont 3000
  • Seamus Jeffreson (TBC) - CONCORD
  • Ilina Nesik – Balkan Civil Society Network

15:30 – 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 – 16:30 DISCUSSION
16:30 GLASS OF WINE

 

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