Eliud Abucheli Birachi¹, Manuel Vogt², Martina Zapf³
¹International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT, Kigali, Rwanda; ²ETH Zürich, Switzerland; ³Interpeace, Switzerland
Aim of theme: To significantly advance discussion of different perspectives and critical reflections on innovative approaches to transformative partnerships.
Approach: Use of engaged panel dialogue between scientists, policymakers, civil society, and the private sector is needed to deal with the complexity of trade-offs between different sustainability targets, as well as to achieve policy coherence. A panel (a maximum of 6 discussants) from these different categories of stakeholders will be constituted to explore among others the following issues:
The following issues will be explored by the panelists:
Topic 1, Convener Eliud Birachi
How can we transform scientific findings into powerful information for policy in politically sensitive contexts? The topic will focus on n how to Package and disseminate politically sensitive and context specific information. The areas that will be explored are:
- How to work with and within strong government system to disseminate research evidence using the case of Rwanda and Laos
- Using strong civil society including producer cooperatives to reach closed unresponsive bureaucracy with research evidence/findings.
Topic 2, Convener Martina Zapf
Ensuring the sustainable development of conflict-affected countries: how meaningful partnerships can strengthen resilience to conflict. The topic will explore how meaningful partnerships – as an example of transformative partnerships – can help conflict-affected societies put an end to cycles of conflict and realize their full development. The following areas will be explored:
- The concept of meaningful partnership as a modus operando that can contribute to stopping the recurrence of conflict.
- Enhancing local capacities for resilience – not only for direct partners, but for the community or society more generally.
Topic 3, Convener Manuel Vogt
Accommodation of Group Interests in Multi-ethnic States: “How can we promote inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies?” The topic will review the following issues:
- How and when do unified ethnic movements emerge?
- And what state responses to ethnic movements increase or decrease the risk of violence?