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Watchdog Asia Network Launch

Investigative journalism in Asia faces a number of challenges. With journalists being threatened and attacked and criminal libel laws frequently being used against them, the press freedom index across the continent remains low. As an answer to these various challenges, Watchdog Asia was founded in 2016 to support, promote and actively produce investigative journalism and ethical reporting across Asia. The network of senior journalists and editors from various Asian countries aims at strengthening independent cross-border and data-driven journalism by providing resources and networking opportunities to investigative journalists in Asia. The launch event will be an opportunity for an exclusive group of senior journalists, editors, think tank representatives and European officials to learn about Watchdog Asia's work and the existing challenges to investigative journalism across Asia. A light dinner and drinks will be provided.

Study and Information Program

Watchdog Asia

Promoting regional investigative journalism
Watchdog Asia is an Asian association of senior editors and journalists to support, promote, and actively produce investigative journalism. It aims at strengthening independent cross-border, investigative, and data-driven journalism in Asia. It also provides resources and networking opportunities to investigative journalists in Asia and a platform to cooperate with other investigative journalism networks globally.

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Libya, Towards a War of Attrition

Four months after Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA) began the offensive on Tripoli to seize control of the capital from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Western Libya is caught in a war of attrition. The conflict has become bogged down in a stalemate on the capital's outskirts. The involvment of external forces has further fueled the conflict. Whilst the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have supported the LNA's military activities, Turkey, and Qatar have supported the GNA and helped the UN-backed government resist Haftar's territorial offensives. With France supportive of the LNA and Italy siding with the GNA, there has been no common EU position. UN-backed plans for elections to install a new government overseeing all of Libya have so far failed, and it remains unclear whether any of the country's well-armed factions would respect any results. According to the WHO the new conflict has left 1,093 people dead and 120,000 displaced and provoked sharp rifts within and among communities in western Libya, and deepened the divide between the eastern and western parts of the country. What are the prospects for Libya's conflict? What is the potential impact of a Libyan war of attrition on Europe? What is the role of the EU and its member states in potentially ending the conflict?

Seminar

EU-MENA Young Leaders Academy on Sustainability and Resource Security

Aware that common regional and international efforts are needed to support sustainable livelihoods and future resource security in the MENA region, the Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (REMENA) and the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue (MNED) of Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) organize jointly an “EU-MENA Young Leaders Academy on Sustainability and Resource Security”, from September 23 to 27, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Democracy under pressure: Voices from Cambodia and Venezuela

How can the European Union support democratic change?
The European Union (EU) supports democratisation and fundamental freedoms in partner countries worldwide. Through political dialogue, the mainstreaming of democratic principles and specific development programmes, the EU seeks to support reform processes and democratic institution building in order to encourage political pluralism. Yet in many countries, the EU is confronted with a lack of democratic accountability and political checks and balances, a steady weakening of democratic institutions by ruling governments and a resulting decline in political rights for all. While Cambodia is experiencing an ongoing erosion of democratic foundations and high levels of corruption, Venezuela is amid a multidimensional crisis of ongoing human rights violations, the erosion of the rule of law and the dismantlement of democratic institutions. By providing first hand insights from these two countries, this closed-door debate will discuss opportunities for democratic developments in Cambodia and Venezuela and analyse how EU efforts can better support democratic change in a country-specific context.

Study and Information Program

"Circular Plastics Economy – Best Practice Options for a Global Challenge"

Exchange opportunities for experts of municipal and national administration from Asia and Latin America
The Dialogue Program aims to invite six administrative experts from Asia (India, Indonesia, Vietnam) and Latin America (Chile) who are, in particular, dealing with the challenges of introducing a Circular Economy as well as the avoidance, usage, reusability, recycling and deposition of plastics. In Brussels, these experts are supposed to engage with the successful ‘European Circular Economy Action Plan’ and the ‘European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy’. The program aims to introduce the experts to relevant contacts in the European institutions as well as the Civil Society to exchange best-practices. As such, the program wants to offer insights into the implementation of a Circular Economy and its related industries such as the synthetics and waste sector.

Expert talk

Promoting Water Security in the MENA

Water technology solutions in development cooperation & the role of SMEs
In the exchange, leading experts and innovators in the field of water technology will present their latest innovations and give best practices examples of successful knowledge transfer and implementation of water technologies in the region. Local and international experts and representatives from politics, business and civil society will discuss and tackle the following questions: • What are the MENA region’s most pressing challenges concerning water security? How to address them properly? • What are best economic framework conditions to promote and improve inter and intraregional water technology transfer of SMEs? How to enhance investment protection and capacity building? • How to make sure water technology knowledge is sustainable and to the benefit of the people in need?

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Stabilising the war economy of Libya

Policy recommendations for EU action
Finding sustainable solutions to stabilise the war economy of Libya requires a holistic approach. Key economic issues are linked to political processes and the highly complex security architecture in the country. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has increased its efforts to support economic reforms. In its policy recommendations for the European Union, a KAS task force similarly called for a broader and more coherent EU-approach in Libya. This briefing seeks to debate policy recommendations for the European Union to support Libya in stabilising its economy.

Event Reports

The Colombian Peace Deal

by Luis Blanco

An opportunity for just and lasting peace?
This report summarizes the key messages drawn from the debate "The Colombian Peace Deal: An opportunity for just and lasting peace?", held in Brussels on 30 May 2017, and presents some reflections on current developments in the implementation of the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC.AUTHORS: Dr. Luis Blanco & Nina Gerlach

Event Reports

Financing climate induced loss & damage

by Johannes Hügel

Chances and opportunities of the G7 InsuResilience initiative
The Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organised together with Bread for the World and the EPP group in the European Parliament the expert lunch discussion: “Financing climate induced loss & damage - Chances and opportunities of the G7 InsuResilience initiative” on 30th of May 2017 in Brussels. The report gives an overview of the discussed topics and results of the debate.

Event Reports

Green Urban Development Prospects in Africa

by Johannes Hügel

From 26th to 27th of April a delegation of African parliamentarians and city mayors visited Brussels in occasion of their one-week study tour to Europe, organized by Dr. Oliver Ruppel, Director of the KAS Regional Programme for Sub Saharan Africa. At an evening event, organized by the MNED Brussels, the participants discussed with Jens Gieseke, MEP and Diederick Zambon, Head of the Public Sector Sub-Saharan Africa of the European Investment Bank, on "Green Urban Development Prospects in Africa". This report gives a summary of the respective topics discussed on the event.

Event Reports

Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit:

by Susanne Conrad

Setting the Course for a Sustainable Partnership
The Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung had the pleasure to organize the expert conference: “Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit. Setting the Course for a Sustainable Partnership” on April 11th 2017 in Brussels. The event aimed at exploring new avenues for cooperation and partnership in the extraordinary context of the upcoming G20 Summit and the Africa-EU Summit this year. The report gives an overview of the discussed topics and results of the high-level event.

Event Reports

Water as warrantor for stability

by Johannes Hügel

The water-security-nexus in the Middle East
Water, energy and stability are inextricably linked to one another. Water is mandatory in the processes of production, distribution and use of energy. Energy is necessary for the extraction, desalination and distribution of safe drinking water. Access to clean water can therefore be a warrantor for regional stability. This essential relationship of water and stability is a topic of increasing importance. The main objective of the report is to sum up the discussion´s outcomes regarding water as guarantor for regional stability and the water-security-nexus in the Middle East.

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A Turning Point in EU-Latin American Relations?

by Luis Blanco

Challenges and Opportunities
This report summarizes the key-messages of the conference "A Turning Point in EU-Latin America Relations? Challenges and Opportunities" held in the European Parliament on 17 November 2016. It also presents some reflections on the potential and future of EU-Latin American relations.

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The EU and China in Africa.

Prospects for Cooperation
This report summarizes the main findings of the conference „The EU and China in Africa. Prospects for Cooperation” and delivers concrete policy recommendations. Considering that the impact of EU and China on the African continent has brought benefits and struggles, the conference aimed to assess best pratices and seeked to provide possibilities for pragmatic cooperation of the EU and China in Africa.

Event Reports

CONFERENCE

COUNTERING AND PREVENTING RADICALIZATION IN THE MENA REGION AND THE EU

Event Reports

Implementing the Paris Agreement

by Johannes Hügel

What to expect from future US and Chinese climate policy?
On 06 December 2016 the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organized a political dinner debate, which was hosted by Isaac Valero Ladrón from the cabinet of Miguel Arias Cañete. International climate policy experts discussed about possible consequences of current political developments in the context of the negotiations with regards to the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Marrakesh (COP22) and future US and Chinese climate policies. The report gives a summary of the statements given by the participating experts.

Event Reports

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on energy in developing countries

by Johannes Hügel

What role for the EU?
This report summarizes the main findings of the seminar "Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on energy in developing countries - What role for the EU?" and delivers concrete policy recommendations. The seminar had gathered international experts from several global and European institutions engaging in the process of achieving the SDG on energy. Its main objective was to explain the state of play, the prospects, challenges and opportunities of implementing SDG7 in a way that is consistent with climate objectives.
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