Events - Multinational Development Policy Dialogue Brussels
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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A comprehensive versus a principled approach
opportunities and risks for EU humanitarian assistance
The expert roundtable aimed to promote a discussion among European policy-makers and representatives of the humanitarian community on the establishment of an EU ‘Comprehensive Approach’ (CA). This report summarizes the four main topics discussed during the expert roundtable: the rationale behind the establishment of an EU Comprehensive Approach, the independent status of DG ECHO within the European institutional framework, the possible challenges and opportunities of an EU ‘Comprehensive Approach,’ and the relationship between the principled approach and the human rights based approach.
Post-Wall Europe needs to become “Europe for all”
State of Europe with Herman Van Rompuy
24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed in Berlin his concerns over the challenges Europe is facing today. In front of 600 invited people at the Allianz Forum in Berlin, Van Rompuy warned against growing populism on the European continent and the rising of distrust. “Populism and nationalism cannot provide the answer to the challenges of our time”.
Supporting political parties for democracy – food for thought for European actors
Event report of the ENoP lunch time roundtable discussion
Stakeholders from DG DEVCO of the European Commission, the European Partnership for Democracy and the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) met in Brussels in order to launch ENoP's first policy paper. The event was organized by ENoP together with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and other members of the working group “Democracy” of ENoP.
EU-Japan cooperation at the nexus of security and development
The expert roundtable organized jointly by the country office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Tokyo and the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels featured a speech by Prof. Dr. Andreas Berkofsky (European Japan Advanced Research Network) on his recent research on EU-Japan cooperation in the presence of representatives from the Embassy of Japan to the European Union as well as the European External Action Service.
Azerbaijani delegation of the South Caucasus Youth Parliament visited Brussels
DEMOCRACY STARTS WITH YOU!
15 young representatives of the South Caucasus Youth Parliament visited Brussels from 18 to 23 February 2013 in the context of a study tour which has been organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundations Multinational Development Policy Dialogue.The overall objective of this visit was to raise awareness among the students aged be-tween 15 and 18, of the functioning of the EU institutions, in particular the European Parliament, and other international organizations.
Populism as global phenomenon in todays' politics
Expert Conference “Populism within Europe and beyond its borders”
Populism is a complex phenomenon with practical relevance, which not only in Europe has become firmly established. This clear evaluation was the result of an expert conference organized by the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels, which took place on 15 and 16 December 2012.
Art Exhibition: “Tell me the story about your shoes“
The life of Women in Palestine
The vernissage of the exhibition took place on January 23rd and was organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Ulrika Eller-Rüter and Dr. Lydia Thorn-Wickert. The event was an opportunity gain an insight view into the lives of Palestinian women.
Ensuring food security in times of climate change and politically fragile environments
Indian Chief Economists’ Visit to Brussels and Luxemburg
THE EURO CRISIS AND EU-INDIA RELATIONS
Having a Closer Look at Israeli-EU Relations
A Study Trip to Brussels with Young Israeli Diplomats
What about Europe's role in international politics? What lessons can the European Union draw from the financial and economic crisis? And what is the current state of Israeli-European relations? Those questions were discussed during a five-day study tour to Brussels for a number of young Israeli diplomats from various ministries, the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffo, as well as members from the Polish and the Dutch Embassy, respectively, in late March.
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