The Institute for Development and Peace (Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden – INEF), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, is hosting a series of events at the 2008 Global Conference of the International Peace Research Organization (IPRA). Concurrent with the Conference\’s theme ‚Building Sustainable Development: Enacting Peace and Development‘, six panels and two roundtables will focus on issues connecting the fields of peace and development. A grant from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has enabled the INEF to invite 20 scholars, policymakers and NGO activists from both OECD and non-OECD countries to present and discuss their research and policy analysis of current issues.
The panels will explore the role of institutions, both formal and informal, in political and conflict processes. Two panels are devoted to the issue hybrid political orders, their internal dynamics and their relations to donors. Another theme is the role that external actors, particularly regional organizations, can play in processes of peace-building in selected cases in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. The two roundtables will bring together scholars, policymakers and journalists. The first roundtable will debate the increasing role of development aid from non-OECD countries and its impact on the global aid architecture. The second roundtable will discuss several possible scenarios for the political future of Pakistan. If you have any questions about this series, please contact Tome Sandevski at firstname.lastname@example.org.