Our Events

Development Policy Forum events are structured as dialogues on principle. We employ three different formats. For individual focal topics, such as the post-2015 discussion, we organize event series over extended periods of time – with different formats, methods and target groups. These series are complemented as needed by online forums and virtual consultations we design and administer, creating a framework to prepare the ground for our events and help us follow-up as well.
The different formats, methods and target groups are always carefully selected to strengthen dialogue across all events and are based on the respective objectives we work with the client to define.

Events 2018

“Equality is essential for sustainable development”

In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the BMZ hosted the event “Crossing Borders and Pushing Limits. Women refugees between trauma management and empowerment”.

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4th BMZ Forum for the Future: Natural Capital: Our Wealth – Our Responsibility

Development Minister Müller calls for new growth model and responsible natural capital accounting

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“The future of work is about to start: let’s get ready!”

The BMZ and the World Bank hosted experts from politics, academia and civil society at a workshop on the "Future of Work" in preparation for the 2019 World Development Report.

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Events 2017

How should we respond to a changing climate, lifestyles and economies?

Climate dialogue at the Climate Planet: What can we do to combat climate change?

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Champions for Climate Action: The NDC Partnership

The NDC partnership helps emerging and developing countries.

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„Towards a resilient future: Frontiers of risk sharing“

BMZ backs new global partnership with 110 million euros.

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Climate dialogue at the global climate summit

Climate change is a reality, and is having a massive impact on many parts of the world.

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Climate Planet opens in Bonn

Climate Planet opens in Bonn during the world climate conference – Minister Müller calls for global energy revolution.

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“Security, Peace and Development in Africa”

Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller opened the conference by emphasizing the common goal both ministries shared: “We are all working for peace.”

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“ONE WORLD. No Hunger. Future of the Rural World”

As part of Germany’s G20 presidency, Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller hosted a conference in Berlin on April 27.

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G20 Africa Conference “Investing in a Common Future”

The motto of this political highlight of the G20 Africa Partnership was “investing in a common future”.

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Making Globalisation Fair – New Partnership with Africa

Retired German President Köhler and Federal Development Minister Müller discuss the new partnership with Africa.

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Events 2016

Forum for the Future: „Conditions for just world trade and investment“

Forum for the Future “Making Globalisation Fair” with Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel.

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Forum for the Future: „Global financial order in the 21st century“

Dr Gerd Müller named fair globalisation as one of humanity’s overriding goals in the 21st century.

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The “Development, Security, Peace” Conference

Federal Minister Dr Ursula von der Leyen and fellow cabinet member Dr Gerd Müller discuss development and security policy coordination.

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Future Tour in Berlin – „Innovation and the Digital Revolution Driving Sustainable Development“

On April 21, the Future Tour stopped over in Berlin.

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Global Responsibility – Youth Involvement

On June 30, over 1,200 visitors attended the Future Tour and celebrated the launch of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development's (BMZ) German African Youth Initiative (DAJ).

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“We can’t just leave solutions to the politicians“

Conference on Religion’s Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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inspire.connect.develop.

The BMZ and 20 international start-ups created a community space at the CeBIT 2016.

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Events 2015

International Policy Workshop “Government and the Law”

On November 12 and 13, 2015, an expert conference was held in the GIZ Berlin offices.

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Stability through Employment

The conference on creating jobs in the MENA region also addressed the current refugee crisis.

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Action for Fair Production

“The G7 is taking action – it is moving forward. We are supporting production countries in implementing decent working conditions.”

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The BMZ’s New Asia Policy

On June 17, 2015, Federal Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller presented the BMZ’s new Asia policy.

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“We can only continue to live well if others can live well too.”

The German government's dialogue with citizens series explored the refugee crisis and sustainable consumption.

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Covering Climate Risks

Reducing risks, safeguarding losses, increasing resilience – the role of climate insurance in climate change adaption.

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Expert Dialogue “The Future of Girls' Rights”

“Education is the key driving force.”

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“Bridging the Digital Divide”

African and German experts met in Berlin to exchange ideas on issues surrounding the digitalisation of Africa.

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One World, No Hunger is possible!

Realising the human right to food by 2030.

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Promoting Decent Work Worldwide

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi spoke at the conference “Promoting Decent Work Worldwide through Sustainable Supply Chains” hosted by BMZ and BMAS.

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Events 2014

ONE WORLD- Forum for the Future

On November 24, Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller presented Chancellor Dr Merkel with the Charter for the Future at the ONE WORLD – Forum for the Future.

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The BMZ’s New Afghanistan Strategy

On March 12, Federal Development Minister Dr Gerd Müller presented the development policy strategy for Afghanistan for 2014 to 2017.

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The Future of Children’s Rights

The conference “Future of Children’s Rights. 25 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child” was held at the BMZ on 25 November.

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“Sustainable Development is not Free”

Development financing was one of the central topics covered during the negotiations at the UN General Assembly - and thus topic of a conference organized by Development Policy Forum.

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“Into the Wild”

Friends of the digital society gathered in Berlin for the eighth time at the largest blogger and internet conference – with the GIZ being a part of it.

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“Your indignation is music to my ears!”

In Berlin, German Federal President Gauck talked about the Post-2015 Agenda and the global importance of sustainable development.

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Kicking off a National Partnership for Development Year 2015

Development experts and the public were asked to help shape development policy as part of “The Charter for the Future – ONE WORLD. Our Responsibility”

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Internet and Development

The annual “Berlin Workshop” in preparation of the World Development Report took place in November 2014, organized by the Development Policy Forum.

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“Fish is an important factor in rural development”

The role of fisheries in development cooperation was the topic of the annual European Fisheries Development Advisors Network (EFDAN) Conference.

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Post-2015 Partnerships

In May 2014 Prof Horst Köhler pointed out the importance of a partnership approach to post-2015 negotiations.

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Africa: Continent of Opportunity

The BMZ’s Africa policy in dialogue at an event organized by the Development Policy Forum in September 2014.

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Eco-Innovation Systems in Developing Countries

GIZ’s Development Policy Forum organised an international dialogue on “Eco-Innovation Systems in Developing Countries” in January 2014.

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