Resource persons and competence centers involved

Various external resource persons and competence centers were involved in this face-to-face event. Most of them are members of the DDLGN and are available for further supporting work according to SDC’s needs.

BEN_0074BEN_0058-1BEN_0059-1Anuradha Joshi, Shandana Khan Mohmand and Alexander Shankland from IDS

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is an institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex, UK.The DDLGN focal point has been collaborating with IDS on various issues, and a general agreement makes IDS expert support available to SDC particularly on strengthening accountability and citizen engagement, enabling revenue mobilization, working in fragile and conflicted situations, addressing inequality and inclusion. – To know more about the SDC-IDS collaboration visit this page on Innovative ways in supporting decentralized and democratic local governance.

BEN_0065Helena Bjuremalm from International IDEA

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is an intergovernmental organization. Its programmes aim to: Provide knowledge to democracy builders, provide policy development and analysis, support democratic reform. Switzerland is a funding member of International IDEA and currently chairing. SDC has been working with International IDEA on various projects.

BEN_0010Franklin de Vrieze

Franklin De Vrieze has worked on governance issues for many years. His main areas of expertise are parliamentary development and good governance programming, implementation & evaluation. Currently, he works as international consultant in parliamentary development, including for programs of the UNDP, European Commission and USAID.

BEN_0024BEN_0020Matthias Boss and Lukas Krienbühl from swisspeace

swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute that strives to build capacity on civilian peacebuilding of Swiss and international actors by conducting research on violent conflicts and their peaceful transformation, and by offering trainings, consultancies and spaces for the exchange of experiences. Its statehood and conflict team looks particular at governance and statebuilding issues in fragile and conflcit affected contexts. swisspeace is partly funded by the Swiss FDFA.

SarahBEN_0048Sarah Byrne and Jens Engeli from HELVETAS / Swiss Intercooperation, Governance and Peace team

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is a development organisation anchored in Switzerland. The Governance and Peace (GOP) team provides advisory services to HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation programmes worldwide as well as external clients. It works on issues dealing with the interface between citizen and state (citizen engagement, local empowerment, participation of women), methodological guidance, e.g. for supporting supply and demand side, conflict sensitive program management and for “working on conflict”.

BEN_0023Stefan Bruni, University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Stefan Bruni is the head of the Competence Centre for Regional Economics at the Institute of Management & Economics, University of Lucerne.He is a specialist of public finance, fiscal federalism, and regional development.

BEN_0020Hynek Bures, dubbed perceptions

Share your knowledge audio-visually! – Starting his career in the field of international cooperation and development, today Hynek supports development organizations in developing their institutional video literacy, and in sharing their knowledge using videos, animations, games and social media. This blog report being one example of his work.

P1060567BEN_0004Ursula König and Erika Schläppi from Ximpulse GmbH

Ximpulse GmbH combines expertise and experience on facilitation, learning processes and network management with expert knowledge on governance related topics such as decentralization, human rights and access to justice, constitutional reforms and state building, particularly in fragile contexts.