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CONFERENCE SYNOPSIS: Throughout the world, development policies have made great strides toward addressing structural inequalities which have traditionally characterized and divided world regions. Nonetheless, many development challenges remain, in part because effective governance strategies are still evolving in local, national and global development systems. The global economic crisis of 2008-2009 highlighted this fact as global leaders publicly declared the need for new forms of governance and economic regulation. Similar calls for change have recently come in the fields of climate change, food security and human rights. Governance challenges related to development include: 1) political factors such as the need to address various forms of corruption, the further improvement of governmental transparency, the continued strengthening of rule of law, etc., 2) social challenges, in terms of the consolidation of social capital, the improvement of citizen participation in policy-making processes, etc., and 3) economic difficulties which are manifested in terms of unemployment, large informal economies, increasing socio-economic marginalization, etc. Of course, these different arenas are inter-related and development strategies in this young millennium attempt to simultaneously address the political, social and economic spheres through broader governance strategies and organizational partnerships.

This proposed conference examines poverty and development within the framework of recent global crises and governance. It includes two keynote panels that focus on: 1) Fragility, Development and Vulnerability and 2) Fragility, Development and Democracy. Also, there six panels organized by RISC’s working groups in association with the conference organizers. They examine topics related to the general conference theme in the following areas: 1) the Management of Strategic Resources, Environment and Society, 2) Comparative Border Politics, 3) Civil Society, Vulnerable Populations and Public Health, 4) Risk and Disasters, 5) Urban Violence and Citizen Security and 6) the Quality of Democracy.

The conference will include presentations made in English, Spanish and French with simultaneous translation.


Wednesday, 10 November / mercredi 10 novembre

18:30 Conference Opening and Presentation of Regions & Cohesion (Reception to follow, RSVP REQUIRED)
Carmen Maganda and Harlan Koff, Regions & Cohesion
Rolf Tarrach, President of the Univ. of Luxembourg
Marc Bichler, Director, Development Cooperation Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Soumaïla Cissé, Président de la Commission de l’Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA) “Le rôle de l’intégration régionale dans le développement en Afrique de l’Ouest : avances et defies”

Thursday, 11 November / jeudi 11 novembre

09:00-09:15 Welcome, Carmen Maganda and Harlan Koff, RISC Consortium, Univ. of Luxembourg

09:20-11:00 Fragility, Development and the Quality of Democracy in Cross-Border Regions I (Co-organized by Working Groups: Quality of Democracy and Comparative Border and Migration Politics) Chair: Travis Du Bry, Univ. of Luxembourg.  Anastasia Obydenkova, Univ. Pompeu Fabra, Spain “The European Dimension in Eurasian Context: The Quality of Democracy in Northwestern Cross-Border Regions of Russia” • Alain Seckler, MONUC-United Nations, Congo “Is local democracy in Africa’s cross-border regions a viable proposition?” • Bob Deacon, Philippe De Lombaerde, Maria Cristina Macovei and Sonja Schröder, CRIS-UNU, Belgium “Globalisation and the emerging regional governance of labour rights” • Olivier Walther, CEPS, Luxembourg “Doing Business Across Borders: The Entrepreneurial Landscape of a West African Border Region”

11:00-11:20 Coffee break

11:20-13:00 Fragility, Development and the Quality of Democracy in Cross-Border Regions II (Co-organized by Working Groups: Quality of Democracy and Comparative Border and Migration Politics) Chair: Humberto González Chávez, CIESAS, Mexico.  Leonardo Rioja, Univ. de Quintana Roo, Mexico “La cooperación transfronteriza en materia de seguridad en el sur de México: los retos de la gobernanza” • Gabriela Palavicini, ITESM, Mexico “La qualité de la démocratie au Mexique: Comment se voit-elle affectée par les problèmes qui présente la Frontière Nord” • Franz Clément, CEPS, Luxembourg “L’intégration et la représentation socio-politique des travailleurs frontaliers au Luxembourg : problèmes et réformes éventuelles” • Kazuyo Mori, Kyoto Univ., Japan “Impact of Border Management Toward Concept Formation of Border: A Case Study from Cross-Border Region in Northwestern Laos and Northern Thailand”

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Keynote Panel I: Fragility, Development and Vulnerability Chair: Peter Gilles, Univ. of Luxembourg.  Bruno Boidin, Clersé Univ. de Lille 1, France “La santé comme bien public mondial? Entre lacunes des gouvernances locales et émergence d’une gouvernance globale” • Andrew Maskrey, UNDP, Switzerland “Social risk, development and disaster prevention” • Virginia Garcia Acosta, CIESAS, Mexico “Challenges for a governance agenda: accumulated vulnerabilities and constructed risks” • Isabel Yepez, Univ. catholique de Louvain, Belgium “Pobreza, migración y desarrollo. vulnerabilidades y agencia social”

16:00-16:20 Coffee break

16:20-18:00 Keynote Panel II: Fragility, Development and Democracy Chair: Lauri Siitonen, Univ. of Jyväskylä, Finland/Univ. of Luxembourg.  Yolanda Sadie, Univ. of Johannesburg, South Africa “Student perspectives on issues of governance in Southern African states: Implications for development” • Ronald Jaubert, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland “Water management in Niger: Smallholder versus Medium and Large Scale Irrigation” • Sarah Brooks, Ohio State Univ., USA “Insecure Democracy: Risk Protection and Inequality in Developing Countries” • Maria Lucinda Cruz Santos Fonseca, Univ. de Lisboa, Portugal “Immigration, poverty and social exclusion in Lisbon: the area-based approach of urban regeneration policies”

18:30 2010 RISC Consortium Art Exhibition: The Dream Factory Opening Reception (RSVP REQUIRED) Sophie Feyder (photography),  Luigi Mastroserio (painting)

Friday, 12 November / vendredi 12 novembre

09:00-10:40 Informal Powers, Citizenship and Poverty: The Challenge for Contemporary Cities (Working Group: Urban Conflict, Violence and Citizen Security) Chair: Juan Carlos Vélez Rendón, Univ. de Antioquia, Colombia.  Frank Moulaert, KU Leuven, Belgium and Constanza Parra, Univ. of Luxembourg “Can neighbourhoods save the city? Toward a multiscalar approach of governance in urban Europe” • Jorge Giraldo Ramírez, Univ. Eafit, Colombia “Cambios en la interpretación, el comportamiento y las políticas públicas respecto a la violencia homicida en Medellín” • Piet Croucamp, Univ. of Johannesburg, South Africa “The operational interface between violent crime and civil war in South Africa” • Patricia Ravelo, Sergio Sánchez, CIESAS, Mexico and Héctor Domínguez, Univ. of Texas at Austin, USA “Violencias urbanas, diversidades culturales y cuerpos marcados en la Frontera norte de Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua/El Paso, Texas”

10:40-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:40 Global South Public Health and Welfare Policies: Issues of Identity, Autonomy, and Autochthony (Working Group: Civil Society, Vulnerable Populations, and State Policies of Health and Well-Being) Chair: Robert Dover, Univ. de Antioquia, Colombia.  Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa “Socio-ecological model for health-seeking behaviour and the epidemiological, nutrition, and demographic transition: a new model from the Global South perspective” • Solange Ngo Yebga, Univ. Catholique d’Afrique Centrale, Cameroon “Initiatives locales de la société civile en santé reproductives au Cameroun: étude de cas des structures associatives en milieu urbain” • Robert Dover, Claudia Puerta Silva, Univ. de Antioquia, Colombia and Estelle Victoria Lambert, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa “Approximations toward an integral perspective of urban environmental justice, health choice, and public policy” • Maaria Seppanen, Univ. of Helsinki “Gender and Corruption in Public Health Services in Nicaragua: Empirical and Theoretical Conclusions for Governance”

12:40-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:40 Environmental Fragility, Development and Poverty Concerns Behind the Global Environmental Crisis (Working Group: Management of Strategic Resources, Environment and Society) Chairs: Patrick Thill and Adrien Thomas, CEPS, Luxembourg.  Annette Disselkamp, Univ. de Lille 1, France “L’écologie est-elle compatible avec la démocratie?” • Nadine Feyder, United Nations, Congo “The price of peace for the second lung of the planet” • Hayyan ul Haq, Univ. of Mataram, Indonesia and Tri Hayati, Univ. of Indonesia “Managing Chaos in the Exploitation of Strategic Resources in Indonesia” • Enrique Pérez Campuzano, IPN, Mexico “Periferia urbana e incentivos económicos para la conservación ambiental”

15:40-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:40 Poverty, (under-)Development and Marginalization: Challenges of Governance When Faced with Risks and Disasters (Working Group: The Social Construction of Risk and Disaster) Chair: Fernando Briones Gamboa, CIESAS, Mexico.  Elkin Velasquez, UN Habitat, Kenya and Juanita López, Univ. Eafit, Colombia “Les problèmes de la gouvernance des risques urbains: actions et négociations dans le cas de deux grandes villes colombiennes” • Julie Hermesse, Univ. catholique de Louvain, Belgium “Inégalité foncière au Guatemala et inégale distribution de la vulnérabilité aux catastrophes” • Joel Audefroy, IPN, Mexico “La política de vivienda en México y la construcción de riesgos” • Francisco J. Aceves, IPN, Mexico “A Comparative Systemic Analysis of 2010 Earthquakes in Haiti and Chile”

19:00 Official Conference Dinner (RSVP REQUIRED)

Saturday, 13 November / samedi 13 novembre

ALL DAY Trip to Centre Pompidou in Metz, France (RSVP REQUIRED) Further information will be available at the Registration desk during the conference.




RISC Consortium President, Dr. Harlan Koff
Keynote Address: Soumaïla Cissé, Président de la Commission de l’Union économique et monétaire ouest africaine (UEMOA)
Keynote Panel II: (from left) Dr. Yolanda Sadie, Dr. Lauri Siitonen, Dr. Ronald Jaubert, Dr. Sarah Brooks, Dr. Lucinda Fonseca
Working Group Panel 5: Environmental Fragility, Development and Poverty Concerns Behind the Global Environmental Crisis
Conference Group Photo




Rolf Tarrach, Carmen Maganda and Harlan Koff

Marc Bichler

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