international conference 2010 luxembourg

RISC – REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND SOCIAL COHESION CONFERENCE 2010

DEVELOPMENT, POVERTY AND GLOBAL CRISES: REINFORCING GOVERNANCE

10 - 13 NOVEMBER 2010, LUXEMBOURG

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.