The crossing of global planetary boundaries and the growing inequality require us to rethink economic concepts. Today’s dominant neoclassical concepts with their exclusive focus on economic growth ignore power asymmetries, social inequality and the destruction of nature. We explore new economic approaches and innovative policy concepts that promote a socio-ecological transformation.
We provide spaces to discuss such new economic approaches and concepts. For many years, we have placed particular emphasis on the debate about the commons.
Since 2001, the annual Development Policy Discussion Days (EPDT) have been a cooperative event between the Seminar for Rural Development of the Humboldt University of Berlin (SLE) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation (hbs).
The discussion days serve the exchange of experts from science, politics, civil society and the private sector with an interested expert audience on development policy topics. They provide participants and guests with an insight into current development policy concepts and discussions on development cooperation. On the one hand, the aim is to demonstrate the responsibility of actors from the Global North for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
On the other hand, the aim is to increasingly include the voices of people from the Global South directly or indirectly in the debate in order to make their perspective on development cooperation visible and useful for further development.
The following discussions took place in 2021 and can be followed on Youtube:
- Partners in climate? – The role of African renewables in the European Green Deal
- Trap or trampoline – Smallholder digitalisation in sub-Saharan Africa
- The emperor´s fair clothes – Are labels and due diligence key to more sustainability?