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We are excited to announce our first digital Alumni conference, titled, “Implementing the SDGs – Practical Challenges, Creative Solutions and Best Practices for Knowledge Transfer and Policy learning.” The conference will take place online from 12-14 November and is hosted by the Master’s programme in International and Development Economics at HTW Berlin in cooperation with MA Development Management (MADM) at Ruhr University Bochum and Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (SEPT), University of Leipzig.

The conference is dedicated to addressing obstacles and challenges of implementing the SDGs in the practical world, how to overcome them and achieve a successful realization of SDGs, through a process of knowledge sharing of approaches and arriving at creative solutions on a grand level.

Through case studies and workshops presented by Alumni of the programmes as well as current students, the conference aims to form creative solutions under the framework of know-how transfer and policy learning.

The focus of the conference are four SDG related topic clusters:

  • Pro-Poor Growth Policies and Pro-Poor Entrepreneurship (SDGs 1 & 8).
  • Economic Dynamics, Technology, and Infrastructure (SDGs 8 & 9).
  • People, Communities and Public Utilities (SDGs 6, 7 & 11).
  • Rethinking Economic Development: Circular Economy (SDG 12).

Participation is free of charge, but we have a limited number of slots and therefore we kindly ask you register for the conference. This will help the team planning the seminar to make a more informed decision on those that will fill these slots. The deadline for the submission of the application is 15 October 2021. Remaining slots can be filled after this deadline.

For further information about the conference - including the detailed programme - please refer to the attached brochure.
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