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Is a stable and secure environment a precondition for successful development cooperation, or is secure environment shaped through development cooperation?

Is it possible to create mutual understanding, coordinated response and shared agendas between the two so-called parallel worlds – the practitioners of humanitarian and development cooperation, and those directly contributing to security and stability? We are in a situation where states and international organisations have limited financial resources and cannot afford overlapping, uncoordinated or competing efforts. But is it right to use Official Development Assistance (ODA) for security interventions?


This conference will investigate the challenges as well as collaboration opportunities between military interventions and development cooperation. The answers sought in these panels are of utmost importance from the perspective of the people who are suffering in crisis situations and are expecting practical assistance, not theoretical and legal deadlocks.


The working language of the conference is English. Please register your participation here.


Date: 6.09.2017
Location: Swissôtel, Tornimäe 3, Tallinn, Estonia


10.30 – 11.00             Registration, coffee

11.00 – 11.20              Key note by Sven Mikser, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

11.20 – 11.30              Opening words by Johanna Helin, NGO Mondo’s Board Member

11.30 – 11.45              Conclusions from yesterday’s roundtable “Development Cooperation Afghanistan: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward” by Daniel Schaer


11.45 – 13.30                     Panel I: Lessons learned from civil-military coordination


What are the positive and negative experiences from past civil-military coordination in different contexts? Are the humanitarian and development projects and interventions contributing to security competing or complementary?


Tiina Intelmann, Head of the EU Delegation to Liberia

Brig. Gen. Alois A. Hirschmugl, Humanitarian Affairs Advisor to the Austrian Chief of Defence Staff

Mark Bowden, former United Nations Deputy Special Representative to Afghanistan

Maria Mekri, Executive Director of the peace and security think tank SaferGlobe


Moderator: Hannes Hanso, Chairman of the Estonian Parliamentary Defence Committee    


13.30 – 14.00              Coffee


14.00 – 15.45               Panel II: Future prospects


What are the potential channels and platforms that could encourage and facilitate further collaboration between the different stakeholders in humanitarian aid, development and security? What are the implications of widening the ODA definition to include also security related activities?


Josef Reiterer, Chief of the Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Geneva

Jonatan Vseviov, Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defence

Marek Štys, Head of Emergency Programs of NGO People in Need

Jüri Seilenthal, Director of External Economic and Development Cooperation Department in the Estonian Foreign Ministry


Moderator: Hannes Rumm, Councillor at the Estonian Foreign Ministry   


15.45 – 16.00 Conclusions: Mati Raidma, Advisor to the Estonian Rescue Board and Founding Member of NGO Mondo

16.00 – 18.00 Light buffet, networking

The conference is part of the European project ‘Media for Development’ that is implemented by NGO Mondo (Estonia), Green Liberty (Latvia), Estonian Public Broadcasting Company (Estonia), People in Need (Czech Republic), Slovak NDGO Platform (Slovakia), House of Europe (Lithuania), VIKES (Finland) and BAAG (UK/Ireland). It aims to raise the awareness of the general public about global interdependencies and challenges through media.


‘Media for Development’ is funded by the European Commission and co-financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The event does not necessarily represent the views of the European Commission.

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