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19 August 2011, Annual development cooperation conference
Development cooperation: innovation is the key to the future

What kinds of innovation have shaped the Confederation's development cooperation? What are the main innovations today in our cooperation with partner countries and organisations? How can development cooperation based on partnership help find solutions to new challenges?

The SDC, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was taking this opportunity to look more closely at these innovations.

Media release annual conference, 19.08.2011

Films of projects and videos of speeches, interviews and discussions

10.30 am
Doors of Partner Exhibition open
Partners of the SDC and SECO present their own innovative ideas to address the challenges facing development cooperation

1.15 pm
Official opening of the conference and welcome
Urs Gredig
, moderator

1.30 pm
Opening speech
Micheline Calmy-Rey
, Swiss President and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Speech (fr)

1.45 pm
Innovation and climat change
How can measures be adapted to take account of climate change, both in the field and at the level of national and international institutions?
Crispin Lobo, co-founder of the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), India

Interview and film of project
Konrad von Ritter, former Practice Manager of the World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice


Project video "A climate of change" only without lecture

2.15 pm
Innovation and health
How can a psycho-social approach to development be adopted, that goes beyond just physicial health to enable the beneficiaries to master their own futures?
Maimuna Kanyamala, Executive Director of Kivulini Women's Rights Organisation, Tanzania

Lecture and film of project<>

Project video "Youth is the future, the future started yesterday" (de) only without lecture

2.45 pm
Innovation by the poor for the poor
Anil Kumar Gupta
Anil Kumar Gupta is professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, and Vice Chairperson of the National Innovation Foundation of India.

3.00 pm

3.45 pm
Financial Innovation I
PIDG - Private Infrastructure Development Group
What are the characteristics of the financing solutions that should be implemented by public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects?
Nick Rouse, Managing Director of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)
Ernest Mabwa, Plant Manager of the Geothermal Power Plant Olkaria III, Kenya
Diane Harris, Programme Manager PIDG


Financial Innovation II
Microinsurance: a promising instrument to reduce the vulnerability of the poor.
Edwin Vargas, Director of the PROFIN Foundation, Bolivia
Brandon Mathews, Head of Emerging Consumer at Zurich Insurance

Discussion and film of project


Project video financial Innovation only without discussion

4.35 pm
Social and Political Innovation
Khaled al-Khamissi
Producer, director and journalist Khaled al-Khamissi completed his studies in Political Science at the University of Cairo and in International Relations at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is the author of the novel 'Taxi' and experienced the 2011 revolution in Egypt first hand on Tahrir Square.


4.55 pm
Concluding discussion and closing remarks
Beatrice Maser Mallor, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development at SECO
Martin Dahinden, Ambassador, Director-General of the SDC


5.30 pm
Conference closing and apéro

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