International Development Cooperation – from Development Aid to Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: History – Guiding Principles – Examples for the new Approach to the Role of the Private Sector

Date: 31 July 2016
1 August 2016, 14:00

Kristin Laabs - Director KfW Office Dushanbe, KfW Development Bank; Deputy Chair of the Development Coordination Council in Tajikistan 

The objective of this lecture is to present an analysis of the paradigm shift in international development cooperation from aid to global partnership for sustainable development by discussing the history and guiding principles of development cooperation.  Development projects and donor coordination in Tajikistan serve as an example. The concept of modern development assistance was shaped under the framework of the United Nations. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. Tajikistan was elected as member of ECOSOC for the term 2017-2019, for the first time. Over the decades, a paradigm shift from official development aid to shared principals to achieve common goals took place. Germany is the 3rd largest donor for development assistance after the US and UK. What have been the guiding principles for German development cooperation? How do development projects funded by the German Government in Tajikistan reflect these principals? The Development Coordination Council in Tajikistan functions as a mechanism for dialogue with the Government of Tajikistan on shared priorities. In 2015 the UN endorsed the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The Government of Tajikistan has aligned its new National Development Strategy 2016-2030 with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and committed itself to the transition to a new growth model in which the private sector plays an important role. Mobilizing the private sector for development cooperation through public-private partnerships (PPP) started within the UN system 50 years ago. Examples from Turkey and Tajikistan in agriculture and energy sectors explain the approaches to the involvement of the private sector through PPPs then and today.
Kristin Laabs has been appointed as Director of KfW Office Dushanbe in August 2013. Before joining KfW Development Bank in 2012, Kristin Laabs has been working for almost 20 years in the private sector, with ten years of professional experience in management positions in the textiles industry in Turkey. After her return to Germany, as Managing Director of a German MSE in the textiles industry she was in charge of international sourcing and the product management. Kristin Laabs studied International Relations and Economics at Free University in Berlin and Sabanci University in Istanbul. She holds a Master degree in Political Science. She started her career working for the German commercial bank “Commerzbank” in the corporate clients business. Since December 2014 Kristin Laabs has been chairing the Cluster for Economic and Private Sector Development of the Development Coordination Council (DCC) in Tajikistan. In October 2015 she has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the DCC.
The presentation will be conducted in English.
SPCE Khorog, 126 Lenin Street, Khorog, GBAO, Tajikistan, Room 101.

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* The views presented in this lecture are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the University of Central Asia or any of its staff
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