Workshops

Economic-Financial Crisis and its Implications upon the European Community Budget and Aid for Development Policy (Thursday, 25th)

Host: European Institute of Romania

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Dumitru Miron (ASE)

Brief Description: This workshop intends to provide a Romanian perspective on the economic and financial crisis, focusing on their implications on the euro currency and the community budget, having direct consequences on the budget for the assistance for international cooperation and development.

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Media and Development (Thursday, 25th)

Moderator: Ms. Laura Ranca, PhD Candidate Loughborough University, UK

Guest Speakers: Mr. Adrian Lungu (EurActiv), Ms. Cristina Lupu (Centre for Independent Journalism), Ms. Iuliana Rada (Civil Society Development Foundation)

Brief Description: What is / should be the role of mass-media in covering development issues in a country like Romania, which is at the same time a beneficiary of development assistance as well as a donor and partner in international development assistance programs? What can we learn from local and international experience in this field? Starting from these questions, the workshop will provide an informal discussion forum for journalists and other media professionals, NGOs, development practitioners, and media and development researchers. It aims to steer debate and further collaboration in a strategic area, which deserves increasing attention in Romania – the role of media in covering and promoting information / knowledge about development and international cooperation, as well as the role of media as agent of development. Based on workshop presentations, audience questions and discussions, we will generate a thematic agenda outlining the current state of media coverage of development affairs in Romania, identify gaps and best-practices, as well as propose viable steps forward in practice and research.

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Roundtable: How can Romania best use the experience of 20 years of transition? (Friday, 26th)

Host: United Nations Development Program Romania (UNDP)

Moderator: Mrs. Maria Sandor

Guest speakers: Ms. Ruxandra Bandila (PwC), Mr. Dragos Paslaru, Ms. Laura Stefan, Mr. Florin Banateanu (KPMG Director), Mrs. Mihaela Rutjens (MFA/ODA Division), Ms. Olivia Baciu(FPDL), Ms. Despina Pascal (Axa International), Ms. Cristina Manescu (CEED), Ms. Doina Visa (World Bank).

Brief Description: Lessons shared by Romanian and international experts  from their experience  with international donors ( World Bank; USAID; UNDP; EC;) in addressing development challenges in transition countries followed by a brainstorming session on How can Romania best use the experience of 20 years of transition.

Target groups: policy makers, governmental officials, academia, NGOs, business representatives, media, International development master students

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Student Session – ‘Career Paths in Development’ (Thursday, 25th)

Host: Babes Bolyai University and ARCADIA

Moderator: Mrs. Denisa Brand- Jacobsen

Guest speakers: Ms. Olivia Baciu (FPDL)

Brief Description: This session will offer students who are interested in the fields of international cooperation and development the chance to discuss with practitioners in the field, who have extensive experience in the field.

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The role of corporations in national and international development (Friday, 26th)

Host: Centre for Corporate Citizenship Romania

Moderator: Mr. John Aston (CCCR)

Brief Description: Corporations are one of developments largest POTENTIAL partner and require our attention. Do we agree that corporations are a vital stakeholder of the continuous debate on finding and adapting lasting solutions for the world‘s development needs? And if they are – are we ensuring the required capacity building within and around the corporate world to allow them to be engaged or are we relying too much on the Global Compact top down approach and on governments to spend wisely their tax money? Further, not only does the corporate world have a huge impact on each countries economy, taxes and livelihoods but it also attracts a vast amount of the more talented managers from the marketplace. And everyday they take decisions that directly impact how fast or how slow the development capitals of the world evolve. Are these decisions well informed? And are the real stakeholders of these decisions “at the table” when the decisions are taken?

Guest Speakers: Ms. Mihaela Vrabete (Halcrow Romania), Ms. Oana Nastase (Rompetrol Group), Mr. John Aston ( AstonEco Management and CCCRo), Mr. Peter Wells (CEPES).

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International development education: The Millennium Development Goals – An academic perspective (Friday, 26th)

Host: World Vision Romania

Moderator: Mrs. Claudia Pedersen (World Vision)

Guest Speakers: Dr. Bogdan Mihai Radu (Lecturer in Political Science, Babes Bolyai University Cluj), Dr. Luciana Alexandra Ghica (Lecturer, International Relations and European Studies, University of Bucharest)

Brief Description: Teaching international development in more recent democracies such as Romania is a new and challenging endeavor, which requires careful orchestration of resources while capitalizing on these countries’ particular “histories”. The first 5 MAs in development studies will start in October 2010 in 5 different universities in Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj and Iasi. Along with its academic partners, during the summer of 2010 World Vision Romania started an EC-funded project through which a curriculum of 8 courses on the 8 Millennium Development Goals will be developed. While providing teaching kits for the Romanian curricula on international development (primarily for the 5 MA programs but not limited to them), these new courses aim to contribute to the larger European curricular efforts in the area of development cooperation. Against this background, in this panel, we invite you to reflect upon the already existing resources and initiatives and give your input on how to corroborate academic knowledge with the expertise of civil society in their common effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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Measuring Poverty and Poverty Indicators in Roma Communities / Innovative Interventions in the Ghetto (Friday, 26th)

Host: Policy Centre for Roma and Minorities

Guest Speakers: Mr. Valeriu Nicolae (President Policy Center for Roma and Minorities), Ms. Manuela Stanculescu (conf. Facultatea de Sociologie si Asistenta Sociala, Universitatea Bucuresti, Researcher ICCV), Mr. Gelu Duminica (Agentia Impreuna), Mr. Virgil Voineag (President The National Statistics Institute), Ms. Cristina Loghin (President Reteaua Nationala Antisaracie – Includere Sociala)

Brief Description: Measuring poverty has become lately a highly debated issue. The Europe 2020 Strategy sets clear headline targets that Romania assumes as well. We can often find Romania in the top of many social and economic statistics that negatively reflect the population standards of living. As a consequence of the economic crisis, the vulnerable groups are even more exposed to poverty. Most of the times the government’s and NGO’s actions target the categories living in relative poverty and not those living in extreme poverty.

The purpose of this roundtable is to provide a discussion on the extreme poverty issue and the means in which it can be better measured in the case of vulnerable and many times “invisible” groups. The discussion will focus on measuring the poverty in Roma communities, in particular the ones living in ghettos or not legally placed areas that are not covered by statistics. In many cases, the indicators used for measuring relative poverty are less relevant for these communities, where basic facilities such as water and electricity are either missing or existing illegally.

The main debating points are:

● Currenly used methods for measuring poverty

● Are there needed specific indicators for measuring poverty in the Roma communities?

● Means of collecting data