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19 December 2018 - KU Leuven

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'Multi-stakeholder cooperation' has become a buzzword in international development. In order to solve complex challenges in the Global South, collaboration between a range of stakeholders from different sectors is a must, so it is said. Only by breaking up disciplinary boundaries and by searching for transdisciplinary knowledge creation can we evolve towards the 'systems thinking' and 'systemic change' that is required to solve these challenges.

But how do such partnerships really work? Is a genuine participatory process in which solutions for development are co-created possible? Or do power imbalances between, for example, partners from developing countries and those based in the North, persist? Do contexts for multi-stakeholder cooperation really offer an enabling environment for transdisciplinary research? How precisely are partners who look very differently at knowledge production able to find synergy and complementarity in a multi-stakeholder partnership?

During this event, research partnerships between young scientists and non-governmental organisations are explored with these questions in mind.

The programme will offer the following:

Morning Session - Interactive Exploration (09.30 -12.15)

>Interactive sessions in which the challenges of multi-stakeholder projects are discussed with 8 project leaders and their partners from the South (see the projects)

>Plenary discussion of key findings, aiming to distill 'lessons learned'

>Presentation of the new call for proposals for 'Multi-Stakeholder Grants'

Afternoon - Symposium (13.00-17.00)

>Keynote speeches by leading experts on co-creation and transdisciplinarity within research, a whole-of-society approach within development cooperation, the perspective from developing countries on multi-stakeholdership, and the logic behind the multi-actor policy that shapes Belgium's development cooperation

>The view of 7 academic leaders from the Global South, with a round-table debate

Networking Reception (17.00 - 18.00)

>During the reception, you can explore cooperation and discuss project ideas in the context of the second edition of the call for 'Multi-Stakeholder Grants', soon to be launched by KU Leuven.

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