About Us

Global Perspectives Initiative

The Global Perspectives Initiative believes that a higher sense of responsibility leads to more opportunities, and more opportunities lead to a better future for everyone.

That is why we are promoting and supporting the discourse on a sustainable and balanced global development and strongly encourage Germany to increase its international responsibility in global development cooperation. We bring together stakeholders from politics, business, media and civil society and inform, discuss and work together to develop new approaches.

By doing so, we support Germany in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015. The Global Perspectives Initiative sees itself as a national platform in a global discourse for a fairer world in the future.

 

Our Program Lines

Our four Program Lines form the basis of our contentual work. Global Responsibility is the GPI´s cross-sectoral issue and provides the framework for the further three thematic priorities PeaceBusiness as Part of the Solution and Global Health.

We live in a complex world and believe that global challenges must be understood and thought through holistically. Our aim at all times is to strengthen multilateralism and enable exchange and cooperation at eye level. To this end, we offer a network and a platform to jointly develop international solutions to diverse problems. In order to promote sustainable economic and social development, both health and peace are basic preconditions for us. Armed conflicts, as well as a lack in health infrastructure, are enormous obstacles to equitable global development. In addition, we want to foster entrepreneurial partnerships and investments in countries of the global south in order to shape economic development in a fair and sustainable manner.

The geographical focus of our work rests on the region of Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Global Responsibility

The world faces major global challenges such as climate change, digitisation, peacekeeping and poverty alleviation. The emerging nationalism and increased protectionism, however, threaten internationally joined solutions. Which responsibility can Germany assume in the future to ensure a peaceful and sustainable global governance, to contribute to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals and to strengthen multilateral cooperation? The programme line Global Responsibility is the GPI´s cross-sectoral issue and provides the framework for the further three thematic priorities Peace, Business as part of the solution and Global Health.

 

Peace

Armed conflicts are the biggest obstacle to economic and social development as well as a crucial trigger for poverty, disease and suffering. GPI aims at strengthening the protection of women in conflict zones, while enhancing the role of women as mediators of peace. We also encourage to consider the links between security and development and embrace migration in all its manifestations as a global challenge.

Business as part of the solution

In a globalized world, partnerships at eye level are vital. Despite its high degree of fragility, the African continent has a lot of potential to offer – investment and development are mutually dependent on each other. By 2030, more than 50% of Africa’s population will be under the age of 18 and the number of jobseekers will consequently rise rapidly. Of the 400,000 existing German companies, only 800 of them are active on the African continent so far and the German economy is currently only investing 1% of the world’s approximate 81 trillion Euros in Africa. We would like to encourage German companies to get involved in African countries and to stimulate the necessary political framework conditions in order to promote sustainable economic development at eye level in Africa.

Global Health

German politics and the research sector are becoming increasingly aware that health is the essential prerequisite for equal global development. Any investment in health-related research, e.g. neglected tropical diseases, and building a health infrastructure strengthens the fundamental right to a healthy life. Rather than just being the absence of illness and disease, health is the basis for education and for economic and social development.

 

Our event formats

Circle

At our circles, topics are intensively questioned and deepened through the knowledge and experience of our high-ranking guests. We invite selected experts and discuss very concrete issues of development cooperation in a small group. Internationally recognised personalities often join in as key speakers and firstly provide concise input, followed by an open discussion.

Highlight

Highlights are events that are special due to exceptionally high-ranking international guests or significant research findings from studies that we commission. These are larger formats that are often realised in close cooperation with our partners. We pass on the presented and discussed issues to a broad audience and publish findings in the media after the event.

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Conferences

Our conferences are larger-scale formats that can take place over a period of several days and are usually implemented in close cooperation with our partners. With this format, we aim to enter into a more diverse discussion and to develop more complex ideas and solutions.

Politics Briefing

Parliamentarian talks are, as the name suggests, directed particularly at members of parliament, but also at political actors in government, ministries or political foundations.

Press Briefing

During our press briefings, new studies and insights are published, presented and discussed on a small scale. It is important for us to give the journalists space to challenge the topics intensively and to expand on them with our experts.

Roundtable

Our Roundtables have a stronger working character compared to the Salon and lead to concrete results, which are then summarized and published.

Salons

Our salons are small and exclusive formats with a maximum of 40 participants from business, politics and society. These are then introduced to well-known experts and personalities who present surprising and exciting content and discuss them together with us and our participants.

Side Events

Our Side Events are salons that take place as part of politically and socially relevant events and conference formats. They pick up the debates discussed and go further into detail. Due to the content links and the organizational connection to these external events, we are also often able to use our side events to bring even higher-level discussion partners into the discourse.