Our Events in 2016


Achieving the SDGs and Sustaining Peace: Development Programming in Complex and Fragile Settings

This joint Norwegian Government / UNDP seminar on the 23rd November, 2016 examined how addressing fragility and sustaining peace was essential for inclusive development and for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially in countries in transition.

It built on the past lessons of achieving the Millennium Development Goals and closely examined development programming in the context of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development that aims to build more resilient, inclusive and cohesive societies.

The first half saw a high-level panel comprising Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway; Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP and Jan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council

The second half of the seminar saw speakers drawing on experiences of development programming challenges and opportunities in fragile environments and asking questions related to specific gaps in analysis and/or resources; application of lessons learned from one context to another and modalities to be used for inclusive development.

This event also marked UNDP’s 50th anniversary and the close collaboration between Norway and UNDP.




Nordic Consultation on United Nations and World Bank report on development and conflict prevention

On the 20th and 21st October, UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) organised Nordic consultations on a joint United Nations (PBSO, DPA, DPKO and UNDP) and World Bank study which examines the evidence base on how development policies and programs contribute to the prevention of violent conflict. This study will be presented at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly and at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in 2017.

On the morning of the 20th, the study core team gave an overview of the purpose, analytical framework and structure of the study which was followed by discussants and plenary discussions. This was followed by another panel discussion on the challenges of operationalising the study.

Complementing the discussions on the first day, the following morning saw the organisation of a research meeting to delve further into research issues around the main components of a prevention agenda in terms of development, security, politics and inclusion. Some of the issues that were explored included: prevention at the local level and the evidence of the effectiveness of conflict resolution mechanisms; how is development for growth different from development for prevention and peace; evidence around issues of trauma, trust and reconciliation; and how a prevention agenda reconciles issues of institutions and agency as well as political dynamics. 



Soft Launch - Report: Natural Resources Revenue Sharing

An event was held at the Oslo Governance Centre on 15 March to mark the soft launch of the UNDP /Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) report on Natural Resource Revenue Sharing.

Andrew Bauer, Senior Economic Analyst at NRGI, and Sofi Halling, Policy Analyst at the Oslo Governance Centre, presented some of the findings from the upcoming report. Among other things, the report provides 10 recommendations for designing and implementing efficient, fair and stable resource revenue sharing systems. Poorly designed revenue sharing systems can exacerbate regional inequalities and lead to violent conflicts.

The official launch of the report will be in September. 



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Webinar: Why SDG 16 matters to the African Great Lakes Region?

In September, 2015, World Leaders adopted the transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. The SDG 16 urges us to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The SDG 16 is of particular importance for the 12 Member States (Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) against the backdrop of past recurrent crises as well as ongoing conflicts in Burundi, CAR, South Sudan and eastern DRC. This webinar analyses opportunities and challenges for effective implementation of the SDG 16 in the GLR and hopes to address the following questions:

- What will be the added value of SDG 16 ten years after the signing of the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Developmentand its ten Protocols?
- What are the lessons learned from the ICGLR process to ensure successful implementation of SDG 16?
- Based on ongoing ICGLR initiatives on fighting Youth unemployment and illegal exploitation of natural resources / extractive industries as examples of collaborative regional commitments to address root causes of conflicts, what policy options emerge from the Great Lakes Region?

Program and introduction of speakers: Click Here

The webinar is available on YouTube 




NOREF - UNDP Breakfast Seminar: Socities and Conflict - UNDP's approach in times of crises

On 22 April, UNDPs Oslo Governance Centre and NOREF hosted a seminar on social contract in the context of fragile states. 

The development sector needs to adapt to a fast changing world. While some important successes have been registered, many more challenges remain, including the scourges of inequality and fragility. The 2030 development agenda for sustainable development also marks a new era with universal applicable goals. In order to confront tomorrow´s threats, the United Nations is reviewing its approach to peacekeeping, peacebuilding and development. Ongoing and recently completed high-level reviews are advocating for greater investment in conflict prevention and a revitalized development paradigm with sustainable peace, security, justice and governance at its core. United Nations agencies are therefore retooling and upgrading their abilities to better serve their partners.

In this context the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has reconceptualised its support to state and civil society institutions, especially in settings where fragility, conflict and violence threaten to roll-back hard won development gains. A key priority is to build resilient social contracts that both strengthen institutions and simultaneously facilitate dialogue, mediation and a shared sense of responsibility. A significant support to this reconceptualisation was provided by NOREF and its authorship of a concept note “Engaged Societies, Responsive States: The Social Contract in Situations of Conflict and Fragility”.

Invitation and program available HERE

For any questions or queries related to this event please contact:info@peacebuilding.no



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Expert Meeting on Measuring SDG 16 Targets on Peace, Inclusion and Freedom

On 28-29 January, UNDP’s Oslo Governance Center (OGC) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) convened an expert meeting to consider in detail the choice among various indicators for Goal 16 of the SDGs, on peace, justice and accountable institutions. The meeting was attended by 78 representatives from National Statistical Offices (NSOs), governments, multilateral agencies, research and policy institutions, and civil society organizations.

The expert meeting focused in particular on targets 16.1 on violence, 16.3 on justice, 16.7 on inclusiveness, and 16.10 on fundamental freedoms. In the discussions, both administrative and survey indicators were identified that were considered ‒ on conceptual, methodological, practical or statistical grounds ‒ to be preferable alternatives, or essential complements, to the those presently prioritized.

The report from the meeting is avalible HERE

Read the full program HERE

Goal 16 –The Indicators We Want: Download HERE




Please click on the links for more information.

Opening remarks (Sarah Lister, Director, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC). 

Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director, Peace Research Insitute Oslo (PRIO). 

Paul Larsen, project leader SDGs, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Olav Ljones, Deputy Director General, Statistics Norway. 

SDG 16: Where are we?
(Gary Milante, SIPRI).

Trends in conflict, waning or waxing? (Scott Gates, PRIO).

Panel 1: Target 16.1: Approaches to defining and conceptualizing conflict 
Chair: Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (PRIO).  

The UCDP Armed Conflict definition (Erik Melander, UCDP).

Conflict in the IISS Armed Conflict Database (Virginia Comolli, IISS).

Conceptualizing conflict through events (Clionadh Raleigh, University of Sussex).

Comments: Oscar Jaimes, The National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico. 

Panel 2: Target 16.1: Approaches to measuring conflict
Chair: Henrik Urdal (PRIO). 

The UCDP battle related deaths database
(Margareta Sollenberg, UCDP).
The Lacina-Gleditsch battle deaths database (Nils Petter Gleditsch, PRIO).

Using mortality surveys to measure battle deaths (Debarati Guha-Sapir, CRED).

Measuring conflict and violence for policy and research (Anke Hoeffler, Oxford University).

Comments: Wilma A. Guillen, Philippines Statistics Authority, and Thomas Wheeler, Saferworld. 

Panel 3: Target 16.3: Measuring rule of law and access to justice for all
Chair: Nicholas Marsh (PRIO).  

Going beyond crime: How to deliver justice for all
(Stacey Cram, NAMATI).

Beyond administrative data (Jana Schuhmann, UNDP).  

Access to Legal Aid as a Measurement of Access to Justice under SDG Goal 16.3: The ILF's Experience in Post-Conflict and Transitional Countries (Jennifer Smith, ILF).

Comments: Nicholas Menzies, World Bank.

Panel 4: Do perception indicators stand up?
Chair: Sarah Lister (OGC). 

An empirical prioritization of key Goal 16 indicators (Mark Orkin, University of the Witwatersrand, Former National Statistician of South Africa).

The GPS-SHaSA experience with household surveys (Francois Roubaud, DIAL).

Comments: Andrew Mack, Simon Fraser University. 

Panel 5: Target 16.7: Conceptualising and measuring the quality of decision-making
Chair: Jean-Pierre Cling (INSEE, France).

El-Iza Mohamedou (OECD/Paris 21).

Leah Wawro (Transparency International).

Praveen Shukla (India NSO).

Comments: Jana Schuhmann, UNDP. 

Panel 6: Target 16.10: Conceptualising and measuring access to information and fundamental freedoms
Chair: Chris Murgatroyd (UNDP). 

Laying out the issues (Bill Orme, Global Forum for Media Development). 

Measuring Fundamental Freedoms (Grace Sanico Steffan, UNOHCHR). 

Experience from Africa (Peter Opio, Uganda NSO).

Comments: Jan Robert Suesser, Former Director of the French International Technical Assistance Agency, ADETEF, Ministry of Finance. 

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