FAU Seminar April 12-14, 2018: A New Order for Development – State, Market or both?

The Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU) invites to:

FAU Seminar

April 12-14, 2018

A New Order for Development – State, Market or both?


Are Brexit, Trump, and the rise of nationalist parties and authoritarianism in many countries within the past 5 years signs of an emerging new order of development?

This is the topic of a 3-day seminar for development researchers, practitioners and students. The format of the seminar provides a rare opportunity to engage in more in-depth, interdisciplinary and direct discussions than is normally the case. It takes place in the tranquil surroundings of rural Djursland and emphasizes informal interaction between international and Danish speakers and participants.

International scholars (Dirk Willem te Velde, ODI; and Olle Törnquist, UiO) will give plenary input (see below) while groups of committed scholars from different institutions convene the two workshops (1. The Private Sector and Financing the SDGs, and 2. Does the State still have a Role as Welfare Provider in Developing Countries?).

Through these debates, the seminar will address:

  1. What do these changes mean for the global role of dominant powers and marginalized regions in the south and elsewhere?
  2. How have these changes affected development research and development programs and projects as we have known them and what can we expect in the future?
  3. To what extent are these changes part of larger trends of affecting states, markets, civil societies and their interaction?

We thereby hope to address the challenges and opportunities of a possible new order of development especially issues of how and whom to finance, deliver and decide over growth and welfare. See the preliminary conference program below.

Dirk Willem te Velde is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the International Economic Development Group at Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He has worked on a number of themes relating to the private sector in development, state-business relations and more (read more here: www.odi.org). Olle Törnquist is Professor of Political Science at University of Oslo (UiO), Norway. He has worked on democracy and popular movements in developing countries, particular in Asia for many years (read more here: sv.uio.no).


Workshop 1 on ‘The Private Sector and Financing the SDGs’ is convened by: Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Søren Jeppesen, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and Michael Wendelboe Hansen, CBS. (See detailed workshop program below)

Workshop 2 on ‘Does the State still have a Role as Welfare Provider in Developing Countries?’ is convened by: Aase Mygind Madsen (VIA), and Martin Hvidt, University of Southern Denmark. (See detailed workshop program below)


Participants interested in presenting a paper in the workshops are kindly requested to contact the conveners (see names and emails below).


Registration & Fees:

Registration takes place in two steps; a) an email to the FAU Assistant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) including full name, name of institution, choice of workshop (1 or 2), and dietary requirements, if any, and b) payment of the registration fee (see the categories below) to the FAU bank account at Danske Bank, Registration-number: 1551, account-number 1651161.

Only when the payment is registered, is the registration complete.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday 28 March 2018.

The participants’ fees covering full board during the seminar from Thursday 12th in the afternoon to Saturday 14th at lunch time and lodging. The fees are as follows:

Students (Master and PhD): DKK 450 (if members of FAU. See fees below).

Members of FAU: DKK 1400

Non-members of FAU: DKK 2000

Non-members can save a considerable amount by joining FAU, and thereby also enjoy the benefits of FAU membership:


FAU Membership fees (annual): a) Students & Unemployed: 175 DKK, b) Ordinary members: 250 DKK, c) Family members: 300 DKK, and d) Institutions and organizations: 750 DKK.

You can join FAU by emailing the FAU Assistant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and pay the required membership fee.


The venue:

The Djursvold Hostel, Gjerrild is situated at Dyrehavevej 9, Gjerrild, 8500 Grenaa. The buildings used to host the local railway station are located close to the sea and various local attractions. See more at: www.danhoselgjerrild.dk

Please note that participants are to arrange transport to and from the venue and cover the expenses of this.



Mark the dates (12-14 April 2018) and Join us at Djursvold!

See the preliminary conference program and the workshop programs below &

Follow the updates on www.fau.dk

Program (preliminary)

Skærmbillede 2018 03 15 kl. 16.57.58


Workshop 1:The Private Sector and Financing the SDGs


Lars Engberg-Pedersen (DIIS – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Søren Jeppesen (CBS – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Michael W. Hansen (CBS – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Workshop session 1: Financing the SDGs and the role of the private sector

International public finance is only expected to represent a fraction of financing for the SDGs, and the private sector is hoped and expected to fill parts of the 2.5 trillion gap between needed and available funding currently estimated. But is the private sector ready to fulfil such promises?  What is the need for and outlook to strengthening public policies and of regulatory frameworks to unlock the transformative potential of the private sector? And where does that position development financing and other forms of public financing?


Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), ‘Framing the debate. Key questions.’

Dirk Willem te Velde, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), ‘Financing the SDGs’ (cont. from plenary).

Ole Therkildsen, DIIS, ‘Capitalism and Job Creation in refugee camps – a Jordanian case’.


Workshop session 2: Panel discussion: The future of industrial development in Africa

Among other challenges, most countries in Africa continue to struggle with getting industrialization going to an extent, which makes a difference economically, job wise and in terms of adding to a transformation of the private sector. The panelists will address a set of key issues based on new research, including the role of industrial policies, state-business relations, engaging the private sector, financing and the prospects of fulfilling key SDGs (like SDG 8 and 9).


John Rand, University of Copenhagen; Ole Therkildsen, DIIS; and Lindsay Whitfield, Roskilde University

Moderator: Søren Jeppesen, CBS


Workshop session 3: Opportunities and limits of public-private partnerships

A core rationale for creating public-private partnerships is to combine the assets of actors representing different sectors that are perceived to have diverse strengths. Efforts to engage with the business community importantly not only focuses on what additional resources private sector actors can bring to the table but also on the core competencies of governmental actors that enable broader private sector participation in addressing development goals. But what do the different modes of partnering with business require from public actors? And what are experiences of PPPs in effectively addressing development issues?


Michael Wendelboe Hansen, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), ‘Leveraging funds for development. Experiences of the Danish Industrialisation Fund for Development IFU.’

Jacob Ravn & Morten Plenthin Svendsen, Access2Innovation/AAU, ’Financing Public-Private Partnerships in theory and practice. Experiences from Access2Innvation.’


Workshop 2: Does the state still have a role as welfare provider in developing countries?


Conveners:  Aase Mygind Madsen, VIA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Denmark, and Martin Hvidt, University of Southern Denmark (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Participants are encouraged to present a paper or ongoing research in this workshop. Please contact the convener, if you would like to do so.

Session 1: Historical, ideological and theoretical perspectives. Convener: Aase Mygind Madsen

What are the basic ideas behind the universal Nordic welfare states, what has been the outcome in terms of equality, welfare and growth; to what extent have these ideas influenced politics in developing countries and are the ideas and the outcome transferable?


Session 2: Social Democratic experiences. Latin America and Asia. Convener: Jørgen Dige Pedersen, University of Aarhus

Debates and actions to promote state centered social protection is probably currently strongest in Latin America and the Carribeans.Points of intersection between the different contexts of India and Scandinavia have been highlighted and debated since the time of the Myrdals and the early Indian National Congress leaders. Most recently a combined Scandinavian – Indian project have looked into the prospects of India learning from Nordic social democracy.


Session 3: Conservative welfare regimes. How and where? Arabian Gulf States, Latin American dictatorships? China? Africa? Convener: Martin Hvidt, University of Southern Denmark

State provision of welfare is also relevant for other types of political regimes like conservative absolutist states such as Saudi Arabia and China. What has been the outcome in terms of welfare, equality and economic growth.