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Development Policy Discussion Days

The Development Policy Discussion Days (Entwicklungspolitische Diskussionstage; EPDT), which the SLE organises annually in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, promotes the exchange of ideas between development policy, academia, civil society, and the private sector.

Young Professionals of the SLE study program and fellows of the Heinrich Böll Foundation organize the symposium and prepare its content. They select the speakers, moderate the event and write the briefing papers. The EPDT is thus a valuable component of the SLE study program. 

The EPDT consist of three separate panels and is attended by around 450 visitors, making it one of the largest development studies events in Berlin. The EPDT reflect current concerns and interests of development cooperation and invite speakers from different institutions and organizations.

In 2022, for example, the EPDT focused on widening global inequality in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, colonial continuities between Europe and Westafrica, and the relationship of debt relief and climate justice. Topics from previous years include the German supply chain act, the European Green Deal and climate justice, smallholder digitalization, and public-private partnerships. Please find the respective briefing papers here. More information on the topics and content of the latest EPDT can be found here

The following organisations have repeatedly participated in the EPDT since 2002:


EPDT Overview