The Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU) 

Mini Conference, August 29-30 2018

Skærmbillede 2018 08 17 kl. 10.04.00

at AU & VIA (University College Aarhus, Aarhus)


After decades of state retrenchment and market expansions, the question remains whether there is still a role to play for state provision of welfare in developing countries?


The program:

Wednesday August 29th: Venue: Aarhus University, Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skousvej 7, 6th floor, building 1467, room 616.

13.30-14.00: Arrival, registration & Welcome, by the FAU Board

14.00-15.15: First keynote presentation: Tilman Altenburg, GDI, Bonn. “Can market economies achieve the SDGs – and do we need an SDG-oriented industrial policy?” (videolink) & Discussion.

15.15-15.45: Break for coffee and tea

15.45-17.30: Panel debate on ‘The future of industrial development in Africa’. Panelists: John Rand (KU) and Lindsay Whitfield (RUC).

17.45-18.30: Presentation: ‘Local Content Requirements in Tanzania’, Michael W. Hansen, CBDS, CBS.

18.30-18.45: Closure of Day 1.

19.30-??.??: Conference Dinner (restaurant in the center of Aarhus)

Thursday August 30th: Venue: VIA University College, Ceresbyen 24, 8000 Aarhus C. Room B6.23. (6th floor, room 23).

09.00-09.15: Welcoming, Day 2 (focus on ‘Does the state still have a Role to play as Welfare Provider in Developing Countries?’), by the FAU Board

9.15-10.45: Second keynote presentation: Olle Törnqvist, University of Oslo (UiO). “Can Social Democratic development in the South be reinvented in an age of growing inequality?” Followed by discussion.

10.45-11.15: Break for coffee and tea

11.15-13.00: First session:  Social Democratic Experiences. Can the Nordic Welfare State Model be transferred to Developing Countries?

Presentation by Gibran Cruz-Martinez, Spanish National Research Council “Experiences with state centered social protection in Latin America and The Carribeans”.

Presentation by Hatla Thelle, (formerly the Danish Center for Human Rights), “Development of Social Policy in China - Principles and Practice”

13.00-14.00: Lunch (the participants are to arrange for themselves)

14.00-16.30: Second session: Conservative welfare Regimes. How and where? Arabian Gulf States, Latin American Dictatorships? China? Africa.

Presentation: ‘Social Welfare in China between State and Market’, Stig Thøgersen, CAS. AU.

Presentation: ‘The Arab Gulf States: Oil rich and Autocratic Welfare States’ Martin Hvidt, CMØ, SDU.

And summary discussion

16.30-17.00: Wrap up and goodbye


The Conference is being supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Danida, DIIS, MSC/CBS and IKS/AU.



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