Dr Kees Biekart
This year’s Development Dialogue sees an exciting addition in the form of a dialogue session called The Fishbowl, chaired by Dr Kees Biekart of ISS. The Fishbowl provides the opportunity for dialogue among conference participants and the wider audience on a specific topic, creating rich outputs in a short time frame. Participants are organized simulating a fishbowl, with four chairs in the center and a ring around the chairs, where the audience take their place.
There are two main rules: 1) one of the four chairs has to remain empty, and 2) there is a time limit for each intervention. The dynamic seeks to generate an equal chance for every interested person to participate in the dialogue.
Following this year’s conference theme, the Fishbowl will encourage a dialogue between researchers and development practitioners about the strengths, challenges and the future of UN’s Development goals, as prompted in MDGs and SDGs. As an output we work to retrieve a joint reflection that should inform critical reflections about development.