07 March 2018 - 13:00 - 14:30
Bruno Nazim Baroni, Shada Islam, Brenda Killen, Makiko Kubota, Clare Moody

The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations,World Bank and Coca-Cola to contribute to the global and European conversation on development. Through its activities and publications, DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community, including the ongoing global reflection on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

12.30 - 13.00

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13.00 - 14.30

National and international peace talks routinely exclude women despite their key role in peace-building and ensuring sustained stability. Despite stereotypical images of women as passive victims of war, women are largely active in the informal spheres, at community and civil society levels, beneath the radar of the international community and the traditional peace and security framework. Although traditional efforts by governments and nongovernmental organisations to combat radicalisation typically focus on reaching out to political or religious leaders—who are predominantly male—recent research shows that antiterrorism messages are effectively disseminated throughout families and communities by women, who are well placed to challenge extremist narratives in homes, schools, and social environments, and have particular influence among young populations. 

  • What are the key benefits of including women in national and international peace and security negotiations?
  • Why is there a need for increased female participation in the security sector?
  • How can women play a more active role in combating radicalisation?

Speakers include
Bruno Nazim Baroni, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at AVSI Foundation, South Sudan
Clare Moody, European Parliament Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence; and rapporteur on “EU fund for gender equality
​​​​​​​Brenda Killen, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Deputy Director for Development Cooperation​​​​​​​
Makiko Kubota, Senior Advisor on Gender and Development at JICA Tokyo

Moderated by
Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe


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Bruno Nazim Baroni
Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at AVSI Foundation, South Sudan
In the conflict-torn and world's youngest country of South Sudan, Bruno Nazim Baroni leads the monitoring of AVSI Foundation’s projects, including the US DOS-funded “Women Peace and Security”, supporting local peace committees and gender-based violence prevention. Additionally, he leads the crafting and realization of socio-economic researches, encouraging vulnerable women to engage in agriculture in partnership with community leaders’ families, as a mean to increase women’ economic weight and voice. Throughout his career as an evaluator, Baroni has supported NGOs, government agencies and multilateral organisations to gear initiatives of local economic development toward the needs, and in line with the constraints and opportunities, of vulnerable women and adolescents.
Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations. She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
Brenda Killen
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Deputy Director for Development Cooperation
Brenda Killen works to improve policy-making, delivery, monitoring and accountability of global development assistance.  Killen joined the OECD in 2007 and has over 25 years’ experience leading the design and delivery of international development programmes. She currently works on the OECD key research on gender equality and women’s empowerment in fragile and conflict-affected situation (INCAF/GENDERNET), analysing ways forward to help member states better integrate a gender perspective into donor support to state building. Prior to her current position, Killen worked for the UK Department for International Development in several senior roles and as an experienced economist, has extensive field experience in Africa.
Makiko Kubota
Senior Advisor on Gender and Development at JICA Tokyo
Makiko Kubota provides advisory and technical support to JICA operations in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. She has been engaged in various field projects in Asia, Africa and Central America to address sexual and gender based violence, social protection, women’s economic empowerment, and political participation and leadership. Prior to this position, she served as a policy advisor for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan focusing on building the ministry’s capacity to promote gender responsive reconstruction and peacebuilding processes. Kubota is currently also a member of the evaluation committee for Japan’s National Action Plan on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security.
Clare Moody
European Parliament Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence; and rapporteur on “EU fund for gender equality”
Parallel to her position as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Clare Moody also sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Women´s Rights and Gender Equality. Her work within all of these committees has focussed on a wide variety of issues facing women and security, including addressing the gender pay gap and girls; women’s health and education; and supporting gender mainstreaming in the EU budget through her 2017 report on “EU funds for Gender Equality”. Moody has extensive previous political experience, including working as an advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown in No 10.

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