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    How to unleash Transformation in Economic Development Cooperation?
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    June 2021

“A number of global development challenges do not seem to be solved by gradually changing or reforming current ways of production, consumption, transport or other systems. For years, actors in academia, policy and practice have been calling for more action on ‘transformational change’, meaning a change that is profound enough to shift societies, up to ‘the’ global one onto fundamentally different development pathways.”

This is a quote from the guidance “Transforming our work: Getting ready for transformational projects” that has been developed by several authors under the auspices of GIZ. This guidance inspired a dialogue series that evolved into a collaborative effort of GIZ initiatives and colleagues and took place over four sessions from April to June 2021. It was supported by the GIZ Green Economy Transformation (GET) project, which works on the transition to an inclusive green economy in collaboration with the UN Partnership of Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and other international organizations. The Green Economy Transformation project is part of the German BMU-funded International Climate Initiative (IKI).

Coming from different departments within GIZ, colleagues Daniel Kehrer (Advisor), Holger Kuhle (Policy Advisor Strategic Knowledge Partnerships) and Gabriele Wagner (Advisor, GET project) initiated the dialogue series and engaged the discussion from different perspectives. Anne Schollmeyer (Advisor) facilitated the online dialogue by providing graphic illustrations of each session. The dialogue series as a collective process was supported by the consultant Rakesh Kasturi, who in his role as Moderator and Sprint Doctor guided the participants through a process of systemic thinking. Manuel Kuhm (Junior Policy Advisor) and Daniel Sachadonig (Intern, GET project) supported the editing of this report. The 25 participants joined from a wide range of institutions across the globe, representing government institutions, international organizations, universities, think tanks, and civil society organizations.

This report summarizes essential statements of the discussions, which are underpinned in the annex with slides on definitions and the impact process by using visual recording technique. For a more detailed reading of our debate, the co-created digital whiteboard can be consulted upon request.