MPP Student: Calep Pimienta
Location: Bonn, Germany
Institution: German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Every year, in what is now the former capital of Germany, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) receives experts from the public, private and social sectors for a total of four months to train and discuss global challenges and their alternative solutions through of international cooperation. They call this meeting of professionals from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, India, China, South Africa, and European countries the “Managing Global Governance Academy” or MGG.
The MGG is an academy that has been training agents of change for more than 15 years who, based on the holistic analysis of the system in which they are inserted, can find the links between the different systems that converge in our globalized world. The academy understands that the development of capabilities and competencies such as creativity, strategic design, reflexivity, communication, and conflict management are essential to establish a network of leaders who manage to influence their local context with a global view.
Furthermore, their entry into Germany required the organization of their accommodation, means of transportation, travels and of course, visas. Although I was not directly and permanently involved in this topic, it was of great interest to understand the logistics involved in the planning of an international event that involves the coordination and work of agencies from more than five countries (in this aspect I greatly recognize and admire the effort of Jasmin Shrage and Jazmin Dietzcsh, student assistants with whom I shared the experience of working together).
Second, the calm of the office turned into constant movement when the participants arrived. At this point my job was to directly follow the participants' program in each session. We begin with tours of the city, the former German chancellery, the BMZ offices and, of course, the content sessions prepared by various professors and specialists on topics related to sustainable development, interdependence and development of the global south, global governance, multilateralism, among others.