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Lessons from 6 Years of Pushing for Accountability
The Accountability Lab, an initiative run by GDL Member Blair Glencorse to make governments more accountable, just celebrated its 6th birthday. What has the Lab learned through crises, changes and growth about how to build a global movement for change – and what's next?
How street lights can ease women's lives and boost the economy
A major factor blocking women's economic integration is the lack of public safety. This is especially relevant in India, recently named the world’s most dangerous country for women. Elsa Marie D'Silva suggests that to make cities safer, decision-makers must finally consider women’s needs.
Human Trafficking: The Dark Side of Migration
GDL member Eirliani Abdul Rahman writes about her impressions of the Lab on human trafficking in Nairobi in June 2018, organised by the Global Leadership Academy (GLAC) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF), and why the spirit of Gandhi could be felt throughout the entire event.
United World Colleges
Eirliani Abdul Rahman recently joined the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) of the United World Colleges (UWC) International Board as a volunteer. Founded in 1962, the UWC is an educational movement.The objective is to help 16-19 year old students to develop resilience.
OnPurpose with Blair Glencorse
Blair Glencorse dreams of a world in which resources are used wisely, decisions benefit everyone fairly, and people lead secure lives. Through his organization Accountability Lab he develops and implements positive ideas for integrity in safe communities. On this podcast Blair talks about personal accountability as a starting point.
When I look around, I believe I can make it
During part of the period of the great drought in Chile between 2010 and 2015, Saona was posted to the embassy in Mexico, where she experienced how fragile and brittle the few collaborations between water experts in both countries were even in this emergency situation. She explains to TwentyThirty how the GDL has influenced her thinking.
"We're not fixed, we're fluent"
GDL by definition is without definition. It’s a laboratory. Therefore, we are constantly experimenting with new things and engaging in self-reflection on what worked and what could be improved. I think this is our big advantage. We’re not fixed, we’re fluent
Ebru Turhan on Turkey’s EU accession
In her publication for Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), Erbu Turhan explores the European-wide debate on alternatives to full EU membership for Turkey. She places a special emphasis on the new approach towards reformulating the EU-Turkey dialogue, pointing to efforts to embed the country within European structures by extending external differentiated integration.
Trump - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?
In which direction is the US going these days? David Patrician, US-Journalist, compares the Clint-Eastwood classic "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" with the current situation in the US. President Donald Trump may play an important role in that scenario. The article was published in the German Newspaper "Hamburger Abendblatt" in german.
“I am just going outside and may be some time”
Eirliani Abdul Rahman is a diplomat turned activist. To raise awareness for survivors of sexual child abuse, she is setting out for an expedition to Antarctica in December. Eirliani will be documenting her inner and outer struggles as she is preparing for this trip, pulling a sled with 200 pounds in food and gear, in temperatures dipping to minus 48° Celsius.
Construction de la Paix en Colombien
GDL Member Diego Osorio contributed an article in the Franco Paix where he discusses the construction of peace and social transformation when it comes to the case Colombia. The article was published in french.
German-Turkish Bilateral Tensions
GDL member Ebru Turhan contributed and article in the E-International Relations where she discusses the German-Turkish relationship which appears to be at the crossroads. In view of the complex interdependence between Turkey and Germany the article sums up policy recommendations
Screw-you-too diplomacy
The german newspaper "DIE ZEIT" published an article discussing how international politics treat actors who increasingly indulge in breaching all rules. Gone are the days of attempting to bridge sharp contrasts through dialogue. For the first time since the Second World War, National Socialism is on the rise in the world.
Colombia's peace process
GDL member Diego Osorio participated in the global debate about Colombia's peace process in September 2016. The topic was Colombia's current historic process and how it influenced the horrific armed conflict that dominated the country's narrative for more than 50 years.
Crowdfunding development aid
GDL member Blair Glencorse discusses whether Websites such as GlobalGiving and Kickstarter have re-imagined the way we support issues we care about and if we can we do the same for aid programmes. The Guardian article was published in September 2016
Europe's Crises: Leadership & Accession
GDL member Ebru Turban contributed an CESifo article about Europe’s Crises, Germany’s Leadership and Turkey’s EU Accession Process. German preferences play a leading role in the formation of EU-Turkey relations in general, and Turkey’s path to becoming a EU member.
Rebuilding Trust and Redefining Europe
Many challenges the European Union faces are in fact part of the global agenda. Evident links with the aims and purposes of the Global Diplomacy Lab could be further envisaged in future GDL’s editions. Searching for new forms of flexible and inclusive solutions to reaffirm the world’s democratic values and human rights builds upon connecting initiatives like these.
Brexit Injustice to Britain's Youth
GDL member Eirliani Abdul Rahman contributed an article about the Brexit and its influence on Britain's youth in the daily O. While 73 per cent of voters under the age of 25 wished to remain in the EU, 60 per cent of those over 65 opted to leave. Meaning that those who must live the longest with the outcome of the referendum wanted to remain in the EU.
A journey to the South Pole to raise Awareness
GDL member Eirliani Abdul Rahman on her goal to journey to the South Pole to raise awareness on the issue of child abuse. She will pull sleds weighing more than 60kg, over 60 days, in temperatures which can drop to minus 30 deg C.
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