Participatory development strategy for Lusatia (1 June 2019 – 29 February 2020)

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The HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform carries out the project “Participatory Development Strategy for Lusatia” for the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Many initiatives dealing with the future of Lusatia focus on local and regional infrastructure projects, technology and economic approaches to develop the region. This is necessary, but not sufficient for a prosperous development. For a participatory development strategy in which the citizens themselves jointly advise and promote the transformation, we need multi-actor participation: Municipal politics/administration – economy – civil society – science. The aim should be to integrate issues of culture and identity (self-percpetion and self-esteem), proximity to the citizens, trust and courage to embrace change and other social-psychological aspects in the structural transformation processes. Our project for the preparation of a long-term participatory development strategy would like to start here: To establish a variety of perspectives, the exchange of arguments and justifications as the basis for cooperation and shaping the future. How important the integration of the various perspectives is, is shown by the many initiatives that have emerged in the region in recent years.

The project encompasses a workshop in August 2019 dealing with the challenges and actors of the transformation process, a second workshop in November 2019 asking for aims and formats in a participatory development strategy and finally a Trialog in January 2020 with the objective of discussing the results of the two workshops with a broader audience. A final report with recommendations for action will follow.  

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