Creating impACT Berlin

24 November 2017 , , Philia

impACT Berlin – Day 3

One of the biggest priorities at impACT is to establish dialogue on eye level. What do we mean by that? Historically, international development was oftentimes an effort of rich Western countries to “save” less developed countries of the Global South. Over the past one or two decades, more and more people and institutions have recognised that this approach misses out on something important: Whilst Western countries may have greater resources and powerful institutions, local individuals and organisations hold valuable expertise about their native ecosystems and are very connected to the community. In order to maximise the impact of any project, it is important to combine resources, networks and knowledge.

At impACT, we came up with the idea to put this insight into practice: On the last day of our three-day conference, participants teamed up in groups of four to six people and worked collaboratively on project ideas related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that have been established by the United Nations and shall be completed by 2030.

Afghan and German entrepreneurs, students and members of organisations such as IOM (International Organisation for Migration), GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and ITC (International Trade Centre) worked side by side to come up with viable solutions to pressing problems for Afghanistan and Germany. A true conversation on eye level took place, facilitated by staff and students of School for Design Thinking, true experts in the area of user centric design.

Some of the projects were focussed on migration, such as “Kompass”, a Frankfurt-based organisation that supports refugees who aim to go back to their home country and set up their own business. Other projects focussed on education of Afghan youth and the education of Afghan refugees in Germany.

Whilst this edition of  impACT Berlin focussed on (social) entrepreneurship related to problems in Afghanistan and of Afghan migrants abroad, the impACT team is already planning additional events that focus on other countries and selected industries. Stay tuned and hope to see you soon at one of our events!