Annual Report 2016

This was a productive year for KFPE; here are some highlights from 2016:

Switzerland and the Commodities Trade

We produced two factsheets on commodity trading, and organised an event in September 2016 (see below) to stimulate dialogue about potential courses of action and solutions, including participation by national and international experts (science, industry, NGOs and Members of Parliament). A short video was produced to give an overview of the factsheets and to promote their dissemination across social media.

Switzerland  and the Commodities Trade
  • 2016

Switzerland and the Commodities Trade - Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

This factsheet outlines key challenges, knowledge gaps, and research questions centring on Switzerland’s role and potential responsibility as a leading commodity hub. It concludes with suggestions of possible avenues for future research and policy.
Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries
  • 2016

Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries - Local Impacts, Global Links, and Knowledge Gaps

Switzerland occupies an important position in the global trade of hard and soft commodities. Companies headquartered within its borders directly or indirectly shape commodity extraction practices around the world, some of which carry considerable negative environmental and social risks on the ground, particularly in fragile contexts. Minimizing these risks and maximizing shared economic gains could enable mutually beneficial development and counteract persistent social and political inequality.
Rohstoff-Handel Anlass 20.9. 2016
  • 19.10.2016

Transparency in commodities trading: Options for action at the international level and in Switzerland

KFPE was co-organiser of this event, taking place 20 September 2016. The event was meant to provide an overview and stimulate dialogue about potential courses of action and solutions at both international and national level, while also providing different stakeholders (science, industry, NGOs and Members of Parliament) with an opportunity to share their views.

Microsite on the 11 Principles and 7 Questions

To raise public awareness about the KFPE Guidelines, particularly among younger people, KFPE created a Microsite with Pixelfarm where the 11 principles are visualized as video clips, and short versions of the 7 key questions are presented. In addition a Youtube-Channel was established to make all video clips and testimonials available, and a Facebook page was created in order to disseminate our activities to a broader audience.


Pathway to Transformation

A highlight of the second half of 2016 was the Research Fair on the 2030 Agenda, which was organised with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It was an excellent opportunity for exchange between science, policy, and practice on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Find below a short video about the Research fair produced by SDC.

Short video-clips about the Research Fair on the 2030 Agenda (2016)

Swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network - SUDAC

Not to forget: The swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) was established in 2016. The programme seeks to provide targeted support for collaboration between the various types of Swiss higher education institutions and their partners in low and middle-income countries in order to achieve an excellent standard of education, research and innovation to overcome global challenges (SDGs). KFPE was instrumental in shaping this programme and will serve in an advisory role.