Since 15 June, Christine Hackenesch has been acting head of the research programme “Inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation with the global south„. Dr Hackenesch has been a member of the academic staff of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) for more than ten years. Her research and policy advice focuses on policies of the EU for global sustainable development, support for democratization by the EU and relations beween China and Africa.
The previous head of the programme “Inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation with the global south”, Stephan Klingebiel, has been heading the UNDP Global Policy Centre for Global Development Partnerships in Seoul, South Korea, since 16 June 2019. Dr Klingebiel is on leave from DIE until June 2020 at the latest.
The work of the Policy Centres is relevant for the strategic development and the allocation of funds of UNDP. They aim to build up various partnerships between politics and civil society, evaluate their effectiveness and foster innovation. The UNDP Development Centre in Seoul focuses on trilateral development partnerships to support the exchange of best practices and learning with regard to innovative policy instruments.