Global Perspectives 2021 was held as a hybrid experience, from 25 October to 4 November 2021. It brought together an international audience from national and international civil society organisations, foundations, governments and business.Download the Outcome Document
This year’s theme focussed on the civil society sector approaches, opportunities and challenges of Shifting Power. We provided global and regional perspectives – holding in-person meetings in three hubs in East Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. The conference offered panel discussions, work sessions and peer-to-peer exchange, high-quality conversations and intensive networking.
We focussed on civil society sector approaches to create a more just and impactful way of fighting for social, political and climate justice, and accelerate the overdue power shifts in decision-making, financing and operations in their work. CSOs are unlearning and deconstructing current cultural norms that benefit from hierarchical worldviews, and moving towards locally-led and globally connected operations.
With three pillars in focus: de-concentrating data and digitalisation, decolonising aid and organisational structures, and embracing new power, we brought in futurists and forward thinkers to support and challenge participants.
“Picking brains, hearing pains, seeing where successes and challenges from different people and orgs interlock and overlay. ”
“The excursion was particularly interesting, an excellent approach to outside the box learning.”
“Conference space was great, and the ability to connect and discuss with diverse groups of people was excellent.”
“The workshop sessions were well designed with space for valuable exchange.”
Our online programme agenda allowed participants to take part in discussions, polls, small group-chats, and, of course, to enjoy those important networking opportunities.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of Europe's largest foundations associated with a private company. It works in the areas of health, education, and global issues. With its charitable activities, it contributes to the development of viable solutions to social challenges. For this purpose, the Foundation implements its own projects, enters into alliances with partners, and supports third-party initiatives.
Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries to prevent avoidable blindness and fight for the rights of people with disabilities. Their vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities can participate equally in society.