The Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities enjoys the privilege of co-chairing the Community of Practice on Genocide Prevention and Development, founded in early-2013 in the context of the World Bank-IMF Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development.
The Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development is a permanent knowledge forum that seeks to connect experts and stakeholders from around the world and to provide a mechanism for continual and efficient knowledge exchange and for the cogeneration of innovative legal solutions to development challenges based on efficiency, equity and justice.
The broad objective of the Community of Practice is to promote the inclusion of a mass atrocity lens in the development practices of bilateral and multilateral agencies, as well as in the actions of civil society actors and private sector stakeholders.
The latest efforts of the Budapest Centre in the context of the Community of Practice include the launching of Deconstructing Mass Atrocities and Development: a series of sessions in the context of the Global Forum to raise awareness and foster action to further include a mass atrocity lens in development policies and practices. The first event of the series took place in early-April, 2014, and focused on the role of bilateral agencies in mass atrocity prevention. The upcoming event in the series will take place in late-October, 2014, at the Law Justice and Development Week. The event will focus on the role of the private sector in development and mass atrocity prevention, and feature representatives of private sector stakeholders delivering TED-like speeches. The series envisions a total of five events, to be concluded in the Spring of 2016.
Previous events in the context of the Community of Practice include:
The very first event run by the Community of Practice (April 2013), where Director of Research Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini participated in the event as speaker, and focused on defining what a mass atrocity prevention lens for development policy might look like;
and a more recent session (October 2013) focusing on the need to adopt a particular mass atrocity lens in development policies aimed at fragile and conflict affected situations.