CSEND wrote background paper for a policy seminar on "Designing a Strategy to Improve the Functioning of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol", organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels. The title of the CSEND paper was "Hype or Reality: Can the CDM trigger FDI?, Brussels, October 2005.
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"UNCTAD Regional Conference on Policy consultation Workshop on Using TRIPS Flexibility for the Promotion of Licences for Pharmaceutical Patents", 19-23, March 2007, Addis Ababa
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CSEND conducted research on how to best include employment and decent work into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP), the successor instrument of the IMF/WB following their failed Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). CSEND drafted a major document titled "Decent Work and Poverty Reduction Strategies: An ILO Advocacy Guidebook" and developed a 24 role negotiation simulation concerning PRSPs. The simulation was pilot-tested in Ethiopia (2003) and Cameroon (2005). The Guidebook was published by ILO, Geneva, April 2005.

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CSEND conducted an interdisciplinary study from 2002-2004 on resolution of environmental conflicts titled "Governing the Use of Landscape and Habitats in Alpine Areas: Negotiations as a Means to co-ordinate Stakeholder Interests" together with colleagues form the University of Basle. The study was part of the Swiss National Science Foundation programme Nr. 48. Results of the study were published in book form in October, 2005.
Sino-Swiss project on "Policy Dialigue on Financing Higher Education and Sustaining the Quality of Higher Education for Lifelong Learning"

Under the auspices of the OECD, CSEND experts established a framework to facilitate the development of a research network between Switzerland and China. The focus of this research network is to carry out comparative studies concerning the management and financing of higher education in the context of life long learning. For more detailed information and background documents please check
CSEND chaired a panel and gave papers on "The link between higher education and employability" and another paper on "Quality Evaluation in a Diversified Higher Education System - at an International Seminar on the Development of Higher Education and Financing Policies co-organised by OECD, Paris and the Ministry of Education, Beijing, China July 2004.
CSEND worked on a USAID-sponsored policy project for Booz Allen Hamilton. The goal of the study was to identify success factors of the Integrated Framework (IF) a WTO instrument targeted to support Least Developed Country's supply-side deficiencies. Target interviews were conducted with officials of the Geneva-based IF agencies namely WTO, UNCTAD, UNDP and ITC. Geneva, August 2005.

ProjSamples-icon-russiaDesign of a large system development project

CSEND advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London on the design of a strategy to create a network of Business and Training Centres (BTCs) in Russia.
The result of this process is the "Morozov Project", consisting of over 30 Russian Business and Training Centres (BTCs) which were twinned with foreign organisations to help strengthen the institutional capabilities of the BTCs in areas of management consulting and entrepreneurial training. The mission of each BTC is to help create jobs and contribute to a more vibrant local economy by acting as a business skills training and resource centre. BTC stakeholders include local entrepreneurs, managers of recently privatised companies, and local officials. The ultimate goal of each BTC is to become economically self-supporting, and contribute to the sustainable development of Russia's economy.

ProjSamples-icon-SloveniaNational Institution Reform: Background - At the request of the Republic of Slovenia, CSEND designed a technical cooperation project to assist that newly independent country in reforming its central government by modernising and strengthening its administration. 2.8 million Swiss francs were contributed by the government of Switzerland and complementary contributions was made by Slovenia. The project resulted in the creation of a National Administrative Academy and an Organisation & Management unit within the Ministry of Interior.

Administrative Reform through Training: Background The rapid growth of China's economy over the past decade has put increasing performance pressure both on its public administration and on government officials, who have been compelled to acquire new skills in order to meet the complex challenges of the "four modernisations". This pressure further increased after 1993, when more than a fourth of all civil service jobs were eliminated.

In 1994, CSEND was mandated to implement a three-year programme to assist the People's Republic of China in modernising its central administration by improving management and training capabilities in government and public enterprises.

The Swiss government, via the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), provided approximately 3.3 million Swiss francs of funding for this bilateral technical cooperation project, with a complementary contribution by the Chinese government. The Chinese counterpart organisation, the China Training Centre for Senior Personnel Management Officials (CTCSPMO), is one of the peak training institutions in China.