Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Emerging donors – way out of or into the crisis?

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, discussed the role of new emerging donors and the impact of global economics to development cooperation relations.

Tuesday 27.11.2012

What is the role of the European emerging donors in global development cooperation, particularly in times of crisis and budgetary cuts? How could countries like Estonia, Latvia, Poland or Slovakia support developing countries in eradicating poverty? What transition experience can these countries share with nations which go through similar social, economic or political transitions?

Those and other questions were discussed at the Kapuscinski development lecture in Tartu with Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga as the keynote speaker of the event.

„Development aid can effectively reach its aims if and only if both donor and recipient are on the same wavelength” – Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

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Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, is a professor and interdisciplinary scholar having published eleven books and numerous articles, essays and book chapters in addition to her extensive speaking engagements. As President of the Republic of Latvia 1999-2007, she has been instrumental in achieving membership in the European Union and NATO for her country. She is active in international politics, was named Special Envoy to the Secretary General on United Nations reform and was official candidate for UN Secretary General in 2006. She remains active in the international arena and continues to speak up in defense of liberty, equality and social justice, and for the need of Europe to acknowledge the whole of its history. In December 2007 she was named vice-chair of the Reflection group on the long term future of the European Union (2007-2010). Vike-Freiberga was the chair of the high-level group on Freedom and Pluralism of the Media in European Union, established by the vice-president of the European Commission (2011). She is also known for her work in psycholinguistics, semiotics and analysis of the oral literature of her native country.

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