BARCELONA BIPP HUB INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY
LETTER FROM THE FOUNDERS BIPP HUB’s vision is to provide Barcelona’s international public policy community with inspirational space as well as the services and support they need to fulfil their critical missions. Since opening our hub in Sant Pau, we have moved closer every day towards realising our vision. Last September, we expanded into our second space: the Sant Pau Central Pavilion. Our expansion allowed us to welcome many new organisations, all of whom are doing innovative work on global challenges, ranging from ethical sourcing to sustainable climate infrastructure. Independent professionals are also an integral part of the international public policy sector, and we welcomed our first cohort into BIPP HUB this January. Important milestones deserve to be marked, and in this spirit, we invited the Barcelona international public policy community, residents, friends and supporters to celebrate the Central Pavilion Opening last December. Our residents were the stars of the event, participating in an inspiring and interactive discussion on life in a Barcelona public policy organisation. We also premiered our new BIPP HUB video ‘This is BIPP HUB’ that features our residents and their stories.
Elisabeth de Nadal (left) and Annamie Paul (right)
BIPP HUB is committed to identifying and nurturing ground-breaking ideas designed to tackle the world’s greatest challenges, and we scout and incubate projects that hold the potential to provide groundbreaking solutions to the toughest global challenges. This winter, BIPP HUB was proud to welcome the Climate Infrastructure Partnership (CLIP), a transformative project that aims to accelerate the transition to sustainable infrastructure in urban and rural areas. Over the next year, BIPP HUB will be providing CLIP with space, services and mentoring to help get this “Made in Barcelona” idea off the ground. Luigi Carafa, the Executive Director of CLIP, has written a fascinating piece about his recent trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos which you will find inside. BIPP HUB continues to support the BCN Action Plan, a plan to attract more IPP organisations to Barcelona and to convert the city into a centre of reference for global public policy. Over the past months, we have used every occasion to spread the word about the BCN Action Plan, including during meetings with municipal representatives from Latin America and an international development professionals Meetup hosted in BIPP HUB and sponsored by the BCN Action Plan. We also have helped several international organisations plan for their arrival in Barcelona, and BCN Action Plan sponsors have provided valuable pro bono services to facilitate their landing. Looking ahead, BIPP HUB will continue to reach out to the Barcelona community with learning opportunities and programming. This summer, BIPP HUB will once again partner with IBEI to offer the Global Affairs Summer Scholars (GASS) Programme, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to gain first-hand exposure to International Affairs, while also getting a first taste of their future life as a university student. We also plan to host more networking events and to collaborate with our residents to offer public events. BIPP HUBB is intended to be a hub for all Barcelonians who are interested in, or working on, global policy challenges. Whether you are a resident or not, we hope you will keep in touch with us and that you will consider yourself at home in BIPP HUB. With best wishes,
Elisabeth de Nadal
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OUR RESIDENTS OUR HOME IN SANT PAU BIPP HUB is located within the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. Sant Pau is a “city within a city” and a designated UNESCO World Heritage landmark. Its rehabilitated historic pavilions are home to leading institutions who are engaged in international public policy such as the United Nations University, the World Health Organisation, UN-Habitat, EURORDIS, SCP/ RAC, the European Forest Institute and Casa Àsia. Offering co-location, co-working and incubation spaces, BIPP HUB occupies the Sant Jordi and Central Pavilions within Sant Pau. The Pavilions were recently restored to the highest standard and include private offices, as well as meeting, kitchen and reception spaces. BIPP HUB residents enjoy all the conveniences of a modern office in perfectly preserved modernist buildings.
The Institute for Integrated Transitions is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping fragile and conflict-affected states achieve more sustainable transitions out of war or authoritarianism. IFIT’s core work is to provide independent expert analysis and advice on integrated policy solutions for locally-led efforts to break cycles of conflict or repression. Through its global work, IFIT fosters the development of an institutional knowledge and body of practice that can help make possible the more evidence-based approaches at prioritisation and integration that global policymakers have long sought.
AKTEK helps both public and private organisations manage their operations in fragile environments with better information. Its technology engines help decisionmakers organise what they know, what their organisation knows and what the world at large knows about their operating context so they can make better decisions and succeed. AKTEK data scientists and software engineers focus on delivering solutions that preserve institutional memory, enhance information triangulation and facilitate time-sensitive responses to pressing problems. Whether via intelligent stakeholder mapping, deep public perception monitoring, or advanced risk/resilience modelling, AKTEK seeks to combat extremism, terrorism, piracy, epidemics, climate change and natural disasters.
The Better Sourcing Program provides a technology-based communications solution that helps its clients and development partners discover and leverage opportunities in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. They help their clients meet international responsible sourcing expectations and comply with conflict minerals regulations and they do this by delivering upstream supply chain due diligence through real time risk and impact assessment, monitoring, management and reporting.
Quo Artis is an international non-profit foundation that seeks to establish connections between art, science and technology through the collaborative work of professionals in these fields. We aim to add value to society and culture by encouraging the creation of interdisciplinary and innovative projects.
The BCN International Policy Sector Action Plan aims to transform Barcelona into a global centre of reference in international public policy. It is doing so by creating and marketing a strong series of incentives capable of attracting a critical mass of the world’s leading international public policy organisations, foundations, and think tanks to Barcelona. Action Plan incentives are being developed through a partnership between Barcelona’s public, private, and policy sectors with the support of Barcelona Global. The BCN Action Plan
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Secretariat is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
JustPeace Labs aims to empower local communities to be active participants in creating just peace and sustainable development through the use of technology. JustPeace Labs works with peacebuilders and development specialists to improve access to easy-to-use software; enhance capacity to build customised apps; and ensure an ethical and secure approach to using technology. Striving for long-term solutions to hard problems, JusPeace Labs’ approach aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Build Up is a social enterprise that works with civil society in different countries to design innovative practices that help them contribute to peace processes. The Build Up team has more than 10 years of experience in the field of development, peacebuilding, public policy, media and marketing. Likewise, Build Up combines solid practical knowledge in building peace and civic technologies with academic research. For this reason, Build Up is involved in the identification of standards and methods for the development and use of peacebuilding technologies, and its founders are some of the central voices that have defined the “peacetech” field.
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INCUBATOR PROJECTS RESIDENT INCUBATOR PROJECTS The Climate Infrastructure Partnership (CLIP) is a transformative community of practice that aims to accelerate the transition to sustainable infrastructure in urban and rural areas. Partnering with the public, private and voluntary sectors, we promote the enhancement of institutional capacities and investment frameworks, the replication of successful de-risking models, and the improvement of corporate responsibility in sustainable infrastructure. Publishing in English, Spanish and Portuguese, platform for Latin
is a global digital
American voices, debating democracy, mobilisation, participation, and
human and civil rights across the continent. Established in January 2015 as one of the ﬁve main sections of openDemocracy democraciaAbierta is currently implementing its second start-up phase which includes the deployment of projects, alliances and partnerships on the ground. democraciaAbierta is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project. The Higher Education Alliance for Refugees is a new organisation dedicated to policy research to promote education for those forced to ﬂee their homes by war, climate change and natural disasters. HEAR aims to harness expertise in universities around the world to create innovative approaches to education. Among the ﬁrst three projects HEAR working on are: portable qualiﬁcations, the future of Syrian education and vocational education. HEAR is being supported by BIPP HUB as an incubation project.
I applied to intern with the Higher Education Alliance for Refugees because, as the first generation in my family to go to college, I personally value higher education access and believe it is crucial to remove barriers preventing refugees from continuing their education. While conducting research on the challenges refugees face in the university admission process, I am surrounded by a community of international public policy practitioners of BIPP Hub who nurture an innovative and creative atmosphere. Nora Palandjian, 2017 Intern, HEAR
P R O F I L E S Inside the Sant Jordi pavilion
RESIDENT NEWS BETTER SOURCING Launch of 3T and Gold Project in DRC: Better Sourcing has been awarded a project funded by USAID to establish the first conflict-free supply chain of gold originating from artisanal mining operations in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Key anticipated outcomes are to restore the confidence of international buyers and investors in source minerals from the DRC, and favourably distinguish compliant operations. Revenues from artisanal mining are essential to local livelihoods. Better sourcing focuses on de-linking them from funding of local armed groups.
HIGHER EDUCATION ALLIANCE FOR REFUGEES The Higher Education Alliance for Refugees is a new organisation promoting the access to education for people forced to flee their homes. By bringing together the expertise of universities, civil organisations, refugees themselves and experts in education and research, it aims to develop impactful strategies and policies that resolve the barriers refugees face in accessing tertiary education. HEAR has an upcoming research paper on “Female Refugees in Germany” and has also released several ‘Calls for Action’.
months of hard work, HEAR has launched its official website and you can visit it at: hearalliance.org. You can contact HEAR if you are interested in supporting their work, writing for their Blog, or sharing progressive ideas on education, training and work for refugees. You can also follow HEAR on Twitter, and Linkedin for the latest updates and future projects.
INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATED TRANSITIONS The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) had a busy autumn, and continues to expand and evolve. Highlights of IFIT activities this Fall include: • A meeting of interdisciplinary group of Zimbabwean thought leaders (Johannesburg) • An IFIT/United Nations University (UNU) meeting on The Limits of Punishment: Legal security and violent extremism (Barcelona) • A workshop on the challenges of constitutional reform in Sri Lanka (Colombo) • Meetings of IFIT’s Venezuela Expert Group, Inclusive Transitions Practice Group (ITPG), Gambia Transition Brain Trust, and Law and Peace Practice Group (LPPPG). • A weeklong visit between Colombian and Northern Ireland leaders on peace building “lessons learned” (Belfast) • A workshop on negotiating with organised criminal groups (Barcelona) This Fall, IFIT also published an eight-country comparative study entitled Inclusive Social Contracts in Fragile States in Transition: Strengthening the Building Blocks of Success a policy briefing entitled Practical Tips on “Process Design” for Political and Peace Negotiations and launched a new promotional video on their website.
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RESIDENT NEWS QUO ARTIS FOUNDATION The Quo Artis Foundation is now a member of the Council of Foundations for Science, promoted by FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology), which aims to encourage the participation in science of private foundations according to international criteria. Quo Artis is very excited to work together with the FECYT team, promoting and bringing science and innovation closer to society. Quo Artis Foundation will also be a jury member in the IRB Barcelona Artistic Residency Program. The IRB Barcelona Art Residency Program aims to connect artists interested in interdisciplinary science with the wide range of research, scientific, data and infrastructure available at the Institute. As of last month, you can explore the new Quo Artis Foundation web page quoartis.com and learn more about its activities.
CLIMATE INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP VISITS DAVOS Davos 2018: Call it karma…or climate change! On 23-26 January, global leaders including Trump gathered in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the future of world economy. Once again climate change was at the heart of leaders’ conversations. A few days before the meeting, the World Economic Forum released its annual Global Risks report - with extreme weather events and climate change topping the list. Call it karma. The inception of the Forum was disrupted by the heaviest snowfall in the Davos meeting’s 48-year history. More than 2 meters of snow came in 48 hours, setting a record for that date that had stood since 1951. Half of the city of Davos faced a high risk of avalanches - halting road and rail traffic, and delaying the arrival of many delegates. My accommodation was inaccessible like many others. So I spent the first night on a couch at my colleagues’ place. Others slept in a pavilion set up by firemen. After a couple of days, the avalanche risk was solved as helicopters set off controlled explosions and the weather got better. This was yet another reminder that climate change has a tangible impact in our lives. It is time to step up climate action in 2018 - one of the leitmotiv spelled out in Davos this year. The world needs to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy, with substantial changes in production, consumption and mobility patterns. Infrastructure plays a crucial role in such a transformation. There is an urgent need to mobilise at least $6 trillion per year in sustainable infrastructure by 2030 in order to meet the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The money is out there: every year the world invests an average of $3.4 trillion in infrastructure (including high-carbon infrastructure). We need to redirect investments from high-carbon to low-carbon infrastructure in urban and rural areas, and scale it up.
Infrastructure investments in developing and emerging markets alone represent a multi trillion opportunity. When it comes to climate change and infrastructure, Argentinaâ€™s G20 Presidency has big opportunities ahead in 2018. In Davos, President Macri narrowed his goals for the G20 down to three: the future of work, sustainable food, and infrastructure for development. We need to mainstream sustainable infrastructure in the daily operations of government and business, and civil society organisations. This is not an easy task, but there is no alternative. There is no planet B.
BCN ACTION PLAN: IBEI /AJUNTAMENT WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS VISIT BIPP HUB Last November, BIPP HUB hosted 20 practitioners from across Latin America who were in Barcelona to participate in a 4-day workshop co-organised by IBEI and the Barcelona City Council. The workshop dealt with the international projection of cities, and their role in the international order, and followed a successful workshop previously organised in April 2016. Workshop participants were brought to BIPP HUB to learn more about how cities can use hubs to promote public policy and non-profit actors within an internationalisation strategy. They were given a presentation on the origins of BIPP HUB, the value it adds to Barcelona, insights into the logistics of starting up, and reflections on how a hub can be widely replicated.
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BIPP HUB EVENTS INAUGURATION OF BIPP HUBâ€™S SECOND PAVILION On December 13, BIPP HUB celebrated the opening of its Central Pavilion location within Sant Pau. The Central Pavilion, or Casa dâ€™Operacions, was constructed between 1902 and 1911, and fully restored in the early 2000s and BIPP HUBB is the first organisation to occupy the space since its restoration. The Pavilion combines modern office amenities within a beautiful and historical modernist building to create a unique work environment for residents. During the inauguration Mark Freeman, Executive Director of IFIT, led a panel discussion by several of the Directors of BIPP HUB resident organisations in which they explained their work, and why they had selected Barcelona as their preferred location for their organisation.
Mark Freeman (right) leads the resident panel discussion for the inauguration of the Central Pavilion
BIPP HUB also took the opportunity to premier its new promotional video to a diverse audience that included residents, representatives of international organisations, supporters of the BCN Action Plan, institutions based in Sant Pau, and government representatives.
BCN ACTION PLAN SPONSORS DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS MEETUP BIPP HUB and the BCN Action Plan hosted the December Meetup of the Barcelona International Development Professionals Network. The network is a space where those working in international development and living in Barcelona can commune, share and socialise. The Meetup, which attracted more than 80 registrants, was a great opportunity to showcase the BCN Action Plan as a shared tool for attracting more international organisations and professionals to Barcelona. The Meetup also showcased one of our residents, Benjamin Clair of Better Sourcing, who gave a presentation about his organisationâ€™s work and why they joined BIPP HUB.
Development Professionals Meetup hosted by BIPP HUB
BIPP HUB plans to host networking events sponsored by the BCN Action Plan in the future, so keep an eye out for them here.
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EDUCATION AND OUTREACH GLOBAL AFFAIRS SUMMER SCHOLARS PROGRAMME Last June, BIPP HUB and IBEI launched the Global Affairs Summer Scholars Programme (GASS) , an intensive, one-week pre-university programme in International Affairs for IB and Bachilleréate students taught in English. GASS is one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to gain first-hand exposure to International Affairs and its exciting sub-disciplines, while also getting a first taste of their future life as a university student. The course will be offered again from July 2-6, 2018.
During five intense days, we learned about Politics and Economics and its dynamics: we were taught terms such as International Relations, Democracy, Security or Development, which we all had used before without really understanding. We explored and looked from different perspectives at the current global issues such as Climate Change and Refugees, and we also discovered new topics like Transnational Justice and Peacebuilding. All of this was made possible by a great team of speakers who, throughout the sessions, gave us an insight of their field and passed on their passion. While we worked and prepared the presentation for our Case Study —about an imaginary African state, Burunda— we learned about time management, team work, to voice our own opinion and to be creative critical thinkers. I had a great time in the GASS Programme and by the fifth and last day, I found myself with more straightforward communication skills and a bit less fear to public speaking, surrounded by peers that questioned things that maybe I had not thought about, having had a glimpse of University life, and full of acquired concepts and terms that now help me understand not only an article on a newspaper, but the dynamic world we live in. Rita Costa, 2017 Participant, GASS Programme
BIPP HUB VIDEO BIPP HUB is proud to launch its ‘This is BIPP HUB’ video. The video was shot last autumn and was premiered during the Opening of the BIPP HUB Central Pavilion in December. The video features our residents: Directors, interns, researchers, consultants; all the people that call BIPP HUB home. Take a look at the video to hear their stories about why they chose BIPP HUB and why they chose Barcelona as a base for their organisation.
PROFILES Independent Professionals are a large and growing presence in the international public policy sector. These professionals travel the globe for their work and are often able to select the home base of their choice. More and more, they are choosing Barcelona as the city to call home. Thanks to our expansion in to the Central Pavilion, BIPP HUB has been very fortunate to be able to welcome a number of independent consultants as new residents, two of whom are profiled below.
MURRAY GRAY: SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT Murray works on facilitating change from the existing model of modern, unsustainable capitalism. He looks to facilitate positive change through the transformative power of business and enterprise, through the ecosystems of cities. He has three main areas of focus: 1) A systemic change to sustainable capitalism, and developing eco-systems that support this change, for purpose driven companies of all sizes to thrive 2) The transformation of enterprises towards a model of sustainable development through the evolution of new business models and innovations 3) Early stage enterprises building innovations tackling the biggest global challenges, particularly in relation to the United Nationâ€™s Sustainable Development Goals
A truly inspiring place to work. Operated both warmly and professionally, with a friendly, interesting, diverse set of people, all united by an interest in building a positive global future. Fantastic facilities and beautiful environment that provides a perfect platform for productive creative work. Murray Gray Sustainability Consultant
Central pavilionsâ€™ state of the art videoconference room
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PROFILES JAMES KHALIL: DESIGN, MONITORING & EVALUATION SPECIALIST James works as a consultant researcher and a design, monitoring and evaluation (DM&E) specialist on CVE, deradicalisation and other security related projects in locations such as Egypt, Kenya, Mali, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria. His expertise in political violence was gained as a coalition force analyst in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as a technical lead on various UK Ministry of Defence studies. His doctorate was obtained from the University of Leeds (UK), and it focused on the relationship between Maoist insurgents and the local population in remote parts of Nepal during the 1996-2006 conflict.
Kitchen in the central pavilion, a place to socialise and learn about other fellow residentsâ€™ projects
BIPP HUB provides a great opportunity to meet people from the development sector, and to learn from their experiences. Located at Sant Pau, it also places you in an amazing work environment. James Khalil Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
PRESS PRESS RELEASES Barcelona quiere ser capital de políticas internacionales. Dos abogadas impulsan BIPP Hub, un centro para atraer y crear nuevas organizaciones que trabajan en retos globales. La Vanguardia, 18 Feb 2017. Impulsan un proyecto para convertir Barcelona en referente de políticas públicas internacionales. La Fundación Bancaria La Caixa ha firmado un convenio con la asociación Barcelona Global para desarrollar un proyecto que tiene como objetivo transformar la capital catalana en un centro de referencia en políticas públicas internacionales […]. Europa Press, 21 Jun 2017. “Un país que logra la reconciliación es un país que evita la violencia política”, afirmó en España el Comisionado para la Paz. El funcionario habló con españoles y colombianos en Barcelona sobre los principales retos de la implementación, desde la perspectiva de la reconciliación. Sala de Prensa, Gobierno de Colombia, 10 Jul 2017. Espai innovador per fer front als reptes globals. La iniciativa promou una nova mirada sobre realitats com ara l’accés dels refugiats a la universitat i la relació entre el medi ambient i l’art. El Punt Avui, 30 Jul 2017. El potencial de Barcelona para ser un ‘hub’ en políticas públicas internacionales. Es imprescindible fomentar y crear incentivos para que tanto fundaciones, ‘think tanks’ y organizaciones internacionales puedan establecerse en la ciudad. La Vanguardia, 4 Sept 2017.
Sant Jordi pavilion
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SPACES AND SERVICES BECOMING A RESIDENT BIPP HUB offers prestigious workspace and professional services to individuals and organisations – from start-ups to established entities – working on global challenges. Our membership rates are very competitive and are intended to make our high quality spaces accessible to NGOs, and independent professionals. If you are interested in becoming a BIPP HUB resident, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us at email@example.com.
USING OUR SERVICES BIPP HUB’s services are available to the entire Barcelona community, including nonresidents. This includes use of our meeting spaces, event hosting, incubating NGO and social enterprise start-ups, consulting as well as landing and administrative services. Our rates are very competitive and are intended to ensure that our services are affordable to NGOs, and independent professionals. If you would like to learn more about how you or your organisation can benefit from BIPP HUB services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casa d’Operacions viewed from the Administration Pavilion
Produced by Hugo van Teslaar February 2018
© Jaume Font (p. 1-5) © Hugo van Teslaar (p. 6-13) © David Cardelús (p. 14,16)
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