After welcoming our guests from Switzerland, Moldova, Ukraine, Rwanda and other countries, Jürg Christen, Managing Director of Skat, thanked the partners, friends and clients in the audience for contributing and shaping Skat as we know it today – a well-known independent consulting company with a high level of professional expertise and social competence, appreciated and valued internationally.
“After 40 years, we are convinced that our work is more important than ever, in a world where millions of people still live in poverty and have no access to reliable services such as safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, where climate change is severely affecting our environment, our health and the lives of future generations and where migration is causing tremendous sorrow and misery for countless people around the globe.
In view of this, it is difficult to accept that our government rather decreases than increases its support to development cooperation. In my opinion we, – the winners of globalisation – could do slightly more in this respect.” Jürg Christen stated.
Karl Wehrle, former Managing Director of Skat Foundation, gave a brief overview of Skat’s history after which a video portrait of Skat was screened. The video provided an insight into the companies’ areas of expertise and the people behind it.
Migration and development cooperation
Following the welcoming, Andreas Schild, former Director General of ICIMOD in Nepal (2007-2012), gave thought-provoking insights in his keynote speech into the challenges the world is facing with regard to migration, and the relationship between migration and development cooperation (visit his blog). He asked how development cooperation aims to meet the challenges associated with migration, and emphasized the need for development cooperation to be embedded in a package of strategies and policies including economic policies, access to scarce resources and global governance to address this pressing issue. He also pointed out that development cooperation has the power to positively influence migration through the identification and resolution of issues based on a common understanding. The creation of linkages between the private sector, research and government can create a foundation for finding new solutions to current challenges.
Andreas Schild added that he sees Skat as a company which has been able to remain relevant as it continuously adapts to challenges, builds trust, and works closely with people – attributes which are needed today to understand complex contexts and build solutions together.
In concluding the inspiring keynote speech, which was very well received by the audience, panellists were invited to join the panel discussion.