About the Program

The Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues (GGF) program brings together exceptional young professionals to look ahead to the year 2035 and think of ways to better address global challenges.

At the heart of the GGF philosophy is our belief that the greatest asset of the program lies in the diversity of our fellows and the collective energy they develop when they discuss, debate and engage with each other during the dialogue sessions. This is why the fellows occupy the center stage, setting GGF apart from other programs for young professionals. The fellows play an active role in shaping the agenda of their respective working groups. The working process draws on the GGF method and brings together the unique strengths, experiences and perspectives of each fellow as they work toward a common goal. The GGF team at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) works closely with the fellows to help them achieve their goals and, in the process, cultivate a community that will last well beyond the duration of the program through a growing and active alumni community.

GGF 2035 will assemble 27 individuals from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, and the United States (three from each country). Over the course of 2020 and 2021, the fellows will participate in three dialogue sessions, which will take place in Washington, DC (May 4–8, 2020), São Paulo (January 17–22, 2021), and Berlin (April 18–21, 2021).

The GGF fellows will form three working groups, each one focusing on one of three key global issues. During the GGF 2035 round of the program, the fellows will focus on the futures of climate-related conflict, media and information, and of the politics of inequality. Using strategic foresight instruments, including scenario planning and risk assessment, the working groups will craft scenarios for their respective issue areas. Based on their findings, the fellows will produce a range of products – including presentations, essays, commentaries, podcasts, and interviews – that outline their scenarios for the coming decade and ways to address the underlying challenges.

GGF draws on a community of dedicated supporters. The program was initiated by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) along with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The program consortium is comprised of academic institutions, foundations and think tanks from across the nine participating countries. The core responsibility for the design and implementation of the program lies with the GGF program team, based at GPPi in Berlin.

In addition, GGF relies on advice and guidance from the GGF steering committee, which is composed of senior policymakers and academics.

The program is co-designed and generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

GGF 2030 Fellows Helidah 'Didi' Ogude (South Africa) and Cara Stauss (Germany)