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Bernhard Schlachter

Bernhard Schlachter is member of the Scientific Committee of the KIP International School. He is the Executive Officer of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), an Aid for Trade (AfT) partnership in action for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The EIF, financed through a multi-donor trust fund, is a global partnership involving donors and international organizations and LDCs, supporting them to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle obstacles to trade. In this way, the programme works towards a wider goal of promoting economic growth, sustainable development and helping lift more people out of poverty. Born in Waldshut, Germany, he is an economist from the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland. He joined the UN system in 1985 and coordinated at UNITAR a program on “Strategies for the Future of Latin America and the Caribbean”. He joined UNDP/UNOPS in 1989 and managed programmes in Bolivia and Paraguay. In 1992 he set up the first UNDP/UNOPS office outside of New York, in San Salvador, and co-managed and coordinated the PRODERE programme, with the participation of the Italian Government, ILO, UNDP, UNHCR, and WHO with a total budget of US$ 120 million in 6 countries, namely Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Between 1997 and 2004 he was managing and coordinating in various capacities at UNOPS the implementation of territorial development programmes. The overall portfolio consisted of area-based integrated Human Development Projects, which operated in post-conflict countries in Southern Africa, the Maghreb, the Balkans Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. In the framework of these programmes, the concept of decentralized cooperation has been incorporated to promote the participation of local authorities, the private sector and the academia in development processes in both donor and recipient countries. Between 2004 and 2006 he managed as Regional Director the UNOPS Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and between 2007 and 2010 the UNOPS Switzerland Operations Center.

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