ACCOMPLISHED PROJECTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
In this section accomplished projects and acknowledgements are presented in the following order; managed and facilitated conferences and events, international projects, follow-up and evaluations projects, participation in international conferences and exchanges, educational work at universities/higher education institutions, educational work at Sida Civil Society Center and Sida Partnership Forum, educational work for organisations and in schools, publications, writing of applications, journalistic work for peace, human rights and sustainability, leadership and management.
Managed and facilitated conferences as well as responsibility for sessions in conferences organized by others:
Conference for Transition – Dialogue on Post-growth Futures (2019). September 21st-22nd 2019 seven organisations co-created a conference on post-growth futures with 180 participants from the whole of Sweden attending the conference in The City of Umeå. Those organisations were The Transition Network Sweden, Expression Umeå, Study Promotion Association, Swedish Church, Rural Sweden, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Umeå University and Another Development Foundation.
The conference explored possible futures beyond growth measured by Gross National Product (GNP) which has become the dominant mode of measuring development. The conference is grounded on a citique of this way of thinking and acting for development as well as search for a regenerative development including justice, wellbeing and co-existence with nature and the non-human world.
I was the moderator for the first panel with Pella Thiel, chair of The Transition Network, Sweden and Karin Bodin, CEO of Polarbröd. I was also responsible for a workshop on nonviolence and civil resistance as prerequisite for sustainable transition together with Frida Heilert representing Extinction Rebellion.
Presentation of Not Our Story – Change it! at Dignity (2018), Swedish Annual Forum for Human Rights (2018) and Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (2019). Since ADEP Ltd was approved funding from Swedish Institute June 2017 working with partners in eight countries (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Sweden) against gender-based violence and for freedom from violence through creative media in the framework of Creative Force Program, ADEP has presented this collaboration at several international events organized by a number of national and international organisations (for example UNIZON, Center for Responsed-based Practice, Canada, The Canadian Embassy in Sweden, The Government of Tunisia, The Government of Sweden, UNDP and UN Women). The name of the international campaign is Not Our Story – Change it! A key-partner in this collaboration is Another Development Foundation.
Whole Earth? Day in Umeå, Sweden, September (2015). Project manager for an international event organized by Umeå University, Association of International Affairs at Umeå University and Hard Rain Project in collaboration with The City of Umeå, Region Västerbotten, Västerbottens week for sustainability (SEE), The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The event was held at Aula Nordica, Umeå University, September 18th gathering 300 people. For more information on Whole Earth? Project, see:
The Swedish Forum for Human Rights, Umeå, Sweden (2014). Initiator and project manager for the event ”Raising Voices for Rights” – one of the biggest events for human rights in Europe with 120 seminars, 60 mini-seminars, fairs for organizations and more than 3000 participants. The forum is a collaboration between approximately 80-100 organizations from civil society, public authorities and academia. The event was held in Umeå Folkets Hus, November 16-18th, For more information, see:
Hard Rain/Whole Earth?, Umeå, Sweden (2012). Project manager for an international event on global sustainability organized by Umeå University, The City of Umeå, Region Västerbotten, Västerbottens week for sustainability (SEE), The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The event was held at Aula Nordica, Umeå University, September 18th, 2012 gathering 600 people.
Green Solutions Week in Machakos, Kenya (2011). Project manager together with Nicholas Nzioka from The Municipality of Machakos for an international Conference on sustainable local and regional development. All local authorities in Kenya were invited together with guests and experts from other parts of the world. Organizers were The Machakos City Council, The Municipality of Robertsfors, Association for Local Governments in Kenya (ALGAK) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The conference was held at Garden Hotel in Machakos City, April 17-20th gathering 500 people.
Commitment on Climate Justice at Sida (2009). Project manager together with Dag Jonzon from Sida for an international conference on climate justice for civil society organizations as well as other organizations. The conference was held at Sida Partnership Forum, May 25-28th gathering more than 200 people.
Religion and Development at Sida (2009). Analyst and writer at an international seminar organized by Swedish Curch, Swedish Mission Council, Diakonia and Swedish Pentacostal Churces. The assignment was done in collaboration with Fryklunds Communication. The seminar was held at Sida Partnership Forum April 26-28th gathering 60 people.
Civil Society on Climate Change and Justice at Sida (2008). Analysis and journalism together with Citizen Media and Global Reporting during an international conference on climate and development for civil society organizations as well as invited experts. The Conference was held at Sida Civil Society Center in Härnösand, August 25-27th gathering 130 people.
The Role of Civil Society on Peacebuilding and Conflict Managment at Sida (2003). Project manager for an international conference for civil society organizations in the context of my work as a program officer for humanitarian assistance and conflict management. The conference was held at Sida Civil Society Center in Härnösand, May 2015 gathering 125 people.
The First International Eco-municipality Conference in Helsingborg (2008). Planner for and facilitator at an international conference for municipalities and cities. Organziers were The Swedish Association for Eco-municipalities, The Natural Step and Sustainable Sweden Association. The conference was held in The City of Helsingborg, June 2008 gathering 100 participants.
Sustainable Municipalities in the North in Umeå (2008). Facilitator in workshops at conference for municipalities in the northern part of Sweden. Organizers were the companies Esam AB, Sustainum and the foundation The Natural Step. The conference was held in Umeå 2008 gathering 50 people.
Co-operation between Kenya and Sweden for Sustainable Development in Kenya (2007). Facilitator at a conference for Swedish and Kenyan municipalities with invitation to the minister for local authorities, member of the national assembly in Kenya, UN-bodies, NGOs and people from informal settlements in Nairobi who also participated at the conference. The conference was held at Masai Lodge outside Nairobi autumn 2007 gathering 70 people.
Green Solutions at Sida (2009). Planner for and analyst in a national multi-actor seminar on sustainable solutions. The seminar was held att Sida Partnership Forum autumn 2009 gathering 25 participants.
Public seminars organized by civil society and universities (1985-2002). Planner and coordinator of public seminars on various themes as a member of and employed by Swedish Peace and Arbitration Socieyt and Umeå University with international organizations and experts invited.
Project manager for an international project including partners from eight countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zambia and Sweden) working through media against gender based violence and for freedom from violence as a human right. The project is funded by Swedish Institute in the framwork of the programme Creative Force. The collaboration started with an inceptionphase 2017 moving to a project starting 2018 and ending 2019.
Project manager for a collaboration between WANA Institute, Jordan and Another Development Foundation. The project is funded by Swedish Institute with activities during 2018 and 2019 in two separate phases; seedfunding phase and project phase. The project support youth in Jordan who will work on SDG 5, 11 and 16 through film and photo.
Project coordinator and manager for collaboration between Robertsfors Municipality, Machakos Municipality and Machakos County Government, Kenya 2007-2015 with ambition to proceed 2016-2018. Finalized projects are: a) Developing strategic plans for sustainable local development, b) Developing resource and information centres for local sustainable development and c) Youth for democracy and human rights. The partnership has been funded by ICLD. A new project on gender equality has been developed during a phase called development/broadening in line with the guidelines from ICLD. This application was approved December 2017. The project will run 2018-2020.
Project manager for collaboration between Robertsfors Municipality and Busia Municipality, Uganda 2014-2018. The project has the aim of establishing help-desks for sustainable livelihoods in both municipalities. The partnership is funded by ICLD.
Advisor and facilitator in a collaboration between The City of Umeå and Kajiado County Government, Kenya 2014-2019. The inceptionphase is finalized and applications for a partnership was approved December 2016 by the funder. The aim of the project is to build capacity for effective, transparent and accountable waste- and water management. The partnership is funded by ICLD.
Project manager, advisor and facilitator in a collaboration between Region Västerbotten and Elgeyo Marakwet County Government, Kenya 2016-2018. The inceptionphase is finalized and application for a partnership has been aproved. The aim of the project is to build capacity in both organizations for sustainable tourism. The partnership is funded by ICLD.
Advisor and facilitator in a dialogue between The County Council of Västerbotten, The Center for Rural Medicine and Homa Bay County Government, Kenya during 2015. The dialogue resulted in an application to ICLD March 2017 for a partnership on rural medicine with focus on telemedicine. The application for an inceptionphase was approved December 2017. This phase was finalized 2018 with an application for 3-year project with a focus on governance for equitable health. The application was approved December 2018. The project will run from 2019-2021 with me as a the project manager.
Advisor and educator in a partnership between The City of Umeå and Cao Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam who are working within the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with stakeholders in the formal educational system. The role has been writing the applications to Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy on two occassion – when the collaboration started and 2018 when the partners wanted to continue their partnershp. The role has also been the one of an educator on the international dialogue on sustainable development and on ESD.
Advisor and member of steering group in a collaboration between The County Council of Västerbotten and The City of Yogjakarta, Indonesia 2013-2016. The partnership work with capacity development and communication for dengue prevention. The partnership is funded by ICLD.
Advisor and resource person together with the environmental journalist Dag Jonzon to Hard Rain Project 2010-2019 – a communication and advocacy project based on world famous exhibitions produced by the photographer Mark Edwards with support from Bob Dylan and Lloyd Timberlake. The exhibition has been displayed all over the world for more than 15 million people. Besides of being project manager for events at Umeå University in collaboration with other organizations, I have also helped finding sites for the exhibitions in Kenya, Uganda and Indonesia.
Project manager for exchange between Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Umeå University and Henry Martin Institute in Hyderbad, India 2001 on conflict management and peace building. The partnership was funded by Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences and Sida.
Follow-up and evaluation of international projects:
As a program officer for humanitarian assistance and conflict management at Sida Civil Society Centre follow-up and evaluation of projects were conducted in Somalia (2002) and Zambia (2003). Within the areas of duties I was a member of a special group working with follow-up and evaluation of programs and projects. I have also evaluated development projects in The County of Västerbotten funded by The European Union (2005-2007) as well as other projects on racism, xenophobia, integration and migration assigned by The City of Umeå (2012 and 2016-2018) The Swedish Government (1993-1994) and The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten (2013-2014).
Participation in international conference and exchanges:
Participation in and members of international seminars, conferences and exchanges through Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, Umeå University and Sida, ADEP Ltd and Another Development Foundation in Norway (1993), Hungary (1993), Sweden (1994-2018), UK (1985 and 1994), Russia (1994-1995), France (1996), Netherlands (1996), and US (1995-1996, 1999-2000, 2002-2004), New Zeeland (2017). In some of these conferences and exchanges I have presented academic papers which later on have been published. I have also participated at numerous events and conferences in Sweden on global challenges of different kind.
Educational work at Umeå University, Swedish University of Agriculture Scences, Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education, Malmö University and Uppsala University (1991-2019):
During these period I have educated and tutored students at 5 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and 11 departements in broad variation of subjects, courses and programmes; courses on all levels on graduate- and masterlevel in Peace- and Conflict Studies and at an International Programme for Crisis- and Conflict Management, lectures in Development Studies, Minor Field Studies, Humanecology, Environmental History, Global Challenges, Peoples of the Baltic, Culture and Identity, International Trends in Formal Education, Environment and Society, Globalization and Global Health, Postcolonialism, The Culture of Power and Resistance, Migrationprocesses, Dynamics in Tropical Land Use and Global Perspectives on Social Change and Digital Media.
My ”home departements” have been Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences and Department of Political Science at Umeå University (1992-2002, 2008-2019), even if I also had some long-term collaboration with other universities.
Educational work at Sida Civil Society Center och Sida Partnership Forum (2002-2004, 2008-2009, 2013-2015):
As the programme officer for humanitarian assistance and conflict managment I have planned, educated and evaluated educations and trainings for various target-groups working with international development cooperation. This educational work has continued when I registred my company in courses for Minor Field Students, Practioners, Junior Programme Officers (JPO) and Special Assistant to Regional Coordinators (SARC), i.e. young employees in UN-organizations.
Educational work for organisations and in schools (1985-):
As a member of and employee for Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society I lectured on various themes (armaments, disarmaments, arms trade, peacebuilding, non-violence etc) in a multitude of upper secondary schools in The City of Luleå and in some schools in The City of Umeå between 1985-1990. After that period I have continued to doing lectures and meet teachers and pupils in schools as well as participants in events organized by for example NGOs, political parties and churces.
Rönnbäck, I (1993). Fredsundervisning. Pedagogiska rapporter. Nr 41. Pedagogiska institutionen, s 122.
Rönnbäck, I (1993). Peace education – A problematic task in a violent world. Paper presented at IPRA (International Peace Research Association) conference in Budapest, s 35.
Rönnbäck, I (1994). Fredsundervisning – En problematisk uppgift. Lärarutbildning och forskning i Umeå. Nr 1/94, s 17.
Rönnbäck, I (1994). Rasismens ideologi, struktur och pedagogik. Paper presented vid MERGE (Centre for studies on migration, ethnic relations and globalisation) conferense i Umeå, s 40.
Rönnbäck, I (1995). Insatser mot rasism och främlingsfientlighet. Arbetsrapport 109. Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, s 174. Rapporten är en utvärdering av en särskild resurssatsning mot rasism och främlingsfientlighet som Sveriges regering initierade i början på 1990-talet.
Rönnbäck, I (1995). Skolan som samhällets problemlösare. Invandrare och minoriteter. Nr 4/95, s 6.
Rönnbäck I (1995). Internationalisering, etik, miljö och historia. Utredning på uppdrag av Skolverket, s 30.
Rönnbäck, I (1996). Projekt för ungdomar på flykt. Utvärdering på uppdrag av Rädda Barnen, s 26.
Rönnbäck, I (1997). Evaluation and responsibility. Paper presented in Madison, s 16.
Rönnbäck, I i Lundahl, L & Popkewitz, T (eds) (1999). Education, research and society. Article: Science and evaluation – Critical research or instrument for destructiveness? Umeå University, s 16.
Rönnbäck, I i Friman, E et al (1999). Med tanke på framtiden. En humanekologisk antologi. Artikel: Säkerhet sett ur ett humanekologiskt perspektiv. Skrifter – nr 6. Forum för tvärvetenskap, Umeå universitet, s 26.
Rönnbäck, I i Friman E & Öckerman, A (red) (2003). Samhälleliga och kulturella perspektiv på miljökrisen. Artikel: Den globala säkerhetskrisen. Krig, fred och miljö. Studentlitteratur, s 20.
Rönnbäck, I (2006). Utvärdering av Hållbara Robertsfors. Lärdomar från ett projekt för hållbar lokal utveckling. Uppdrag av Robertsfors kommun, s 136.
Rönnbäck, I & Lahti, T (2006). Hållbara Bygder. En framtidsanalys. Uppdrag av Folkrörelserådet, s 22.
Rönnbäck, I (2006). Forum för hållbar utveckling. En utvärdering av ett regionalt stödprojekt för hållbar utveckling. Uppdrag av kommunförbundet i Västerbotten, s 32.
Rönnbäck, I, Fältskog, J, Lahti, T (2006-2007). Förstudie för regional arena som stödjer hållbar utveckling, och med lokal, regional, nationell och internationell verksamhet. Studien finansierades genom EU-medel, av regionala aktörer och UD. Uppdrag av kommunförbundet i Västerbotten.
Rönnbäck, I (2006). Utvärdering av ULF-projektet. Uppdrag av Hushållningssällskapet i Västerbottens län, s 51.
Rönnbäck, I (2009). Religion and development – a challenging opportunity. Texten är en reflektion kring diskussionen vid ett internationellt seminarium arrangerat av trosbaserade organsiationer verksamma inom det internationella utvecklingssamarbetet. Publikationen har fått benämningen ”The role of religion in development cooperation”.
Rönnbäck, I, Lund, S, Enetjärn, A (2010). Rennäringsutredning med inslag av socialkonsekvensbedömning. Bräntet vid Solberg. Planerad vindkraft i Örnsköldsviks kommun, Västernorrlands län. Enetjärn Natur AB.
Rönnbäck, I (2011). A Dialouge Document from the Conference Green Solutions Week in Machakos 17-20 April, 2011. Sida Partnership Forum. 2011:04. I detta dokument var jag redaktör och skribent tillsammans med David Ndii – Foresight Economics, Priyanka Dale – Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), Jacqueline Senyagwa – Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), Karin Nyquist – Karin Nyquist Arkitetkontor AB, Maina Daniel – Wes & Abbot Consultants och Stanley Nyoni – The Natural Step.
Rönnbäck, I och Kalla, B (2011). Lärande för hållbar utveckling. Innovativt nordiskt utbyte. Förstudie och diskussionsunderlag för eventuellt etablerande av ett sk Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) i norra Sverige inom arbetsområdet lärande för hållbar utveckling. Förstudien finansierades av Nordiska ministerrådet, och ägts av Umeå kommun. Förstudien har resulterat i att Region Västerbotten, Umeå kommun och Umeå universitet, i samverkan med andra regionala aktörer ansöker till UN University i Yokohama om etablering av ett RCE.
Rönnbäck, I (2012). RCE North Sweden Application to UNU-IAS in Yokohama, Japan. Ansökan för etablering av RCE i norra Sverige. Ansökan skrevs på uppdrag av Umeå kommun, Region Västerbotten och Umeå universitet.
Rönnbäck, I, Edlund, C, Heldius, B och Strandberg, M (2013). Utvärdering av projektet Gender Innovation Vision and Empowerment (GIVE). Projektet var ett arbetsmarknads- och jämställdhetsprojekt riktat till somaliska kvinnor i Sverige, med flera ansvariga organisationer; VIVA kompetenscentrum i Umeå, Samordningsförbundet Umeå, Arbetsförmedlingen, Socialtjänsten i Umeå kommun och Länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten.
Rönnbäck (2014). Utvärdering av projektet Kvotflykting i Västerbotten. Projektet samordnas och leds av Länsstyrelsen Västerbotten med fyra kommuner samverkande; Lycksele, Norsjö, Skellefteå och Vilhelmina.
Lindberg, M. & Rönnbäck, I. (2017). Kartläggning av Norrbottens civilsamhälle. Luleå: Social Ekonomi Övre Norrland (SEÖN).
Rönnbäck, I (2017). Beyond Marginalization of Pacifism and Nonviolence. Paper presented at the conference ”Rethinking Pacifism for Revolution, Security and Politics” at Otago University, Dunedin New Zeeland. The conference was organized by The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Rönnbäck, I (2018). Searching for Another Development through Nonviolence and Communication. Essay presented at the Development Research Conference (DEVRES 2018) titled ”Rethinking Development”. The conference was organized by the School of Global Studies (SGS) and the Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg in co-operation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Research Council (VR), and the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development (GCGD) at the University of Gothenburg.
Rönnbäck, I (2019). Strategiutredning för fred och rättvisa baserat på ickevåld. Utredning för strategiutveckling inom Kristna fredsrörelsen och Another Development Foundation vilka beställt utredningen.
Applications for projects (2007-):
At several occasions I have written applications as assignments from most of all local and regional authorities in Sweden for international projects. In almost all of these cases the applications have been approved.
Journalistic work for peace, human rights and sustainability (1985-2012):
During these period I have written articles and texts for the purpos of outreach and advocacy in various magazines and newspapers; Aftonbladet, Norrbottens Kuriren, Norrländska Socialdemokraten, Västerbottens Kuriren, Invandrare och Minoriteter as well as in tabloids, newsletters and reports from different events and projects. I have also written some of the texts to the exhibition Hard Rain/Whole Earth.
Leadership and management:
Member of the board for Umeå Centre for Tropical Research and Education (UCTREE), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2006-2009)
Member of the board for Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Umeå University (1992-2002)
Member of the board for Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (1994-1999)
Chairman of the board for Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society in The City of Luleå (1986-1988)
Chairman of the board for Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society in The City of Umeå (1989-1992)
Chairman of the board for Umeå Carpool (1998-2009)
Member of the board for Västerbottens Initiative (2006-2007)
Project coordinator and project manager for partnership between Robertsfors Municipality, Machakos Municipality and Machakos County Government, Kenya funded by ICLD (2007-2015)
Member of steering group for partnership between The County Council in Västerbotten and The City of Yogjakarta, Indonesia funded by ICLD (2013-2016)
Project manager for partnership between Robertsfors Municpality and Busia Municipality, Uganda funded by ICLD (2015-2018)
Project manager for inceptionphase investigating areas of cooperation between Region Västerbotten and Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya (2015)
Project manager for partnership between Center for Rural Medicine, Region Västerbotten and Homa Bay County Government, Kenya funded by ICLD (2019-2021)
Project manager for “The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding and Conflict Management”, international conference at Sida Civil Society Center (2003)
Project manager for ”Commitment on Climate Justice”, international conference at Sida Partnership Forum (2009)
Project manager for ”Green Solutions Week”, international conference in Machakos, Kenya (2011)
Project manager for Hard Rain/Whole Earth?, international conference at Umeå University (2012)
Project manager for The Swedish Annual Forum for Human Rights (MR-dagarna) in Umeå (2014).
Project manager for Whole Earth? Day, international event at Umeå University (2015)
Founder of and CEO for ADEP – Another Development Perspective AB, registered 2008
Founder of and chair of Another Development Foundation, registered 2016
Awarded a special price by Umeå Student Union 2001 for achievements as a teacher after nomination by students at Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences where I educated in above all Peace- and Conflict Studies but also in several other subjects and courses during 1992-2002.
Nominated to the same price as described above 2011, 2012 and 2013 by students from The International Program for Crisis- and Conflict Management and the subject Peace- and Conflict Studies governed by Department of Political Science, Umeå University.
Documented pedagogical skills from education at 10 departments at 5 higher education institutions, Sida Civil Society Center and Sida Partnership Forum.
Awarded a price as the entrepreneur of the year 2010 at The Umeå Gala in competition with 300 newly established companies, 2 years after ADEP – Another Development Perspective AB was registered.