The aim of this evaluation of the activities fostering the Geneva Initiative was to document the work that has been done by Israeli, Palestinian and other parties in the context of the Geneva Initiative and to re-examine the Swiss financial and non-financial support of it. The report is being made available with the permission of the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Saner, R. & Yiu, L. 2002. External stakeholder impacts on official and non-official third-party interventions to resolve malignant conflicts: The case of a failed intervention in Cyprus. International Negotiations, 6(3).



Saner, R ; 2009. « Cyprus conflict and Social Capital Theory : a new perspective on an old conflict », in Cox, M, (ed.); “Social Capital and Peace Building: Creating and resolving conflict with trust and social networks, Routledge, London. pp. 139-152.


The objective of this paper was to analyze the emerging scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the successor development instrument to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) which are scheduled to end by 2015. The top priorities of the stakeholders involved in the processes include poverty eradication, water sanitation, energy, economic growth, green growth, governance, and employment. Current trends appear to favour a progression of the shaping and negotiation process which goes beyond the established MDG goals.

Raymond Saner & Emanuele Sapienza

Abstract: In 2002, the International Labour Organization (ILO) decided to start an initiative aimed at increasing the Decent Work content of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) originally developed by the World Bank and the IMF. As the ILO Governing Body concluded its consideration of work in this area (March 2008), the present paper reviews the ILO experience from a partnership-building and development diplomacy point of view. The paper argues that, while significant progress has been achieved, there is a need to take the process one step forward in order to trigger a significant reframing of the PRSP debate and a shifting of its boundaries. This step will involve a partial repositioning of the ILO’s partnership building within the PRSP process and an effort to move beyond the traditional tripartite constituency of the ILO and build more systematic alliances with other segments of the national civil society as well as global poverty reduction advocacy groups.

Saner, Raymond & Yiu, Lichia: (2011) Sustainable transborder business cooperation in the European regions: the importance of social entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar Publ., Cheltenham, UK • Northampton, MA, USA