Top five upcoming international development events

Keen to refresh your knowledge of African and international development issues and network? In no particular order, here are five upcoming events that will help you do just that!

1) Measuring the hard to measure in development

Date: 16th January 2018

Time: 16:00 – 17:30

Location: Overseas Development Institute and streamed online
203 Blackfriars Road


Simon Hearn @simonhearn – Research Associate, Research and Policy in Development, ODI, and Coordinator, Outcome Mapping Learning Community


Samuel Addai-Boateng @careintuk  – Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, CARE International in Ghana

Kate Dyer – Independent consultant and former team leader, Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) Programme

Tiina Pasanen – Research Fellow, Research and Policy in Development, ODI


Catherine Harbour @CIFFchild – Manager, Evidence, Measurement, and Evaluation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Cost: Free

Registration: Register here to attend

Measuring the effectiveness of development and humanitarian programmes remains a huge challenge. Interventions often try to tackle long-lasting economic and social problems in uncertain conditions. What’s more, many initiatives involve a range of stakeholders with different and competing interests.

In partnership with CARE International, the Overseas Development’s expert panel will lead an interactive session on ‘how to measure the hard to measure’ in development. The event explores and compares learning from three projects tackling these challenges, based on four dimensions of ‘hard to measure’ aspects of development interventions, and will be followed by a networking reception.

2) Keynote speech from Rory Stewart, OBE, MP on ‘Global Britain’

Date: Tuesday 16 January 2018

Time: 10:00- 11:00 am

Location: The Shaw Library, Old Basement, Houghton St, London, WC2A 2AE

Registration: Register here to attend

Chair: TBC

Rory Stewart is joint Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as Minister of State for International Development. He is former Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. Rory is a former diplomat and was a senior coalition official in Iraq in 2003-2004 and is the author of The Places in Between and The Prince of the Marshes. This will be a valuable opportunity to hear more about DFID’s priorities in 2018.

3) Africa in 2018: Prospects & Forecasts

Date: Monday 22 January 2018

Time: 18:30 – 20:00

Location: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square

London, WC1H 0XG

Speakers: Sethembile Msezane (artist, South Africa), Nanjala Nyabola (writer and independent political analyst, Kenya). More speakers will be announced soon.

Cost: £6 / £10 / Free for RAS members

Registration: Register here to attend

2017 saw significant political, cultural and social change in Africa. Countries such as Gambia and Zimbabwe experienced historic changes in leadership. In 2018, the African continent is likely to see further change. Economic growth is expected to reach 3.5% and plans to foster greater intra-African trade will continue apace. At the same time, Africa’s young population will continue to assert itself politically, economically and culturally.

In partnership with the British Council, the Royal African Society will discuss and debate what 2018 holds for the continent. A great chance to learn more about Africa’s exciting political, economic and cultural landscape!

4) African Healthcare Hackathon

Date: Friday 23 February- Sunday 25 February 2018

Time: 17:00 –18:00

Registration: Register here to attend

Cost: Free

Location: Entrepreneur First, Tower Bridge Business Complex, Clements Rd, London, SE16 4DG

A high-octane weekend event, the African Healthcare Hackathon challenges participants to form teams to brainstorm and develop solutions to the problems of real-life organisations and initiatives doing business in Africa. At the end of the weekend, the team that presents a solution that best meets the needs of the healthcare company wins the competition. A fantastic chance to meet new people and learn more about thorny development issues!

5) Bond Annual Conference

Date: Monday 26 and 27 February 2018


Registration: Register here to attend

Cost: £195-615

Location: QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

Confirmed keynote speakers: The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development, Memory Banda, Girls’ Rights Advocate. More to be announced shortly

Interested in attending one of the biggest international development conferences? The Bond Annual Conference will see over 1,000 development and humanitarian professionals to gain insight into the big issues and emerging trends in their domains. Attendees will also get fresh insights from experts, share with peers, and network. The first day will include the Bond International Development Awards, which celebrate the sector’s inspiring people and achievements.




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