March 19, 2018: IDDRI and AFD host conference "Earth at Risk - the Quest for Sustainability"

French think tank IDDRI, in partnership with the French Development Agency AFD, hosts  a conference in which Laurence Tubiana (economist and diplomat) and Claude Henry (physicist and economist) will present the main conclusions of their latest book: "Earth at Risk - Natural Capital and the Quest for Sustainability". The book looks at the main events in the field of biodiversity, freshwater and fertile soil resources, energy sources, and climate change, which will be discussed during the presentation. The conference will be moderated by Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist of AFD.

Location: Paris, France

Registration - IDDRI


March 19, 2018: IDDRI hosts launch party of the white paper "Digital and Environment"

French think tank IDDRI  and partners host a launch party of the white paper "Digital and Environment", where the paper will be presented and debated with Brune Poirson (Secretary of State to the  Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition) and Mounir Mahjoubi (Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, in charge of Digital technologies). The conversation will revolve around the 26 concrete proposals regarding the topics: 1) reducing the ecological footprint of digital technologies; 2) Using digital technology to better design green policies; 3) Orienting innovation towards the search for greater impact; and 4) Mobilizing the potential of data for ecological transition. The event offers free entrance but requires registration.

Location: Paris, France

Registration - Fing website 


March 20, 2018: Seminar on impact of development assistance on Australian exports

The Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University will host an event to discuss a study exploring the relationship between official development assistance (ODA) and Australian exports to 17 Asian countries. The study suggests that Australian ODA is positively associated with exports to these countries with an apparent benefit of A$7.10 (US$5.30) for every dollar of development assistance Australia spends.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Event website – Crawford School of Public Policy


May 21-25, 2018: AfDB holds annual meeting on accelerating Africa’s industrialization

The African Development Bank is hosting its annual meeting in Korea, co-hosted by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance. This year's conference is themed “accelerating Africa’s industrialization”, with the slogan “Awesome Africa, Blossom with Korea”. The event aims at bringing together heads of African states and delegations from 80 member countries, international organizations, private-sector actors, and financial institutions, among others.

Location: Busan, Korea

Event website – AfDB

South Korea

March 21, 2018: Former Liberian President Sirleaf to speak at CGD

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will sit down with the Center for Global Development's Board member Tony Fratto for a conversation about her time as president, including reflections on lessons learned from relationships with Liberia's development partners.  The event will take place at CGD from 3-4:30 pm and will also be live-streamed.  

Location:  Washington, DC, US

Event website - CGD

United States

March 22, 2018: Norad presents Country Evaluation Brief on Tanzania (‘From preferred ODA recipient, to sustainable state’)

Tanzania has for many years been a Norwegian ODA recipient. This has led to improvements specifically within education and infrastructure, as well as governance, argues the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), which is hosting a seminar and debate on lessons learned. Those lessons were gathered in the report ‘From preferred ODA recipient, to sustainable state’.

Speakers include:
Reza Lahidji, Particip/Menon, author of the report
Jon Lomøy, Director Norad and previous ambassador to Tanzania
Ingunn Klepsvik, Deputy director Norad

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - Norad (in Norwegian)


March 22-23, 2018: French NGO organizes gathering ‘Making 2030 Together’

The French NGO Fonda hosts a workshop called ‘Making 2030 Together’, the fifth in a series. The aim is to bring together members and leaders of development associations as well as sociologists, journalists, entrepreneurs, activists, and concerned citizens, to work together on the challenges that arise as societies strive to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

Location: Paris, France

Event website – Fonda


March 22, 2018: Action Canada and CARE Canada to host panel on empowering women in emergencies

Action Canada and CARE Canada have organized activists, parliamentarians, and humanitarian actors to discuss best practices and remaining gaps for upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health information and services in humanitarian settings.  Highlighted by a keynote speech from the Minister of International Development and la Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, the discussion will focus on how sexual and reproductive healthcare in emergencies saves lives.

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Event website - Action Canada

Canada Global health

March 23, 2018: Sorbonne University hosts conference on the digital transition and development

The Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies of the Université Paris 1 (Pantheon Sorbonne) hosts a conference entitled "The digital transition is not just about buying online, it's also about development". This open conference is part of a cycle offered by the Master in Development Studies of the University, and will revolve around a presentation by David Kibler, Special Advisor to the General Director of Globalization, Culture, Education and Partnerships of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To register please send an email to . 

Location: Paris, France

Information - Université Pantheon Sorbonne


March 27, 2018: French Ecology Ministry hosts workshop on SDGs

The French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition hosts a full day workshop dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The morning session will look at the report on the current state of affairs, which France will present in July of this year during the High Level Policy Forum on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 17.  The afternoon session will be a collaborative process of construction of the French "Roadmap to 2030".

Location: Paris, France

Registration - French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition