January 22, 2018: EU foreign affairs ministers to discuss partnership with African, Caribbean, and Pacific states

Foreign affairs ministers from EU member states will meet in EU Council formation on January 22, 2018 to discuss the future of the EU partnership with African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) states, among other topics.

Public participation is not possible, but meeting documents are available for public review online.

Event website – EU


January 22-24, 2018: Busan Democracy Forum takes place in Busan, South Korea

The theme of the 2018 Busan Democracy Forum, co-organized by the Community of Democracies, Asia Development Alliance, and Asia Democracy Network, is ‘The UN SDGs and Democracy’.

The forum focuses on SDGs 16 and 17, as well as the main crosscutting issues and inter-linkages between the two. The event is held in Korean.

Location: Busan, South Korea

Event website – KAIDEC (in Korean)

South Korea

January 24, 2018: European Development Days planning begins

The first community planning meeting for the 2018 European Development Days (EDD) takes place January 24, 2018. The 12th EDD focuses on ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest.’ This first community meeting provides an opportunity to learn more about the planning process and to provide input into the EDD program. Registration for the first community meeting opens the first week of January 2018. The event will also be streamed live.

Location: Bâtiment Charlemagne, Brussels

Newsletter and website – EU Development Days



January 24, 2018: Lunch debate ‘The EU Budget: How Europe Can Deliver’

In the context of negotiations over the European Union’s (EU's) upcoming multiannual financial framework, a lunch debate will be held to explore how to shape the EU budget and best share responsibilities between the union and member states. Speakers include representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, Bertelsmann Stiftung, and the ZEW, the Centre for European Economic Research.

The Bertelsmann Stiftung published a study in July 2017, also titled ‘How Europe can deliver’, which finds that a very strong case can be made that increasing development assistance at the EU level has significant added value compared with development spending at the national level.

Registrations for the event close on January 22, 2018.

Location – Brussels,  Belgium

Event website – Centre for European Economic Research

Publication – Bertelsmann Stiftung


January 17, 2018: European Parliament to discuss future EU research missions

The European Parliament will host a workshop to discuss ‘missions’ proposed to drive European Union (EU) research and innovation programming for the coming years under the next muti-year EU framework program (FP9).

Registrations for the workshop close January 17, 2018.

Location – Brussels, Belgium

Event website – European Parliament




January 24 – 25, 2018: First Italian national conference on international development

The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Agency of Cooperation host the first Italian national conference on international development, Conferenza Coopera. The conference aims to bring together Italian stakeholders from different backgrounds working in international development and cooperation.

The event will focus on specific topics such as:

  • Youth (with a focus on career opportunities in international cooperation)
  • Communication
  • Migration
  • Sustainable Development
  • Role of the private sector in international cooperation

Location: Rome, Italy

Event website – Confenza Coopera (in Italian)


January 25, 2018: CanWaCH hosts webinar 'Evaluating Success in Engagement & Outreach Activities'

The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) is hosting a
learning series webinar titled ‘Beyond the Numbers. Evaluating Success in Engagement & 
Outreach Activities’, to discuss the ways in which organizations can conduct more effective public
outreach in a digital world. CaWaCH’s members will share best practices, lessons learned, and
insights in measuring success in their communication activities.

Event website - CanWaCh

Canada Global health

January 25th, 2018: French Nuit des Idées launches with Adichie interview

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs will kick off the third edition of the ‘Nuit des Idées’ (Night of Ideas) with the theme ‘Imagination in Power’, at a launch event open to the public. The guest of honor will be the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who will discuss her work and her commitment to gender equality and the place of African countries in globalization. The interview with Adichie will be led by France Culture journalist Caroline Broué.

Location: Quai d’Orsay, Paris, France

Event website – France Diplomatie (in French)


January 25th, 2018: Nuit des Idées debate: ‘The end of AIDS, a realistic utopia?’

'Nuit des Idées' (Night of Ideas) hosts a discussion exploring the challenges in the fight against AIDS. The focus will be on aspects such as access to care and prevention, human rights, financing, and international solidarity.

Speakers include Françoise Barré-Sinoussi from Institut Pasteur/Sidaction, Dominique Costagliola, Institut Pierre-Louis d'Epidémiologie et de Santé publique/UPMC and François Berdougo from Médecins du Monde.

Location: Paris, France

Event website – La Nuit des Idées (in French)


January 29, 2018: KOICA organganizes 'KOICA Innovation Day'

KOICA will host the  ‘KOICA Innovation Day on January 29th to encourage the participation of start-ups and entrepreneurs in the field of international development. KOICA will introduce its Creative Technology Solution (CTS) program and hold a Q&A session to encourage businesses to apply. The CTS program is an innovation-facilitating program for Korean start-ups and entrepreneurs aiming to transform innovative ideas into viable and creative solutions, to promote sustainable development in developing countries.

Location: Seoul, South Korea 

Event website - Development Alliance Korea (in Korean)   

South Korea