10th annual Convergences World Forum held in Paris

The 10th annual meeting of the multi-stakeholders platform ‘Convergences’ gathers public institutions, private companies, and civil society organizations (CSOs) who “seek innovative solutions to fight poverty in the world”. This year, the forum is entitled ‘Together, let’s innovate for a 3Zero (zero exclusion, zero carbon, zero poverty) World!’, and focuses on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, and 17. Around 450 practitioners speak during the conferences, and over 7,000 people are expected to attend the workshops.

Location: Paris, France

Website - Convergences


September 4-6, 2017: Australian Evaluation Society 2017 International Evaluation Conference

The Australian Evaluation Society 2017 Conference, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, examines two main themes: that evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance, and that evaluators must be sensitive to the political context when making evaluations. Pre- and post-conference workshops will be conducted on September 3 and 7, 2017.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Conference website – AES 2017 International Evaluation Conference


EU launches 'Horizon Birthday Prize'

The European Commission, together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MSD for Mothers (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation), launches a research and development competition to identify and bring to market innovative solutions to prevent death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. It includes a €2.5 million prize. The 'Horizon for the Birthday' Prize, as it is called, will be awarded to the solution that can best demonstrate a reduction in maternal and/or newborn morbidity and mortality and/or stillbirths during facility-based deliveries. It must also be new, safe, and scalable. 

Applications are due on September 6, 2017.

Competition page - European Commission

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September 5-6, 2017: EDCF 30th Anniversary and KSP Dissemination Conference

The Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF), Korea Eximbank, Korea Development Institute, and the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) host an international conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Economic Development Co-operation Fund (EDCF) and promoting dissemination of the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP). The overall theme of the event is ‘Shaping the future with EDCF and KSP’. The conference includes policy roundtables, breakout sessions on investment opportunities by region, forums on public-private partnerships, and one-on-one business meetings.    

Location: Seoul, Korea

Event page website – EDCF KSP      


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September 6-7, 2017: STEPI and World Bank co-host 3rd International Conference on STI and development

STEPI, South Korea’s policy institute for science and technology, co-hosts the 3rd International Conference on STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) and Development in cooperation with the World Bank. The main theme of this year’s conference is ‘Innovation for Shared Prosperity: Cluster, Industrialization and Regional Development’.

More information on the 2017 programme is expected to be released shortly.

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Website - STEPI

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September 7, 2017: Sida holds discussion on antimicrobial resistance

Sweden’s development agency Sida organizes a 'Development Talk' focused on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The event aims to increase awareness and understanding of the drivers and consequences of AMR and how it impacts the world’s poorest people. Attendees discuss ways to prevent the spread of 'the silent tsunami' of resistant bacteria among people and animals.

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Website– Sida


September 7, 2017: Norfund hosts anniversary conference

Norfund, a private equity company owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, celebrates its 20th  anniversary with a conference, ‘20 Years of Investing for Development’. The program focuses on Norfund's three priority sectors; 1) clean energy, 2) financial institutions, and 3) agribusiness. Speakers include:

  • Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende,
  • Ghanaian Trade and Industry Minister, Allan Kyeremanten,
  • Chair of Arise and former South African Finance Minister Mr Nhlanhla Nene, and
  • Norfund Chair, Kristin Clemet.

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - Norfund

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September 8, 2017: Gender and security research network meets in Oslo

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Gender Peace Network (GPS) Centre convenes the Research Network on Gender, Peace and Security. The network comprises about 50 researchers from various research institutions around Norway. They meet twice a year to discuss research projects and ideas, share information, and facilitate research collaboration. Attendance by invitation only.

Location: Oslo , Norway

Website - PRIO


AECID celebrates ‘Development Cooperation Day’

Spain’s development agency AECID organizes a launch for its annual report on the number and profiles of development cooperation professionals working abroad. The event takes place on the national day for development cooperation (‘Día del Cooperante’), on the anniversary of world leaders choosing to adopt the Millennium Declaration at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

Development NGOs also plan to hold several side-events, details of which will be released closer to the date.

Location: Madrid, Spain

Press release - AECID (in Spanish)


September 9-11, 2017: Australasian conference on tropical diseases takes place in Queensland

Registration is now open for the 2017 Australasian Tropical Health Conference, where international researchers present on a range of topics, including infectious diseases, health systems, and health economics.

The event is organized by the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), a new health and tropical medicine research institute located at the James Cook University of North Queensland.

Location: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, Australia

Event website - James Cook University

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