December 12, 2018: Annual Norad conference addresses civil society's role in global development

Civil society represents a diverse set of knowledge and services, including providing services and political activism. While 20% of Norway's development assistance is channeled through civil society, globally its role is threatened, argues Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, which is centering its annual conference around meeting these new challenges. 

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - Norad

December 12, 2018 : Aga Khan Foundation Canada and WFP host discussion about conflict and food insecurity

David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) and Alex Bugailiskis, Canada’s ambassador to Italy and permanent representative to the Rome-based UN agencies, will facilitate a discussion about interventions to address hunger and conflict. The event is hosted by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Beasley will draw from his recent experience with vulnerable women and girls in the Sahel, Bangladesh, Syria, and Yemen.  

Conflict is a leading cause of food insecurity, leaving people vulnerable as they are forced to leave their land, homes, and jobs.

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Event website- CanWaCH

Canada Global health Nutrition

December 13, 2018: South Korean NGOs hold a conference on SDG 4 and children’s rights

Good Neighbors of South Korea, a non-governmental organization (NGO), with support from the Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) are holding a conference on education and children’s rights in the context of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.

The event will focus on children’s education in Africa (including Malawi and Uganda) and the effectiveness of girls’ empowerment projects.

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Event website – NGO KCOC (in Korean)

South Korea Education

December 14, 2018: Innovative Medicines Initiative 10-year anniversary event

Luxinnovation and partners plan to host an international conference and networking event celebrating 10 years of medical breakthrough funding by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). The IMI partners the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry to fund health-related research, infrastructure, and innovation. The conference will address neurodegeneration, oncology, biomarkers, and diagnostics; analyze how long-term use of data can be made secure, sustainable, and of best benefit to patients; and discuss future IMI priorities with collaboration partners for forthcoming projects. The event will bring together healthcare professionals from academia, industry, research infrastructures, patient organizations, and EU funding experts. Registration opens in early autumn, when the detailed event program will also be available.

Location: Luxembourg

Event website – IMI

EU Global health R&D

University of Victoria hosts seminar on sustainability and borders

Simon Dalby, senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and professor of Wilfrid Laurier University, Simon Dalby, is leading a seminar series at the University of Victoria on sustainability and development. He plans to highlight challenges surrounding global governance of environmental issues. He will also explore the extent to which environmental phenomena are governed by territorial strategies and discuss new forms of structures of international collaboration.

Location: Victoria, Canada

Website - University of Victoria


January 25-27, 2019: World University Service of Canada hosts conference on global development

The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the International Centre for Studies and Cooperation (CECI) host 'The International Forum', a global development conference. The forum is an annual gathering to share ideas and best practices related to global development.

This year’s conference will focus on how the movement of youth, money, and ideas are shaping the world. Attendees will include government delegates, members of international cooperation organizations, civil society actors, representatives from the private sector, youth, researchers and development specialists. 

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Event website - International Forum


Feb 19, 2019: Annual Australasian Aid Conference held in Canberr

The Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University (ANU), in conjunction with the Asia Foundation, host Australia's major annual aid conference, which brings together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and beyond to share insights, promote collaboration, and help develop the research community.

Headline speakers include Donald Kaberuka, Former President of the African Development Bank and Rwanda’s Minister of Finance, and Masood Ahmed, President of the Center for Global Development.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Website – ANU

Australia Agriculture Education Global health Nutrition

February 19-20, 2019: Annual Australasian Development Conference

The Development Policy Centre of the Australian National University and the Asia Foundation have released a draft program for their 2019 development conference. Key topics include China's development cooperation and the future of Africa.

Dr Donald Kaberuka, former president of the African Development Bank, is the keynote speaker.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Conference Website - Development Policy Centre

Australia Agriculture Global health

March 5-8, 2019: JETRO encourages emerging economies to participate in food and beverage trade show

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) organizes a food and beverage trade show, FOODEX JAPAN 2019, which hosts a pavilion for companies from emerging economies hoping to enter the Japanese market. Companies from emerging markets participating in the exhibition are charged lower fees and have the opportunity to receive consultation advice from Japanese experts, among other support services. 

Location: Chiba, Japan

Event website - JETRO