August 22-23, 2018: Development Research Conference 2018: Rethinking Development

In August 2018 the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency will host a conference on development research on the topic of Rethinking Development. The purpose of the conference is to create a multidisciplinary forum for research on development issues in low-income countries. The conference offers a platform for dialogue between researchers and relevant authorities, organizations and practitioners.

Deadline for registration is 30 June.

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Event website - University of Gothenburg


August 23, 2018: IFC vice president to speak at ANU on development financing

Nena Stoilikovic, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) vice president for Asia and the Pacific will speak in Canberra on development finance and the IFC's role in the region. She will cover the IFC's new strategy, maximizing finance for development, and private sector investment.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Event website - ANU Development Policy Centre


August 26-31, 2018: World Water Week in Stockholm

World Water Week is the annual event for global water issues, hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm. The theme for the 2018 Water Week is “Water, ecosystems, and human development”.

In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Water Week.

Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators, and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries are expected to come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking, and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Event website - World Water Week  


Sweden Agriculture

August 26, 2018: TICAD7 Pre-event: Emerging Women Entrepreneurs Forum – What is 'Social Innovation for SDGs'?

The 'Emerging Women Entrepreneurs Forum' will convene in the Yokohama premises of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on August 26, 2018. The event will gather Japanese and African entrepreneurs involved in economic and social businesses to think about how social innovation may contribute to the achieving of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The forum will also feature a panel discussion that will consider the importance of a gender perspective in business and in realizing the SDGs.

This event will be simultaneously translated into English and French, and the mayor of Yokohama will attend the forum.

Location: Yokohama, Japan

Event website - JICA (in Japanese)


August 27, 2018: Polyteknisk Forum hosts discussion on Norad's development assistance

The Polyteknisk Forum for Social Affairs hosts the Norwegian Development Finance Institution (Norfund) for a discussion on how Norfund's reform of development assistance and relationship to recipient countries can be understood in a larger historical context. 

Notable speakers include professor Terje Tvedt, Kjell Roland and Jon Lomøy from Norfund, Lisa Sivertsen from the Norwegian Church Aid, and Svein Åge Dale, former member of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - Polyteknisk Forening 


August 27, 2018: Seminar on 'Economic and Social Development of Bangladesh: Miracle and Challenges'

JICA-RI, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency Research Institute, and the Asian Development Bank will hold a seminar on Bangladesh at the Asia Development Bank Institute. A book will be launched at the event titled 'Economic and Social Development of Bangladesh: Miracle and Challenges,' and compiles the research outcomes of a three-year JICA-RI research project titled 'Empirical Study on Risk and Poverty in Bangladesh.'

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Event website - JICA-RI (in Japanese)


August 27, 2018: French MFA hosts 26th Conference of Ambassadors

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) hosts the 26th Conference of Ambassadors in Paris, featuring an opening speech by President Emmanuel Macron, a speech by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, and a closing session by Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. This year's session has the theme 'Alliances, Values ​​and Interests in Today's World' and will address current major diplomatic issues.  Parallel working sessions for ambassadors take place throughout the conference.

Location: Paris, France

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)


August 29, 2018: South Korea holds its annual KSP seminar

The Ministry of Economy and Finance of South Korea will hold its annual Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) Dissemination Seminar. The theme of this year’s seminar is 'Drawing the Roadmap for Mutual Prosperity with Knowledge.' The seminar will kick off with a presentation on the key achievements of the KSP, followed by discussion sessions on economic cooperation, policy development, and private sector engagement.

KSP is a consultation program that aims to share South Korea’s development knowledge, assist partner countries, and work towards narrowing the knowledge divide.

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Press release – Korea Development Institute

South Korea

August 30-31, 2018: Wagenningen University hosts SDG Conference

Wagenningen University will host the 'SDG Conference : Towards Zero Hunger Partnerships for Impact', which will bring together key stakeholders to discuss ideas and contributions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the goal of prompting action. The outputs of the discussions will feed into the final session ‘Food system transformation pathways to achieve the SDGs.’

The conference will focus on SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 17 (create partnerships).

Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

Event Website - Wageningen University

Netherlands Agriculture Nutrition

September 3, 2018: French government, universities, and think tanks collaborate to offer online course on SDGs

The Virtual University Environment and Sustainable Development (UVED), in partnership with the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and other organizations, has developed an online course (MOOC) dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course, taught by international experts from around the globe, provides key information for understanding the SDGs and associated implementation strategies of state actors and civil society. It will last four weeks and is free and open to all.

Registration - FUN Platform (in French)

France Global