The conference builds on research and current debates that critically assess the growing faith in multi-stakeholder development partnerships to achieve the SDGs. Research undertaken amongst CGD members and INTRAC and the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment in diverse development contexts exposes the complex power dynamics and contradictions often inherent in multi-stakeholder initiatives. The research raises fundamental questions of why we ‘do’ development’; who decides what development is; what types of development we are arguably feeling forced into promoting; and what type of development we want to see.
We feel it is time to widen the debate and bring together a diverse group of participants from development practice, policy and research to discuss these issues in a safe space and identify innovative strategies for ‘doing development differently’. We anticipate that a key output from the conference will be a high-profile publication.
The conference will be organised around three interlinked themes: Power, voice and inclusion Accountability, evidence and impact Partnership and capacity-building
During the conference key contributors will lead two hour sessions, posting initial short think pieces to stimulate dynamic discussion among the participants around each theme.
It is simple and free to participate in the conference. We will be sending out a conference agenda and instructions on how to join the conference group in the next two weeks. Technical support will be available before and during the conference, should you need it.