In International Development
    • 2017 dates forthcoming
    • OXFORD

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The annual seminar is jointly organised by Camfed International, the Oxford Department of International Development, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford's Saïd Business School and Linklaters LLP.


The seminar brings together thought leaders and practitioners from the academic, donor, microfinance, NGO, social entrepreneurial, government and private sector communities to identify timely issues in international development and how good governance can work to address those issues.


Each year, the seminar focuses on a specific theme designed to generate thought-provoking debate around a key challenge confronting governance in international development.


We look forward to seeing you in Oxford in 2017!


Past Seminars > view all

2016 Seminar:Peace, Security, and Governance in Goal 16: How Do We Tackle This?

Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions. In doing so, it sets out an ambitious vision of governance, peace and security, and accountability that will invigorate the work of all development actors in the years ahead. The 2016 seminar examined the many challenges, complexities, sensitivities, and ambiguities contained in Goal 16. It featured focused and practical sessions on tackling illicit flows; on making progress with Goal 16 in contexts of conflict and protracted crisis; on balancing the Goal 16 themes of peace and security, on the one hand, and governance and development on the other; and on measuring progress with Goal 16.

2015 Seminar:Making Market-based Approaches to Development Work for the Poor

Market-based philosophies are an increasing factor in international development, as reflected in the growth of microfinance, social enterprise and impact investing; increased calls from global leaders in the South for “trade not aid”; the greater engagement of the development community with the private sector; and the increasing predominance of China in development. Regardless of whether these philosophies are “positive” or “negative,” they are a fact of life for international development. The 2015 seminar considered whether market-based approaches to development can be made to work for the poor, particularly the poorest of the poor, through good governance.

2014 Seminar:The Changing Paradigm: Is It Leading to a More Empowered Citizenry?

The increasingly horizontal nature of power dynamics and new technology is leading to a new paradigm where citizens are empowered to drive global development. The 2014 seminar explored how governance can mediate and advance these developments in a way that is truly empowering for citizens.