2017 Seminar

Risk, Governance and the Challenge of Migration

The theme of the 2017 Advancing Good Governance seminar, which took place at Rhodes House, Oxford on 8 and 9 June 2017, was ‘Risk, Governance and the Challenge of Migration.’ Recent crises linked to refugee flows and migration have exposed the failure of current models of global governance to address a highly complex spectrum of risks, including xenophobia, political unrest, corruption and poverty. The 2017 seminar took a focused look at the specific political, developmental, economic, security and humanitarian risks arising from the refugee and migration crises, and considered new models of governance which might be able to sustainably address those risks and resolve the root causes creating such risks. Read More.

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. Read More.

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. Read More.

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. Read More.

2013 Seminar

Sustainability of Impact: For the Sector, or the Client

The 2013 seminar examined ways in which client-centred governance can foster empowerment and sustainability of impact in the face of challenges to development such as fragile states, environmental and political crises, and fraud and corruption Read More.

2012 Seminar

Accountability to the Client

The 2012 seminar, the first of the Advancing Good Governance in International Development seminar series, examined a number of challenges relating to the accountability of development to citizens, the ultimate client of the development sector. This included fraud in aid, and a lack of financial literacy and access to technology. Read More.