Highlights from Europe's biggest international development conference

Storify: Check out the social media highlights of both days on Storify.

Plenary videos: Watch all four plenary sessions in full on Facebook, including speeches by Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Jan Egeland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee. 

Photos: We'll be adding photos from the event in the next few days.

Sessions were divided into six strands

Implement: optimise processes and streamline operations

Inspire: digitalisation, a changing civil society environment and effective leadership

Invest: funding, alternative financing and diversifying income from donors and government

Innovate: fostering a culture of innovation, alternative business models and how to scale up

Influence: the latest issues affecting policy and advocacy, including Brexit, climate change and SDGs

Impact: measure and make real impact, as well as the importance of transparency  

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Sessions

Innovate Session
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Learn how to create new business models that meet changing needs.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45

Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development, and Achim Steiner, Oxford Martin School and ex-UNEP, will address delegates.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
09:45 to 10:30
Influence Session
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This session explores why the SDGs are not "business as usual" and have the potential to drive true change.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Impact Session
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Leaders of CSOs share their experiences what helps and hinders their work in the global south.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45

Sir Ciaran Devane, Jutta Steiner and Jan Egeland will address delegates.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
16:15 to 17:30
Implement Session
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Hear from INGOs that have saved thousands of pounds and streamlined their operations using savvy pricing and Full-cost Recovery.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
15:30 to 16:30
Innovate Session
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This session examines the forecasted changes in employment, and the implications and opportunities for livelihoods in low-income economies.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
Influence Session
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With the space for civil society closing down around the world, this session will look at new ways to defend civil society.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
Invest Session
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This session will give you insight into the potential for partnering with government departments outside of DFID wanting to work with CSOs to reach development outcomes.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
15:30 to 16:30
Impact Session
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Hear how you can supercharge your communications by partnering up with the right people.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
Inspire session
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This session explores different perspectives on aid and asks what NGO leaders need to be doing to defend it.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Implement Session
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We look at the challenges and reasons for making the World Humanitarian Summit's "Grand Bargain" a reality.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
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Implement Session
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This session explores how digital can transform how an organisation works and impact on organisational strategy.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Influence Session
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Listen to experts pitch ideas about how we should respond to the triggering of Article 50 in relation to the international development sector.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
Inspire session
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Learn why and how businesses want to engage with you, and how to build effective corporate/NGO partnerships.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
15:30 to 16:30
Invest Session
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At this session you'll hear from NGOs who have generated income outside of normal proposals and project funding.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
Innovate Session
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Having recognised that a disturbing number of small pilots fail to scale, the humanitarian and development sector is taking concrete steps to build a scaling capability.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
Inspire session
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This session explores how those charged with the governance of NGOs can navigate through these challenging times.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
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The conference was very insightful and thought-provoking. I met new people and made a number of connections.
Mary Mosinghi, KwaAfrica

Main sponsors

Al-Khair Foundation is a UK-based international NGO that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief to those in the world’s most deprived areas.

Diversity Travel is an award-winning Travel Management Company specialising in the international development sector.

INTL FCStone Ltd (IFL) specialises in transferring funds to the emerging markets and complex countries.

Key Travel is an award-winning international travel management company, specialising in the humanitarian, faith and education sectors since 1980.

Other sponsors and partners

Birches Group is a specialised consultancy whose core business is labour market surveys in developing countries.

Implement strand sponsor
Business Fights Poverty logo

Business Fights Poverty energises meaningful collaboration around specific Challenges to harness the social impact of business. 

Supporting Partner

DAI is a global development company working on the frontlines of international development consulting.

Notepads and pens
Devex logo

Devex is the media platform for the global development community.

Media Partner

ILS is committed to the safety and security of international development and humanitarian relief professionals though the delivery of advice, support, equipment and training.

Badges, Lanyards and T-shirts sponsor
Nature Sustainability logo

Nature Sustainability will publish research contributing to a deep understanding of the ways in which we organise our lives in a finite world and the multiple impacts our actions have.

Bags sponsor

Perrett Laver is a global executive search firm finding exceptional leaders within non-profits, civil society, education, research and healthcare institutions.

Inspire strand sponsor
The Donkey Sanctuary logo

The Donkey Sanctuary works to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support.

Drinks reception sponsor

Exhibitors

Western Union Business Solutions logo

Western Union Business Solutions partners with customers to offer solutions that help organisations improve cross-border cash flow and international growth.

IBT logo

IBT (the International Broadcasting Trust) is an educational charity working to promote high quality media coverage of the wider world.

Aptivate logo

We are a not-for-profit IT consultancy delivering digital services for international development.

DAI is a global development company working on the frontlines of international development consulting.

SGS Logo

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

Birches Group is a specialised consultancy whose core business is labour market surveys in developing countries.

Safer Edge logo

Safer Edge have a long history of supporting aid organisations in security and risk management, enabling them to establish and maintain projects and delivering aid to people in the most unstable parts of the world.
 

IDS is a leading global institution for research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications.

Strategic Agenda specialises in translating, editing and designing multilingual publications for NGOs and international development agencies.