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. 

Highlight videos: See highlights from the conference and the International Development Awards on YouTube.

Photos: See photos from both days on Flickr.

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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Finding new ways of working that balance risk and reward is crucial to any organisation’s success in today’s climate.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Inspire session
Inspire Header

This session will focus on how NGO leadership can be effective in a rapidly changing and complex context.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
Invest Session
Invest header

Hear how the changes in the fundraising environment may affect your CSO and how you can use new methods to thrive.

 

 

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

How do organisations use digital to inspire their audiences and effect change?

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
Influence Session
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This in-conversation session brings together cross-party MPs to negotiate and hopefully agree on specific international development issues.

 

 

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

Brexit is making a direct and indirect impact on the planning environment for INGOs.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Inspire session
Inspire Header

This session will focus on how NGO leadership can be effective in a rapidly changing and complex context.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
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
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
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
Inspire session
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This session will look at what it means for senior leaders to prioritise impact to ensure their organisastions are effective.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
Invest Session
Invest header

Hear how the changes in the fundraising environment may affect your CSO and how you can use new methods to thrive.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Invest Session
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Learn more about DFID’s funding and civil society strategy and their implications for your organisation.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Invest Session
Invest header

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
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
Invest Session
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Get insights into philanthropic gifts and learn how to develop valuable partnerships with philanthropists.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
Innovate Session
Innovate header

Finding new ways of working that balance risk and reward is crucial to any organisation’s success in today’s climate.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
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
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
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
Innovate Session
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This accessible session features real-life organisational challenges and how they were solved practically with mobile technology.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
15:30 to 16:30
Influence Session
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This in-conversation session brings together cross-party MPs to negotiate and hopefully agree on specific international development issues.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
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
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
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
Influence Session
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This session explores what the record number of migrants worldwide means for the sector.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
15:30 to 16:30
Impact Session
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How do organisations use digital to inspire their audiences and effect change?

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
Impact Session
Impact header

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
Impact Session
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In this Question Time-like session, you’ll get the hard questions answered about trust and transparency by development experts.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
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
Impact Session
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This session will explore new approaches to ensuring your messages reach the right audiences in the new media environment.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
15:30 to 16:30
Implement Session
Implement Header

Brexit is making a direct and indirect impact on the planning environment for INGOs.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Implement Session
Implement Header

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
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
Implement Session
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In this session we will be discussing the application of adaptive behaviour and management and how this will help organisations to thrive.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
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

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

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

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
16:15 to 17:30

Jamila Raqib and Leymah Gbowee will share their inspiring stories.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
16:30 to 17:15

Alexander Betts and Mats Karlsson will address delegates.

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
09:45 to 10:30
Innovate Session
Innovate header

Finding new ways of working that balance risk and reward is crucial to any organisation’s success in today’s climate.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Inspire session
Inspire Header

This session will focus on how NGO leadership can be effective in a rapidly changing and complex context.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
14:15 to 15:45
Implement Session
Implement Header

Brexit is making a direct and indirect impact on the planning environment for INGOs.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Influence Session
Influence Header Image

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
Invest Session
Invest header

Learn more about DFID’s funding and civil society strategy and their implications for your organisation.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Impact Session
Impact header

In this Question Time-like session, you’ll get the hard questions answered about trust and transparency by development experts.

 

 

Mon, 03/20/2017 -
11:15 to 12:45
Invest Session
Invest header

Hear how the changes in the fundraising environment may affect your CSO and how you can use new methods to thrive.

 

 

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

How do organisations use digital to inspire their audiences and effect change?

 

 

Tue, 03/21/2017 -
14:00 to 15:00
Influence Session
Influence header

This in-conversation session brings together cross-party MPs to negotiate and hopefully agree on specific international development issues.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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
Implement Session
Implement Header

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
Michael Chandler
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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

SPHERE logo

Sphere is an innovative Travel Risk Management solution, powered by Securewest International to enable you to protect your employees, volunteers, business and reputation worldwide.

FMD Pro logo

FMD Pro is an open-source certification program that aims to build the financial capacity of NGO project and program staff while raising standards of best practice in our sector.

Taiwan NGOs logo

Civil society in Taiwan plays a key role in ensuring good governance and in enabling Taiwan to exert its soft power in the international arena.

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.

BBC Media Action logo

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity.

GAIN logo

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organisation driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition.

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations logo

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations undertakes innovative, impactful, world-class research that enables dialogue and builds trust in order to foster peaceful relations and strengthen human security.  

Humanitarian Leadership Academy

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy is a global learning initiative set up to enable people to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries.

Kalitasha logo

Kalitasha has developed a menstrual hygiene product to alleviate physical and social problems faced by adolescent girls from low-income households.

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.

Aptivate logo

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

Precio Fishbone is a specialist IT company focused on Microsoft technology, which works with NGOs to help address common challenges.

Computer Aid is a non-profit that empowers communities through technologies.

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.

Primary Sponsor INTL FCStone Ltd provides a customised Foreign Exchange and treasury service to organisations in more than 140 currencies.

Kalitasha logo

Kalitasha has developed a menstrual hygiene product to alleviate physical and social problems faced by adolescent girls from low-income households.

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

Oxford HR has been the leading Executive Search consultancy, working exclusively in the international not-for-profit sector, since 1995.

Clements Worldwide is the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organisations.

FMD Pro logo

FMD Pro is an open-source certification program that aims to build the financial capacity of NGO project and program staff while raising standards of best practice in our sector.

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations logo

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations undertakes innovative, impactful, world-class research that enables dialogue and builds trust in order to foster peaceful relations and strengthen human security.  

Humanitarian Leadership Academy

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy is a global learning initiative set up to enable people to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries.

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

Scriptoria logo

Scriptoria is a world leader in sustainable development communications. Our expert teams provide services in strategy and consulting, publications and training.

The Open University's international development projects across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia combine the institution's expertise in high-quality education on a massive scale with practical implementation plans. 

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

Durbin specialises in supplying NGO’s and charities with all types of pharmaceuticals and medical items as well as Luci solar rechargeable lights.

Taiwan NGOs logo

Civil society in Taiwan plays a key role in ensuring good governance and in enabling Taiwan to exert its soft power in the international arena.

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.

BBC Media Action logo

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity.

GAIN logo

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organisation driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition.

IBT logo

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

Islamic Relief is an independent NGO that responds to disasters and emergencies, promoting sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities.

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.

The Aga Khan Foundation (UK) is an international development agency dedicated to improving quality of life in the developing world.

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.
 

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

SPHERE logo

Sphere is an innovative Travel Risk Management solution, powered by Securewest International to enable you to protect your employees, volunteers, business and reputation worldwide.

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

Diversity Travel logo

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