Delegates at the Funding for Development Conference 2018

Funding for Development Conference 2019

7 October 2019, 09.30 - 17.00
Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH

Over 180 people joined us for our third Funding for Development Conference. NGOs, donors, government representatives and businesses came together to discuss the latest trends and challenges in institutional funding, public fundraising and partnerships. 

Read our highlights from the event or check out #Funding4Dev on Twitter.

Speakers included Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi, director of investments at Power of Nutrition, Sue Wicks, head of  grants at Comic Relief, Juliet Chua, director director general for finance at DFID, and Cathy Ferrier from the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

The conference was divided into three strands: institutional funding, public engagement and partnering.

MzN International logoThe conference was sponsored by MzN International, a development consultancy firm where the only priority is to help those in need better.

Funding for Development 2019 programme

08.30 - 09.30 Registration and refreshments
09.30 - 09.35

Welcome and chair's introduction
Speaker: Zoe Abrahamson, Bond

09.35 - 10.15

Opening plenary: The big picture
Speaker: Juliet Chua, Department for International Development

10.15 - 10.45 Break for refreshments
10.45 - 12.15 Breakout 1

Trends in donor funding
Hear about the latest updates and funding opportunities from a range of donors.

Speakers: Jennie Richmond, Consultant, Sue Wicks, Comic Relief, Ben Latto, Department for International Development


Reconciling comms and fundraising: What we learned about public engagement from UK Aid Match appeals
Looking at public engagement in the context of UK Aid Match. A panel of CSOs discuss what public engagement means to them, lessons learned, and how CSOs are responding in a changing climate.

Speakers: Sapna Patel, Chris Smith, Louise Lap, The Social Change Agency, Ellie Dawes, Child.org, Rachel Erskine, Amref Health Africa UK, Mark Housden, CBM UK


Creative partnerships for real impact
Hear about unusual partnerships across sectors that are achieving joint goals.

Speaker: Sarah Johns, Bond, James Sutton, Raleigh International, Nick Bartlett, McCann Health, Sarah Sandon, Practical Action, Hasin Jahan, Practical Action

12.15 - 13.15 Lunch and networking
13.15 - 14.45 Breakout 2

Funding in the event of a no-deal Brexit
CARE International and DFID will clarify DFID's underwriting of EU funding for UK NGOs in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Victoria Wickenden, CARE International, Chris Carter, Department for International Development, Dominic Brain, Christian Aid, Claire Godfrey, Bond


Shifting our paradigm for long-term support
How do you meaningfully engage with audiences in a way that is fit for the future, not the past?  This session will explore engagement trends across the sector and beyond, stimulating different ways of thinking about how you interact with and mobilise supporters.

Speakers: Paul Amadi, British Red Cross,  Leesa Harwood, Consultant, Joe Jenkins, The Children’s Society, Nicola Tallett, Oxfam


Diversifying for financial sustainability
Find out new ways of generating income through hybrid business models and partnerships. 

Speakers: Tej Dhami, The Change Coefficient, Beth Honig, Ubuntu Pathways, Jill Healey, ChildHope UK, Hortance Manjo, Cameroon Kangaroo Mother Care

14.45 - 15.00 Break for refreshments
15.00 - 16.15

Four Interactive sessions: 

 1. Localisation and shifting resources: Who has done themselves out of a job? (And is it that simple?)
Speaker: Clara Bosco, CIVICUS Global Civil Society Alliance, Asayya Imaya, National Lottery Community Fund

 2. Is BREXIT a disaster for funding our work? What we know and what we don’t know…
Speaker: Tim Boyes-Watson, Humentum

 3. Forging and telling the story of your impact: how measurement, evidence generation and fundraising need
to go hand in hand

Speaker: Helen Bushell, Oxfam

 4. Collaborate to innovate: the case of startups and the third sector
Speaker: Denise Van Blitterswijk, Nesta, Christopher Haley, Nesta

16.15 - 17.00

Closing plenary: The future fundraising environment
Speaker: Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi, The Power of Nutrition
Speaker: Cathy Ferrier, Skoll Centre

17.00 Chair's close
Speaker: Zoe Abrahamson, Bond



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