24th Annual Global Development Conference


Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:00am to 8:30pm


Harvard Kennedy School - 79, JFK Street

About the Conference: Our world is rapidly changing. The rise of populism, the migration crisis and the threat of climate change are driving development initiatives to evolve and adapt to these new dynamics. The 24th student organized edition of the annual Global Development Conference will debate the future, and envision a future shaped through shared innovation, values and partnerships.

For over 20 years, the Global Development Conference has offered a world-class forum for the exploration of new trends in the international development world. The conference is a thriving platform for decision-makers, practitioners, experts, academics and emerging young leaders to engage with one another and make new connections. Each year, the conference attracts over 500 participants, inspiring ideasharing and innovation around the best ways to address the most pressing problems of our time.


Confirmed speakers include: Achim Steiner, UNDP Adminstrator and Vice- Chair of the UN Development Group, and Kanni Waignaraja, Director of UN Development Operations Coordination.


Track I: Technological Revolution How are technological advancements improving development initiatives? This track will explore the opportunities and challenges of using new technologies in the pursuit of development.

Track II: Innovative Financing New forms of financing development projects are emerging across the world. They bear hope of a more targeted and sustainable model that looks beyond international aid. This track will explore all of the latest trends, from impact investment to the rise of Chinese aid.

Track III: Human Development We need to move away from using GDP as a measure of development and instead assess the welfare and capacity of human beings. This track will explore specific contemporary issues and consider policies, programs and models to tackle them. Join your fellow colleagues, leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, donors, and others in thought-provoking discussions that will define our collective actions to make our world a better place for generations to come.

Tickets: Limited early bird tickets are now available for students and professionals: 200 tickets are going for $25 for students and are available on a first come first serve basis.


For more information, please contact edom_tsegaye@hks18.harvard.edu / +1 617 417 7626