This year the conference will focus on the ‘Past, Present and Future of International Development’. It aims to engage with the past and present international development processes with a focus on the role of education. It will also look at new or alternative development strategies for the future, while learning from the past. This conference will be a platform for students, professionals and academics to discuss the importance of theory and practice in international development. Some of the critical questions are: How does education contribute to international development and what challenges are we facing? How has education impacted international development in the last ten years in different countries? What is needed to solve current challenges and how can education help us in that? How does education connect to other issues like human rights or health? How does female empowerment help us solve issues and what can be done to make education equally accessible to men and women? What do young people interested in international development need to know? What capacities do we need as a global community to make a positive, enduring impact on the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the world? What is the future potential of bottom-up approaches like social enterprises, as well as of creative economies, technology and social media in development?