The Cambridge International Development Conference is an annual student-run conference organised by the Centre for Global Equality Student Society (CGE-SS).
Since its beginnings in 2007, the conference has created a space for students and professionals to connect with those working at the forefront of international development; whether formulating policy, developing new strategies on the ground, or expanding the academic discipline. The conference aims to provoke interesting conversations, to encourage new connections within the field, and to inspire delegates to engage with issues in international development.
Each year the conference engages with an area of critical importance in the field of international development, with previous themes including ‘productive partnerships in equality’ and ‘learning from the past, educating for the future’
Past CamIDC speakers have included the CEO of Oxfam GB, the Shadow Minister for International Development, the CEO of Engineers Without Borders, the previous CEO of War Child, founder of Against Malaria Foundation, and senior members of organisations such as the Overseas Development Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chatham House.
The Centre for Global Equality Student Society is astudent run committee made up of undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of subject areas from the University of Cambridge. We believe that global equality is a topic that is often left out of student discourse within Cambridge. We want to change this by creating a collaborative and connective platform by which students, professionals and academics across the university can come together to discuss solutions which tackle inequitable structures across the globe. This year’s Conference is themed, ‘Faces of Equality’, and aims to consider the multi-faceted nature of work in the global equality sphere, and offer insight into the wide array of ways in which individuals and organisations are working to develop solutions to challenges across the globe.
In addition to the annual CamIDC Conference in Lent Term of each year, the committee also run smaller speaker evenings and collaborate with other Cambridge societies throughout the year.
The Centre for Global Equality
The CGE-SS are supported by the Centre for Global Equality
The Centre for Global Equality (CGE) evolves an enabling environment for the innovative solutions to global challenges. Our aim is to solve problems that undermine the well being of the poorer half of the world’s population.
Focusing on people who live on less than $3 a day, we facilitate collaborations between public and private sectors, academia and civil society, drawing particularly on capacity in one of the world’s leading universities and companies in the Cambridge Cluster - the most successful entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe.
The Centre for Global Equality programmatic pillars are research, practice and innovation.