The Cambridge International Development Conference (CamIDC) is an annual student-run conference which brings students and professionals into contact 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 appropriately engage with international development in partnership with those most affected by extreme poverty and global inequalities.
Every year the conference engages with a area of critical importance in the field of international development. The theme for 2013 focused on the impact of crises on nations’ development, specifically on the nexus between crisis and long-term development. The 2014 conference, titled ‘From Diversity to Sustainable Development’, explored a range of ideas for sustainability and the challenges faced by the international development community. The 2015 conference was titled 'Lessons from the past, educating the future', and delved into the possible interactions between education and development. The 2017 conference was focused on unstructured discussion, allowing speakers to highlight areas they believed vitally important.
The CamIDC 2018 will be grounded in the theme of partnerships in international development, with an emphasis on critical analysis.
Past events in the student hubs network across Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Imperial, Warwick and Southampton have seen students engage with eminent speakers such as Dr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo (Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court), Professor Anthony Giddens (British sociologist), Jon Snow (British broadcaster), Andrew Mitchell (former Secretary of State for International Development) and Dr. Ian Goldin (former Vice President of the World Bank).