Summary: The 2013 conference will focus on the impact of crises on nations' development, specifically on the nexus between crises and long-term development. Will the current crises arrest and undo development or will they serve as a window of opportunity for reform and new trajectories? What factors determine the impact of crises? Talks and panel discussions as part of the 'Debates in Development' conference strand will assess different responses to crises and look at how initial assistance can evolve into a suitable long-term development strategy. The 'Novel Ideas and New Approaches' and 'Doing Development' conference strand will extend the debate by exploring new frontiers within development and equipping attendees with the skills needed to have an 'impact' when working in development.
Events of the Day
The opening keynote was given by Ben Shepherd (Associate Fellow, Chatham House). Throughout the day there were panels on the future of technology, the politics of long-term development, a historical perspective on development, and impact evaluation and measurement. Jonny Gutteridge (CEO of Engineers Without Borders UK) gave the closing keynote.