16th Annual Global Development Conference

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These were the welcome words for the conference:

"On behalf of the Global Development Network (GDN), it is my great pleasure to introduce GDN’s forthcoming 2015 Annual Global Development Conference, scheduled to be held in Casablanca, Morocco on June 11-13, 2015.

The conference is organized around the major theme of Agriculture for Sustainable Growth: Challenges and Opportunities for a new ‘Green Revolution’ and will feature some of the work supported by GDN and its Regional Network Partners, as well as research studies from all over the world.

In light of the challenges of economic, social and environmental sustainability facing agricultural and food systems, the conference aims at a better understanding of the nature, role and prospects of agricultural development in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and the new international climate agreement. It aims to provide a unique opportunity for researchers, policy makers and development practitioners to answer challenges of agricultural development in all its forms and to outline new solutions for developing countries. There is a tremendous need for South-South learning and knowledge cross-fertilization on these issues, which the Annual Conference would facilitate.

The conference is organized around a competitive call for sessions and papers, in addition to our annual Global Development Awards and Medals Competition. It showcases the research and development work conducted by young researchers from developing countries through presentations, discussions and posters exhibition.

The main theme of the Conference includes interrelated issues, each of them calling for a variety of disciplinary approaches. The competitive call for proposals will be structured around four main interrelated sub-themes:

- Food security and nutrition;
- Environmental challenges and natural resources management;
- Economic, social and political transformations: effects and impact of agricultural
- Financial and technological innovations: which new tools for the next ‘Green Revolution’?

Our overarching goal is to provide researchers from developing countries with a unique opportunity to interact with their peers and with top researchers in the profession, and to help them identify issues, methods and partners so that they are encouraged to produce good quality research and contribute to better policies.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this Conference and help us to make it a vibrant success!"

Dr. Annie Soriot Conference Director Global Development Network

Why GDN Annual Conference

GDN’s flagship event is its three-day Annual Global Development Conference held in different countries, each year, across the globe. These conferences aim to connect developing countries researchers and students with the world’s most influential researchers, corporate leaders and political figures on a common platform where they can interact with each other, share their research work and discuss the most pressing challenges in social and economic development. The defining features of the GDN conference are the empowerment of researchers in developing countries, strengthening of research skills and the mobilization of research for public policy. 

The 16th Annual Global Development Conference was held in Casablanca, Morocco on June 11-13, 2015.

This conference aimed to stimulate a discussion on the burning theme of “Agriculture for sustainable growth: challenges and opportunities for a new ‘green revolution’? The objective of the conference is to facilitate a better understanding on the nature and prospects of ‘green revolution’ globally, drawing on the insights from experiences around the world, to foster dialogue among young and experienced researchers , experts, practitioners  and various government organizations who are working towards making their respective region more sustainable in agriculture and food security. 

Benefits of Attending

For Young Researchers:

Disseminate research:  Both young and experienced researchers can showcase and disseminate the findings of their research on the topic of the conference with a skillfully diversified audience all over the world.

Networking: Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of a unique community of young and experienced researchers from developing countries.

Academic Reward: The Best papers and Best Posters will be awarded at GDN 16th Annual Conference. This competition offers brilliant academic opportunity for young and promising researchers from developing countries to research on key development issues with granular perspective, GDN award their potential through different grant sizes to conduct a research study for duration of time.

Share and Experience: An opportunity to witness, experience and share views with globally renowned international speakers/experts/panelists on the theme of the conference.

Events of relevance: Enhance career prospects by optimizing networking opportunities with key donor organizations, research institutes, think tanks, international organizations and governments. Witness the launch of books by leading publishing houses, experience the dynamism of research through exhibition of posters and essays and be part of informal discussions on key issues of relevance.


For any queries related to Call for Papers/Posters/Sessions, the dedicated email address was

For any queries regarding the conference and your participation, he dedicated email address was