Annual Global Development Conferences

GDN's most anticipated event is its Annual Global Development Conference held in different countries, each year, across the globe. Since its inception in 1999, GDN has been organizing its annual conferences in countries that are hot spots of developing or transition economies such as in Casablanca, Morocco, in 2015, Accra, Ghana in 2014 and Manilla, The Philippines in 2013. The conferences aim to gather the world’s most influential researchers, corporate leaders and political figures on a common platform where they can interact with each other and discuss the most pressing challenges in social and economic development. GDN will be holding its 17th Annual Global Development Conference in Lima, Peru on 17-18 March, 2016 on the theme of Education for Development: Quality and Inclusion for Changing Global Human Capital Needs.

GDN Events – Global Policy Dialogues and Special Events

A series of consultations, the Global Policy Dialogues are designed to stimulate evidence-based policy debates on global issues of interest to developing countries and to dialogue with global and regional partners in the research and policymaking community.

Launched in 2009, the Global Policy Dialogues aim to ensure that developing country-perspectives remain at the core of the debates. Specifically, they:

  • Provide a platform for evidence-based policy debates on global issues related to development, so that there is greater clarity around the ideas.
  • Ensure that Southern perspectives are articulated on the global platform.
  • Help GDN partner researchers, policymakers and intellectuals in exchanging cross-disciplinary perspectives and contribute to a body of knowledge that informs policy better.

The Global Policy Dialogues, together with GDN's special events, help bring together the organization's stakeholders on to one platform and both, promote and strengthen its mission.


The benefit of strengthening the relationship between researchers and policymakers through Dialogues such as GDN's is to improve the quality of policy formulation.

H.E. Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Minister of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia during her Closing Remarks at the
GDN-BAPPENAS Policy Dialogue, Jakarta,
9 April 2013