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21st Global Development Conference

The Campbell Collaboration and the Global Development Network  joined hands to co-host a flagship event from 18-27 October 2021. Conference recordings out now!

Titled, 'Evidence for Development: What Works Global Summit 2021,' the conference had over 900 participants, drawn from a diverse group of researchers, evaluators, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners and the private sector. The call for proposals received 226 proposals.

We are grateful to our sponsors for the event: Agence Française de Développement, American Institutes for Research, the CAF Development Bank of Latin America, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Individual sessions sponsors include: Center for Effective Global ActionCIPPEC, Green Climate FundInternational Development Research CentreJICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and DevelopmentThe German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval).

The conference covered a number of themes and events:

Themes Events 
  • Innovative approaches to knowledge brokering
  • Measuring Impact
  • Innovative approaches to impact evaluation and evidence synthesis
  • Assessing evidence claims
  • Climate change, biodiversity and development
  • Health-environment-economic wellbeing nexus
  • Inequality and social inclusion
  • Building resilience
  • Social protection
  • Mental health
  • Better business practices
  • Transitions (social, environmental, energy, political, economic)  
  • AI, big data, machine learning and development
  • Industrial policy and productivity
  • Youth employment
  • Quality of education
  • Crime and justice
  • Child protection
  • Governance and accountability
  • Parallel sessions in a range of formats to encourage broad participation
  • Rapid fire presentation sessions of the latest evidence for development
  • An online poster session and presentations of competitively selected short videos
  • A conference expo with information about the conference organizers and sponsors
  • Virtual coffee table chat sessions for networking
  • Plenary sessions by leaders in the field of evidence for development


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