Event preview: This week in development cooperation

Girls in Afghanistan. Photo by: Asian Development Bank / CC BY-NC

The future of international development cooperation isn’t just hashed out in dusty field offices and ramshackle schools and hospitals, but also at a variety of events, celebrations and other gatherings. Here are some of the most noteworthy for the week starting March 4:

Savings Groups 2013 ConferenceVirginia, United StatesMarch 4-5

This two-day conference will feature discussions on the financial and social impacts of savings groups between the SEEP (Small Enterprise Education and Promotion) Network and leading aid agencies. Oxfam America, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation will pilot the event.

Jim Yong Kim’s visit to BrazilRio de Janeiro, BrazilMarch 4-6

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim is set to meet for the first time with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as well as with other Brazilian key officials and local authorities. The goal: to foster the bank’s strategic partnership with Brazil as the country’s role in global development grows.

57th session of the Commission on the Status of WomenNew York, United StatesMarch 4-15

This annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a body under the U.N. Economic and Social Council, will center on assessing progress, challenges and recommendations for stopping and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls.

High-level post-2015 consultation on health Gaborone, BotswanaMarch 5-6

Leaders from U.N. member states, nongovernmental organizations and civil society will congregate to discuss and develop proposals on health for the post-2015 development agenda, as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Global Thematic Consultations.

7th African Economic Forum 2013Johannesburg, South AfricaMarch 6

At this annual forum, representatives from governments, the private sector and academia will meet to discuss the factors shaping Africa’s economic future and strategic position in a globalized world.

JICA president’s trip to the United States and West African countriesWashington, United StatesMarch 6-14

Japan International Cooperation Agency President Akihiko Tanaka will be in the United States to meet with United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark and other top U.N. figures. His agenda for his visit to West African countries is still to be announced.

Fairtrade FortnightLondon, United KingdomMarch 10

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight of the Fairtrade Foundation takes the theme, “Take a Step in 2013: Go Further for Small-holder Farmers,” to increase awareness for fair trade, ethical trading and other development issues.

International celebrations

  • International Women’s Day, March 8


  • Kenya: general, March 4

  • Micronesia: parliamentary, March 5

  • Malta: parliamentary, March 9

  • Falkland Islands: referendum on sovereignty, March 10-11 

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  • Johanna Morden

    Johanna Morden is a community development worker by training and a global development journalist by profession. As a former Devex staff writer based in Manila, she covered the Asian Development Bank as well as Asia-Pacific's aid community at large. Johanna has written for a variety of international publications, covering social issues, disasters, government, ICT, business, and the law.