Event preview: This week in development cooperation

Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank. Photo by: Eduardo Santillán Trujillo / Presdiencia de la República / CC BY-NC-SA

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 11:

EU Foreign Affairs CouncilBrussels, BelgiumMarch 11

Russia, Japan, Iraq and the European Union’s southern neighborhoods will be the agenda for discussions at this week’s EU Foreign Affairs Council.

Jim Yong Kim’s visit to IndiaNew Delhi, IndiaMarch 11-13

This will mark World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim’s first-ever visit to India, as he meets with leaders from the Indian government, private sector and civil society to discuss the development challenges that the country is facing, and the prospects for further economic and social progress.

Africawide consultation on MDG progress and the post-2015 development agendaHammamet, TunisiaMarch 11-13

At this meeting, Africa’s position on post-2015 development priorities will be locked after talks between ministers, parliamentarians, policymakers, members of the U.N. secretary-general’s high-level panel on the post-2015 agenda, and representatives from civil society and the private sector. The event is organized by the African Development Bank, in partnership with the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, Africa Union Commission and U.N. Development Program.

High-level meeting on national drought policyGeneva, SwitzerlandMarch 11-15

Three U.N. institutions  the World Meteorological Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization and U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification  will unite their efforts to foster the creation and the adoption of national-level policies to make drought-prone countries more resilient. At this meeting, members from these U.N. agencies and their partners will focus on drought preparedness and management policies.

Conference on conflict, violence and disaster in the post-2015 development agendaHelsinki, FinlandMarch 13

At this international conference, high-level representatives from U.N. agencies and member states, NGOs, and the private sector will convene for talks around the grim effects of conflict, violence and disaster, and how these can be addressed in a post-2015 development framework.

Panel on rebalancing Asia: Implications for inclusive green growthLondon, United KingdomMarch 13

The Overseas Development Institute and Asian Development Bank Institute will team up to host an event on inclusive green growth and regional cooperation in Asia. Panelists at the event will mull Asia’s continuing shift from the traditional export-led growth model and its effect on investments for inclusive green growth. The event will be streamed live online.

Supply Chain Leaders ForumPennsylvania, United StatesMarch 13-14Top supply chain managers and executives will come together to discuss opportunities to use “big data”  evolving information technology capability for collecting and analyzing large data sets  and how they can be exploited to boost collaboration across supply chains.

Asia Water Week 2013Manila, PhilippinesMarch 13-15

The Asian Development Bank will hold this year’s Asia Water Week 2013 to promote inclusive policy reforms and priority initiatives for Asia’s water sector. More than 500 participants, including representatives from ADB, development partners, civil society, academe, research organizations and private sector partners are expected to attend.

Launch of UNDP’s Human Development ReportCalgary, CanadaMarch 14

As developed countries suffer from global economic and financial crises, developing countries have emerged as vital growth engines. UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report, to be released this week, seeks to address this trend.

4th Annual CUGH ConferenceWashington, D.C., United StatesMarch 14-16

This event, hosted by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, will assemble more than 1,500 leaders, researchers and innovators from across sectors and disciplines to explore new advancements in tackling global health challenges.

Inter-American Development Bank annual meetingPanama City, PanamaMarch 14-17

This week, the boards of governors of the IDB and Inter-American Investment Corp. will conduct their yearly gathering to discuss a variety of topics such as how innovation and partnerships can advance sustainable development in the region. Pre-approved delegates from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies and private banks will also be present.

Envecon: Annual Applied Environmental Economics ConferenceLondon, United KingdomMarch 15

In its 11th year, this conference will bring together environmental economists from the public and private sectors, academia and consultancies to exchange research outcomes and ideas on the practical application of environmental economics around the world.

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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.