Schoolchildren participate in a class in India. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will launch its Education for All Global Monitoring Report for 2013-14 on Jan. 29. Photo by: Nick Cunard / DfID / CC BY-NC-ND

The future of international development cooperation is not just hashed out in dusty field offices and ramshackle schools and hospitals, but also at a variety of events, celebrations and other gatherings. Below are some of the most noteworthy events for the week starting January 26:

Two Days’ Specialized Training Workshops on Takaful (Islamic Insurance) Jan. 26–27 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

InsideNGO’s USAID Rules & Regulations: Grants & Cooperative Agreements Jan. 27 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

World Bank Public Seminar on Global Economic Prospects Jan. 27 Tokyo, Japan

Nature, Wealth and Power 2.0: New Tools, Ideas and Approaches for Changing the Global Environment Jan. 27 Washington D.C., United States

The African Union Commission 24th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council Jan. 27–28 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Middle East and North Africa Energy 2014: New Uncertainties and New Opportunities Jan. 27–28 London, United Kingdom

Joint ADB–WB Philippines Sanitation Financing Workshop Jan. 27–29 Manila, Philippines

The 4th ADBI-OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Building Human Capital Across Borders Jan. 27-28 Tokyo, Japan

European Parliament Committee Meetings Jan. 27–30 London, United Kingdom

Land Reform and Welfare in Vietnam: Why Gender of the Land-Rights Holder Matters Jan. 28 Washington D.C., United States

Two Days’ Specialized Training Workshops on Takaful (Islamic Insurance) Jan. 29-30 Nairobi, Kenya

Global Meeting on Data and AccountabilityJan. 29-31New York City, United States

The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest Is Good for the West Jan. 29 Washington, D.C., United States

Launch of MDGs: The Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 ‘Teaching and Learning: Achieving quality for all’ Jan. 29

First European Conference on Citizen Initiatives for Global Solidarity Jan. 30-31    Brussels, Belgium

22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government Jan. 30-31  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Keystone Symposia Meeting on The Science of Malaria EradicationFeb. 2 Mérida, México

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