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LIDC Academics-NGOs Networking Event 'Sustainable Development Goals - An opportunity for new collaborations?' (30 September)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00

As part of our new strategy, LIDC is building links between academic research and development work undertaken by NGOs. Following an initial consultation with a group of academics and NGO representatives, we held our first Academics-NGOs Open Mic Night in December 2013. Around 90 people attended and delivered ‘flash talks’ on ‘Evaluating Development Programmes’.

Our second networking event for academics and NGOs will coincide the UN General Assembly meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2014. The proposed new goals as outlined in the UN ‘zero draft’ are currently subject of much discussion and critique. However, regardless of the final shape of the goals, the SDGs will drive development agendas of NGOs and academics alike for the years to come.

The event will also link to our new project delivered jointly with University College London (UCL): ‘Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development’. As part of the project, interdisciplinary teams of academics from Bloomsbury Colleges and UCL have been working together to critically examine interactions between sector-specific goals, looking at SDGs in an integrated, holistic manner.


The networking event aims to engage academics and NGOs in a discussion around  the new goals, to examine what opportunities for new collaborations the SDG process may bring.


The event will open with a panel of experts who will offer their views on potential ew academic-NGO collaborations that the Beyond 2015 process is likely to enable. The panel will be followed by small group discussions over drinks and nibbles.

Chairperson/ moderator: Mico Tatalovic, News Editor, SciDev.Net

Dr. Andy Guise, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); International HIV/ AIDS Alliance
Andrew Griffiths, Head of Advocacy, Sightsavers; Co-Chair, Beyond 2015
David Skinner, Director, Education Global Initiative, Save the Children
Dr. Deborah Johnston, Reader in Development Economics , SOAS, University of London
Bernadette Fischler, International Development Policy Adviser - WWF UK

Who should attend

The event will bring together academics and NGO specialists working in the areas of health, education and food & nutrition security. PhD students are encouraged to attend.

Eventbrite - LIDC Academics-NGOs Networking Event ‘Working Together Towards Sustainable Development Goals’



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