Development2030 Conference Programme

The theme for the Development2030 conference is:

The impact of COVID-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals – how has the global pandemic affected delivery of the SDGs leading up to 2030; and has it distracted us from the much bigger threat of climate change?’

Wednesday 17th November


Introduction to Development2030 by Nicholas Rutherford, Event Director, AidEx and Development2030

Opening Keynote - Perfect Storm - coronavirus and climate change

11:00 – 11:30 Wednesday 17th November
How great has the impact of COVID-19 been on climate change policy?


Should Development be merged with foreign policy and trade?

11:45 – 12:45 Wednesday 17th November

How far is it realistic to separate development from a country’s foreign policy?


Shrinking Aid and Rising Debt - how can the world fund sustainable development?

13:45- 14:45 Wednesday 17th November
Will funding levels ever return to the halcyon days of 2019 and if they don’t, what are the alternatives?


Partner session - topic TBC

15:15-16:15 Wednesday 17th November

Thursday 18th November


Management consulting v investment banking?

10:30 – 11:30 Thursday 18th November
Are large development consultants going to team up with investment banks to offer a one-stop-shop?


Keynote - How is COVID impacting Africa?

12:00 – 12:30 Thursday 18th November
Recovering from COVID what are the development opportunities for Africa?


Is Biden's US committed to the Sustainable Development Goals?

13:30 – 14:30 Thursday 18th November
US international development policy in 2021 – how much has the new administration changed its policy and outreach? What could be improved in the future?


What role can business foundations play?

15:00 – 16:00 Thursday 18th November
How can Foundations help to achieve the SDGs?