Impact Sessions

The Development2030 Impact Sessions are specialised sessions run by experienced organisations on specific topics in relation to our conference theme.

In 2021 these sessions consisted of intimate discussion groups for up to 20 people to debate critical topics behind closed doors.

Previous Impact Sessions included:

Hungary Helps

Application of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus approach

Roundtable discussion with the Visegrad Group (V4) countries’ humanitarian and development government agencies.

International Location Safety (ILS)

Setting Your Risk Tolerance (workshop)

In the aid sector, we have to take risks sometimes to achieve our goals. But how do we quantify the level of risk we are willing to accept or decide which risks we can afford to take?
What is the impact of your organisation’s risk appetite on staff, programmes, funding, and reputation?

Join the ILS team in an interactive workshop that looks at the positive and negative impacts of risk taking through the lens of safety and security, and find out how to define your organisational risk tolerance and risk threshold.

International Location Safety (ILS)

Supporting Localisation Using Remote & Virtual Training (presentation)
One of the big behavioural/organisational changes brought about by the pandemic is an increased reliance on technology for learning.

As well as the environmental and financial benefits of delivering training using remote and virtual technologies, another positive outcome of this update to learning is an increased ability to support the localisation agenda. We can reach more people and much further than ever before.

Join the ILS team as they share some of the lessons they have leaned over the past year, having developed both successful web-learning and e-learning programmes for the aid sector.


You’ll never know if your duty of care is adequate until after the event – how much should you spend on staff safety?

Join Spearfish Security as they present three case studies of how risk management is delivered within international development programmes in complex environments. We will also discuss best practice from an industry perspective and conclude with a sustainable model we currently use to good effect for you to take back to your organisation.

We hope to stimulate discussion and debate, we have developed our understanding of the risks and issues in the international development sector over the last 12 years, and hope to contribute to the wider discussion.


Dan Hooton, Managing Director Spearfish Security Ltd.
Darren Kelly, Senior Security Advisor, Spearfish Security Ltd.
Rosie Turner, Head of Operations and Marketing, Spearfish Security Ltd


MZN International

The future of NGOs: How do we build the organisation we need?
The importance of data, prioritizing agile organisations, and constant learning and adapting funding principles and techniques.


Chris Meyer zu Natrup, Managing Director, MzN International


Physical and Mental Well-Being for Aid Workers: through effective security risk management

It is well known in the sector that attacks against aid-workers are increasing, but aid organisations working in medium risk contexts often consider this as a problem that affects those working only in high-risk locations. However, the importance of ensuring staff are, and feel, safe and secure is essential for their wellbeing and effectiveness regardless of the context. In addition, we have seen how contexts perceived as ‘medium risk’ can change, for example Ethiopia, and if systems and processes for security risk management (SRM) are not in place, our ability to respond to the situation and ensure staff physical and mental wellbeing is more difficult. When an organisation’s SRM approach is appropriate and embedded within the organisational culture it can build staff, team and organisational resilience as well as enabling programmes to be delivered.


Lisa Reilly, Executive Director, GISF,
Jamie Monteith, Global Security Coordinator, CAFOD