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18th Annual Global Development Conference



GDN's 18th Annual Global Development Conference, titled 'Science, Technology and Innovation for Development,' will be held in New Delhi on 22-23 March, 2018. The conference will be a forum where global actors from governments, research, private sector and civil society can share knowledge and practices on innovative initiatives to address the development challenges of today and tomorrow. Discussions will enable progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thematic focus of the conference is threefold: Global Health ChallengesSustainable Agriculture, and Skills, Employment & Industrial Transformation.

The global community's approach towards the pursuit of development has shifted from mere economic development to sustainable development – i.e., development that is climate resilient, promotes health for all, uses clean energy, provides decent jobs and uses technological solutions for environment friendly industrialization through partnerships between governments, private sector and the civil society. The new approach calls for new pathways of development with focused attention on knowledge systems that can enable the production, diffusion and adoption of innovation and technology.

Science, technology and innovation (STI) impact our lives in many different ways. From the fast changes taking place in the digital sphere of the economy, to the anticipated shifts on the labor markets through vastly altered demand for skills, the impact of STI can also be seen on global, national and regional policies, the business environment and the understanding of knowledge systems. Innovation has clear implications for development in sectors such as health, agriculture, and industry, and it has become the key driver of growth in the knowledge economy.

The conference will take stock of this debate, and discuss the ways forward to enable the use of Scence, Technology and Innovation to enable progress for development. It is being held in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration and the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development

Submit session proposals by 31 December 2017

GDN and its partners invite developing country researchers, policymakers, the private sector and civil society actors to submit proposals for presentations or full sessions to be showcased in the conference. Presentations and full sessions should feature examples of research, programs and policies that either develop innovation as a thematic axis or concretely use technological progress to improve life conditions and well-being in developing countries. Proposals can be submitted here, by 31 December, 2017. 

The conference is also a prized networking event for researchers and development actors. We welcome interested participants to pre-register as a conference attendee here.

See the Guidelines to Attend and Participate here.

For more information write to Neha Jagatdeb at