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ODI 50th Anniversary Development Debate: International development – the next 20 years

Time (GMT +01) 12:00 14:00

Dr Alison Evans, Director, ODI

Dr Nemat (Minouche) Shafik, Permanent Secretary, DFID UK
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation
Dr Linda Yueh, Fellow in Economics at Oxford University and Director of the China Growth Centre
Mr Rakesh Rajani, Founder of Twaweza ni sisi

Jon Snow, Broadcaster and journalist, Channel 4 News


The context for development has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. Developing countries are part of a multi-polar economy in which wealth and power are shifting and the drivers of growth and development are increasingly moving south-south. The geography of poverty is also shifting as more countries graduate to middle-income status. New risks and uncertainties have intensified the search for more resilient and inclusive models of development and turned our attention away from traditional aid relationships to the potential for business, new forms of partnership and for social enterprise in seeking and financing development solutions for the next generation.

This anniversary development debate considered the following key questions for development:

  • What will drive development in the next 20 years.
  • What opportunities and challenges face the next generation?
  • What do we know about what is working and what does it mean to scale and sustain these successes going forward?
  • And with what metrics will we be measuring development progress in 2030?