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GDN's 18th Annual Global Development Conference on

Science, Technology and Innovation for Development


GDN's 18th Annual Global Development Conference, titled Science, Technology and Innovation for Development. 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 Challenges, Sustainable Agriculture, and Skills, Employment and Industrial Transformation.

The conference will also host the 17th edition of the Global Development Awards Competition, organized around the theme of "Skills Development and Employment Generation," generously supported by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, through the World Bank.



To identify pathways for progress in science, technology and innovation systems, to promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for the direct benefit of people in developing countries. 

The gobal 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. 



March 22 23, 2018, at the ISID Complex in New Delhi, India.



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 December 31, 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.



The Global Development Network is holding the conference in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration and the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development

The Campbell Collaboration promotes positive social and economic change through the production and use of systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis for evidence-based policy and practice. The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) is a national-level policy research organization in the public domain and is affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). The Global Development Network (GDN) is  a public international organization that supports high-quality, policy-oriented, social science research in developing and transition countries to promote better lives.



The conference will 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. It will present state-of-the-art initiatives that have a direct impact on development outcomes, by fostering South-South academic collaboration on the Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) agenda and attempting to mainstream science, technology and innovation into global development debates.

Organizers will provide networking spaces for global actors, facilitate debates and discussion as well as publish a series of briefs on STI for development, emerging from the conference. Other features include a research exhibition, an awards competition, a blog launch, a networking event and more.

For more information, please contact Neha Jagatdeb at conference@gdn.int. To share this information with those who may be interested, please share this A5 Flyer and one-page pdf about the conference. Join the conversation on twitter, using the hashtags #STI4D #GDN 



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