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Stronger together: Partnerships for the Global Goals

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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Please note: This event is for professionals working with international development in an NGO, International Organization or funding body, or in academia.


Global challenges, collaborative solutions

Climate change, poverty, the Covid-19 pandemic – the biggest global challenges we currently face call for collaborative solutions. For far too long, international development actors have been operating in silos and often in competition with each other. In order to reach the elusive Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we need more collaboration and stronger partnerships between actors in international development. We need to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, and benefit from each other’s strengths. This means that inclusive cooperation needs to be put at the heart of our way of working. In the wake of the global pandemic, collaboration between sectors and organisations will become more important than ever.


Our speakers

This event will bring together academics, representatives from international organisations and NGO professionals.


Fernando Lavadenz is Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank with more than 30 years of experience working in 22 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia, and Africa, in areas including health systems strengthening, health policy, governance and public health, service delivery, results-based financing, maternal and child health, public-private partnerships, School Health and Non-Communicable Diseases. He has participated in the preparation of over 30 health and multi-sector projects at the World Bank. He worked at the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO), as a health systems advisor, and held several positions in academic institutions as well as in the Government of Bolivia. He was Chief of Cabinet (Vice Minister equivalent) to the Ministry of Health, the General Manager of Health Sector Reform, the General Director of Health Insurance, and the National Director of Hospitals.


Donald Bundy is Professor of Epidemiology and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He has worked for more than 30 years on the role of school-health and nutrition programmes in the development of school-age children and adolescents, especially in poor countries. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in London, the World Food Programme in Rome, and the World Bank in Washington DC. Before joining LSHTM in 2018, he held senior positions in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank. Donald founded the Partnership for Child Development in 1992, which was recognized as best practice in the UK Parliamentary Review 2019.


Louisa Gosling works in the International Programmes Department of WaterAid in a team that provides thematic support to country programmes. She has led on a process for strengthening partnership practice across different teams in WaterAid. Effective collaboration is essential for achieving WaterAid’s vision of universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and works in partnership with a large number and great variety of stakeholders at national and international levels. Louisa is also the Chair of the Rural Water Supply Network, which brings together over 11,000 members working on different aspects of rural water supply across the globe to share experience and learning. Louisa has been at WaterAid since 2010 and worked in international development for over 30 years.


Additional speakers to be confirmed.



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