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Stronger together: Partnerships for the Global Goals

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

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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.


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.



Dr Romina Istratii is a Research Associate at the Department of Development Studies and the Centre of World Christianity, SOAS University of London. She is a critical international development thinker and practitioner with a decade’s experience in reflexive, decolonial and community-centred methodologies for researching and addressing issues with gender dimensions in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Istratii is also SOAS’s GCRF Officer, concentrating on improving processes in building international collaborative research with partners in Asia and Africa.  In parallel, she has been an active member of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group since 2016, initiating the Decolonising Research Initiative on behalf of the SOAS Research Directorate in 2019.

View her presentation here: LIDC presentation – Romina Istratii



John Young is the Executive Director of the International Network for Advancing Science and Policy (INASP), which works with partners in the North and South towards “research and knowledge at the heart of development”. Before that he worked for 17 years at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) developing and leading work to promote greater use of research in development policy and practice. Prior to that he spent nearly 20 years based in Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia developing, implementing and testing new approaches to rural development and decentralized public services. Starting as a VSO volunteer in 1982 he has experienced more or less every sort of international research and development partnership there is, from more or less every perspective, and equitable partnerships are a key value underpinning all of INASPs work.

View his presentation here: LIDC Presentation – John Young


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