Sussex Development Lectures

The Sussex Development Lecture series is an opportunity to hear from leading global thinkers on development. It is jointly run by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the School of Global Studies and the Centre for International Education based at the University of Sussex and open to students, staff and members of the general public.

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Spring 2018: The Humanitarian-Development Nexus

The Sussex Development Lecture series for Spring 2018 focuses on the past, present and future relationship between humanitarian aid, and long-term development.

Achieving meaningful impacts in a global context of fragile states, conflict, environmental disasters and other acute and interconnected vulnerabilities, increasingly demands coordinated efforts by humanitarian and development actors. This is especially apparent regarding the Sustainable Development Goals, where hard-won progress can be slowed or even reversed as a result of crises and disasters. In fragile states and protracted conflicts - where the majority of the world’s poor live - the lines between development and humanitarian work are also increasingly blurred.

While there is talk of a ‘humanitarian-development nexus’, efforts towards bridging the humanitarian-development divide often remain disparate, shaped by different principles, philosophies, cultures, attitudes and mind sets, and involving complex politics

This series of lectures and panel discussions will convene senior humanitarian and development leaders, practitioners and academics to cast critical light on the shifting relationships between humanitarian aid and development, and explore how they can work better together.

Recordings of lectures

To make the series as accessible as possible we will be filming and live streaming each lecture. You can watch live on the IDS Facebook page and all recordings will be made available afterwards on the IDS website event pages.

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Past events

What has Development Done for Women in Egypt?

30 Oct 2014 Watch/Listen Again

In this Sussex Development Lecture Hania Shokalmy examines the role of women in the recent events that have taken place in Egypt, and the broader lessons that can be drawn for gender and development.

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Fairer World, Greener World: Listening to the Least Developed Countries?

23 Oct 2014 Watch/Listen Again

In this Sussex Development Lecture IIED Director Camilla Toulmin examines the role of the least developed countries in addressing inequality and sustainability

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Tracking the gender politics of the Millennium Development Goals: From the Millennium Declaration to the post-MDG consultations

16 Oct 2014 Watch/Listen Again

In this Sussex Development Lecture Professor Naila Kabeer examines the MDGs from a feminist perspective

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Equality, Sustainability, Security: Interlaced challenges in a global development era

09 Oct 2014 Watch/Listen Again

In this Sussex Development Lecture, Melissa Leach uses the ebola crisis as a lens to talk about a new integrated approach to addressing issues of equality, sustainability and security.

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Framing Development: From Assistance to Global Justice

02 Oct 2014 Watch/Listen Again

In this Sussex Development Lecture, Professor Andrea Cornwall discusses the changing framing of development

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The effects of religious fundamentalism in developing countries

22 May 2014

Emeritus Professor at Utrectht University and former IDS fellow and Academic Director, Emanuel de Kadt reflects on the influence of religion and religious organisations on development.

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The Global Development Crisis and the Possibilities of Labour-Centred Development

13 Mar 2014 Watch/Listen Again

Dr Ben Selwyn examines the concept of labour-centred development as an alternative to the current model of development which seeks to integrate the poor into the global capitalist system

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India's Malnutrition Puzzles: What are they and why they should not be a distraction from action

06 Mar 2014 Watch/Listen Again

IDS Director, Lawrence Haddad, examines the persistent challenge of malnutrition in India and assesses what more can be done to effectively tackle the challenge.

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Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media

21 Jan 2014 Watch/Listen Again

Sussex Development Lecture by Michael Woolcock, Harvard Kennedy School and World Bank

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Democracy in danger: The rise of illegitimate authority

05 Dec 2013 Watch/Listen Again

Susan George explores ideas from her new book How to Win the Class War.

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