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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For all other information please contact Sarah King at or on +44 (0)1273 915649

Past events

Inequality and Gresham’s Law: Does the bad drive out the good?

28 Nov 2013 Watch/Listen Again

In this lecture co-architect of the original MDGs, Jan Vandemoortele, examines whether addressing inequalities must take priority over poverty reduction.

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Rethinking finance for development in the light of the global financial crisis

10 Apr 2013 Watch/Listen Again

Stephany Griffith-Jones explores how development finance needs to evolve in response to the ongoing global financial crisis.

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Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?

20 Mar 2013

World Bank Lead Economists, Ghazala Mansuri and Vijayendra Rao examine the effectiveness of donor-led efforts to promote local participatory development

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New Religious Practices and Politics in Contemporary India

27 Feb 2013 Watch/Listen Again

Dr Nandini Gooptu, Head of International Development at Oxford University gives Sussex Development lecture.

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Perspectives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

20 Feb 2013 Watch/Listen Again

Richard Morgan from Unicef provides an insight into his work on the post 2015 agenda and what replaces the Millennium Development Goals

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Building health workforce capacity for scaling up nutrition in high burden countries

30 Jan 2013

Dr Paul Amuna, Principal Lecturer/Programme Leader, MSc Nutritional Science, Greenwich University to give Sussex Development Lecture

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Why study development?

06 Dec 2012

Laurie Lee from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asks why study development at this Sussex Development Lecture. Lecture followed by drinks reception. All welcome

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Hans Singer Memorial Lecture

14 Nov 2012 Watch/Listen Again

Join us for the Hans Singer Memorial Lecture given by Professor Jan Pronk, former Minister of Development Cooperation in the Netherlands and Deputy General Secretary, UNCTAD.

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MDGs: A race against time

01 Dec 2011
5 to 6.30pm, Chichester Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex. Lecture followed by drinks reception. All welcome.
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