Past Event


Building successful social enterprises to tackle global challenges

17 October 2019 17:30–18:30

IDS Convening Space Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton.

As part of the Sussex Development Lecture series on Global development challenges: towards a politics of hope,  IDS and the University of Sussex are delighted to welcome British Council UK Alumni Award Winners, to speak about their work on health and sustainable livelihoods, towards tackling global challenges.

IDS and Sussex alumni, Mamunur Rahman and Réjane Woodroffe won British Council UK Alumni Awards, that recognise the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education.


  • Mamunur Rahman, IDS alum, was awarded the Entrepreneurialism prize for his innovation that transforms leftover clothing material into sanitary towels. ‘Ella Pads’ support more than 50,000 women with improved health, hygiene and employment opportunities as the pads are made by women for women.
  • Réjane Woodroffe, who studied an MSc in Development Economics in 2004/2005 at the University of Sussex, won the Social Impact Award at the British Council’s global Study UK Alumni Awards for her work as the Director and co-founder of the award-winning Bulungula Incubator.

This event is organised in partnership with the University of Sussex Development and Alumni Relations Office and the British Council.