IDS Alumni Ambassadors from across the global south have been holding events around the Sustainable Development Goals to mark IDS’ 50th year.
Some of the attendees at the IDS Alumni event in Kenya (Photo credit: Collins Aseka)
From Kenya to Nepal, Mexico and Tanazania, each event has a shared discussion theme: How can low-middle income countries respond effectively to the Sustainable Development Goals and are there knowledge gaps and research capacity issues that need to be addressed?
Alumni Ambassadors have been convening notable speakers from national government representatives to prominent INGOs, as well as large numbers of attendees from IDS’ alumni network.
Overall there are 10 events (full list below), with four completed and six yet to come. The events are all leading up to the highlight of IDS’ 50th anniversary year – the States, Markets and Society conference in July – where five of the Alumni Ambassadors will lead a discussion to share their findings with conference delegates, including academics, policy makers, government officials and donor agencies.
- 8 May, Ghana Alumni Ambassador: Ronald Adamtey
- 13 May, São Paulo, Brazil (in partnership with CEBRAP) Alumni Ambassador: James Allen
- 2 June, Abuja, Nigeria Alumni Ambassador: Maureen Onyeiwu
Other IDS alumni events with dates yet to be confirmed will be taking place in Myanmar and Nigeria and later in the year in Bangladesh.
- 19 March, Nairobi, Kenya with Alumni Ambassador: Collins Aseka – The role of Kenya’s devolution process in implementing the SDGs
- 1 April, Kathmandu, Nepal with Alumni Ambassador: Jimmy Lama – Applying lessons from the MDGs to the SDGs in Nepal
- 21/22 April, Mexico City, Mexico with Alumni Ambassador: Roberto Castellanos
- 26 April, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with Alumni Ambassador: Mary Kalavo