5 – 6 July, 2021

We are living in an era of multiple crises – of widespread inequality, violence, poverty, climate change, the rise of extreme nationalism, racism, war, and human rights violations – which are systematically linked. Indeed, the world has seen that the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic transcends a health crisis; its impact has permeated all sectors of the global economy and is very likely to exacerbate inequality within and across countries.  

Conventionally, PhDs and early career researchers are expected to theorize, explain, predict, and suggest recommendations for their selected topics, using limited resources to conduct feasible studies. As young researchers, our attempts to fulfil our academic obligations often result in us being confined to our specific areas of study alone. Our intellectual projects provide us with in-depth knowledge and insights into the localised problems that we investigate, it is crucial that we also reflect on the implications of our work in the context of the current development practice and globalised struggles. These require building alternatives for social change, as well as our engagement with counter narratives and resistance. 

Guest Speakers and Presenters

Meet the DD17 Organising Committee

This year’s DD17 organising committee has five members. The names and photos of the organising committee members are as follows:

Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong

External Researcher

Chitrakshi Vashisht

PhD Researcher

Ilaha Abasli

PhD Researcher

Libby Lahar

PhD Researcher

Luciana dos Santos Duarte

PhD Researcher


I am very pleased to provide a testimonial for excellent development dialogue (DD) hosted at a major Development Studies Institute. My first exposure to the DD was in 2012 when I was presenting my master’s thesis. A great event for gaining insights into unpublished research. During the last eight years, I have continued my participation including chairing sessions and as a discussant. This is a great initiative that attracts researchers with diverse expertise applying multidisciplinary approaches. I loved all of it! The speakers and the discussions in all sessions I attended were exceptional. I am sure for anyone who is looking for sharing knowledge and networking, it will be a nice event, intellectually stimulating, and indeed a pleasure to do. There is always a good high-level discussion on generating knowledge and societal impacts. Of course, the success is in large due to the work of the organizers, who showed such professionalism and attention to detail.

Dr. Binyam Afewerk Demena

Post Doctoral Researcher