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  • Date and time: Monday 29 June 2020, 3pm to 5pm
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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The coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented effect on global development. But could this time be both unprecedented and liminal? Could it offer us a unique opportunity to rethink the Development Industry and how we approach the business of development? And what might that look like? Or will we all return to ‘business as usual’?

Christine Wallace chairs a panel discussion to explore the impact of Covid-19 on the Global Development industry and discuss the challenges presented by Covid-19 to the business of development. This workshop will explore these questions from the viewpoints of five speakers from different aspects of the ‘development industry’.


Dr Rita Bissoonauth
Rita holds a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lyon, France and a Ph.D. Education from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. She presently heads the African Union International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Before moving to Ouagadougou, she was a Senior Policy Officer in Education for five years at African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. She also worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius and the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada teaching Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Science Education.

Dr Joanne Bosworth
Joanne is UNICEF’s Chief of Public Finance and Local Governance based in New York where she leads UNICEF’s global programmatic work to support the development and resourcing of equitable social policies to realise children’s rights.  She has over twenty years’ experience of development work with UNICEF, DFID and international NGOs on poverty and inequality, economic and social rights.  As UNICEF’s Regional Advisor on Social Policy in Europe and Central Asia  she supported governments and partners to design and implement social programmes to tackle child poverty.  She has also supported national planning and social protection programmes in several countries in East Africa.

Dr Nicholas Burnett
Nick has over 30 years experience in Development, particularly in the education sector. His last position was leading the global education portfolio at Results for Development (R4D), but his distinguished career includes spells with UNESCO, the World Bank, the British government and his own consulting firm. At UNESCO, before becoming Assistant Director-General for Education, he was Director of the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report, an independent team responsible for monitoring progress toward the EFA goals and the education Millennium Development Goals. At the World Bank, where he worked for 20 years, particularly on Africa and on the Caribbean, he was responsible for the Bank’s 1995 education policy paper and managed its education, health and social protection work in West and Central Africa from 1997-2000 with a portfolio of about $2 billion.

Jonathan Glennie
Jonathan is a writer, researcher, consultant and practitioner on international poverty and human rights. He was previously Director of the Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Centre, Director of Policy and Research at Save the Children UK and Country Director of Christian Aid in Colombia. Between 2010-2014, he led the work of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on the future of aid and development cooperation and has also worked with DFID, OECD, EU, UN agencies, USAID, the Gates Foundation, and all manner of official, academic and civil society entities across the world.

John Young
John is Executive director of INASP which aims to support Southern individuals and institutions to produce, share and use research and knowledge, which can transform lives. Previously, John was head of the RAPID (Research and Policy in Development) programme at ODI, a global leader on the research-policy interface. He has worked extensively in Africa and Asia; managing the DFID Decentralised Livestock Services in the Eastern Regions of Indonesia (DELIVERI) project, and 11 years developing and testing new approaches to village animal healthcare. He also managed the Practical Action country programme in Kenya.


Christine Wallace
Christine is a consultant in International Development, with 30 years experience spanning from NGO work on relief and rehabilitation, managing area-based development programmes with UN agencies, advising governments on sector policies with DFID, to policy development with DFID and the European Union. Although previously based in Africa, South East Asia and China, during the last ten years, she has been based in Europe and has worked mainly on international education policy, programme management and monitoring and evaluation. She was responsible for the EU Education policy paper: More and Better Education and chaired the International Task Force for Teachers for Education For All. She also led the £800m DFID-funded Girls' Education Challenge which aims to ensure millions of marginalised girls are able to attend school, learn and improve their life chances.

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