oxford forum for international development

About

Beyond Pledges: Delivering Change in an Inclusive world

OxFID is truly one of a kind: a major international development conference organized entirely by a group of students passionate about making an impact. We envision a world where a diverse range of stakeholders are engaged in dialogue and collaboration to pursue more impactful solutions to global problems.

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Our Vision:

is a world where all stakeholders from students, researchers and young professionals to policymakers, practitioners and thought leaders are engaged in dialogue and collaboration across sectors to pursue more inclusive and impactful solutions.

Our Mission:

is to facilitate collaboration between all stakeholders in International Development by starting conversations through a conference.

Theory of Change

Activities

Outputs

• Organise an annual International Development conference in Oxford.

• Invite and secure 25+ speakers and guests including policymakers, practitioners, thought leaders and experts in both private and public sectors.

• Coordinate keynote addresses, panels, debates roundtable discussions and workshops.

• Provide networking opportunities for students and speakers.

• 400+ guests, most of whom are students, researchers and young professionals attend the conference.

Attendees, including students:

• engage in discourse on the most pertinent global issues;

• meet leaders and innovators in the field;

• acquire connections with like-minded individuals.

Outcomes

Dual Impacts

Attendees, including students:

• Develop a comprehensive understanding of global issues, policies and debates surrounding them and the complexities of offering practical solutions.
• Are inspired to learn more about development, take action towards achieving the SDGs and consider careers with an impact.

Speakers and partners:
• Benefit from involving future leaders in the conversation and shaping their understanding of current problems and solutions.
• And partners attract young talent to global development institutions and organisations,
• Network with policymakers and professionals in public and private sectors to share knowledge, foster dialogue and enable cooperation.

1. Attendees, including students are inspired and empowered to engage in international development policy and practice.

2. Speakers, including policymakers and practitioners, are able to engage in dialogue with researchers, young professionals, students and colleagues from other sectors to pursue more inclusive and impactful solutions through cooperation.

Activities

Outputs

Outcomes

Dual Impacts

• Organise an annual International Development conference in Oxford.

• Invite and secure 25+ speakers and guests including policymakers, practitioners, thought leaders and experts in both private and public sectors.

• Coordinate keynote addresses, panels, debates roundtable discussions and workshops.

• Provide networking opportunities for students and speakers.

• 400+ guests, most of whom are students, researchers and young professionals attend the conference.

Attendees, including students:

• engage in discourse on the most pertinent global issues;

• meet leaders and innovators in the field;

• acquire connections with like-minded individuals.

Attendees, including students:

• Develop a comprehensive understanding of global issues, policies and debates surrounding them and the complexities of offering practical solutions.
• Are inspired to learn more about development, take action towards achieving the SDGs and consider careers with an impact.

Speakers and partners:
• Benefit from involving future leaders in the conversation and shaping their understanding of current problems and solutions.
• And partners attract young talent to global development institutions and organisations,
• Network with policymakers and professionals in public and private sectors to share knowledge, foster dialogue and enable cooperation.

1. Attendees, including students are inspired and empowered to engage in international development policy and practice.

2. Speakers, including policymakers and practitioners, are able to engage in dialogue with researchers, young professionals, students and colleagues from other sectors to pursue more inclusive and impactful solutions through cooperation.

Beyond Pledges: Delivering Change in an Inclusive world
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Previous conferences

OxFID2019 explored the theme of ‘Piecing the Puzzle’ through connecting new and old development approaches. The conference took place in the Said Business School, hosted 23 world-class speakers and was attended by 317 students and young professionals.‘Governance and Conflict’, ‘Global Health and HumanRights’ and ‘Climate Justice and Development’ were some of the panel titles.

OxFID 2018, tackled the idea of a ‘Divided World’, considered the causes for division and the potential for unity and cooperation in a new age of development. The conference took place in the Mathematical Institute, hosted 28 world-class speakers, and was attended by 391 guests and included panels such as ‘Gender’,‘Digital Africa’ and ‘ Conflict and Peacebuilding’.

Previous speakers include: 

Dr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court;
Ian Goldin, Former Vice-President, World Bank;
Richard Dowden, Director, Royal African Society;
Kevin Watkins, CEO, Save the Children;
Susan Mcdade, Assistant Secretary General, UNDP;
Sir Stephen O'Brien, Former Under-Secretary General, United Nations;
Professor Lord Robert May, Former Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Government;
Kamalesh Sharma, Former Secretary General, Commonwealth of Nations;
Georges Haddad, Director, Division for Higher Education, UNESCO;
Baroness Caroline Cox, Founder and CEO, the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust;
Mark Goldring, CEO, Oxfam;
Kingsley Moghalu, Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.