23. – 25.10.2019 | Global Development Conference: Knowledge for Sustainable Development – the Research-Policy Nexus

The Global Development Network (GDN) is hosting its 19th global development conference on the 23-25 October 2019, to facilitate the research-policy interface in pursuit of the SDGs. The conference will also mark GDN’s 20th anniversary since its launch at the Global Development Conference in 1999.

How to Participate

Take part in the  #K4SD International Youth Competition, and win €1000 and a chance to attend the Conference in Bonn.
General registrations now open.

GDN has kept pace with changes in the development research landscape through its activities, and its conferences in Bonn, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi, Dakar, St Petersburg, Beijing, Brisbane, Kuwait, Prague, Bogota, Budapest, Manila, Accra, Casablanca, and Lima.

In Bonn, four interrelated conference themes will be discussed:

  • From research to sustainable development action: interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing, evidence brokering
  • The global and shared challenges of sustainable development: migration, climate change, health, etc.
  • Next frontier challenges: Big Data, AI, digital transformation
  • Greater local ownership and sustainability: implications for research policies and funding

The program will last two-and-a-half days, during which each of the themes will be addressed in 90-minute plenaries, followed by a more in-depth discussion of the various subthemes in parallel sessions, with panelists and papers selected through competitive calls. Other features will include special keynotes, awards, posters, and side events.


The global conference in Bonn will ask how to strengthen the capacity of the current system of development research to meet new development challenges and facilitate sustainability. It will showcase high level, truly inclusive evidence-based debates on current development challenges and priorities. It will share knowledge for development by highlighting innovative, high-quality, original and topical research on development, and providing developing and transition countries with a voice in shaping global policy debates on sustainable development.


The conference will be held in Bonn, Germany at the World Conference Center (WCC).


GDN is partnering with the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/ Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB), and the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security, under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GDN invites other organizations who share their vision on knowledge for development, to propose and support sessions, prizes, displays, travel and other elements that go into making a conference a marvelous learning and networking opportunity.

The conference will target 400 participants, drawn from a diverse group of researchers, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners and the private sector. Because it is being held in Bonn, we expect high-level German and other European dignitaries to attend.

A high-level Scientific Committee is recommending and validating speakers, papers, and sessions, selected through open calls.

More information

Source: Notification Global Development Network, June 2019