Knowledge for Sustainable Development: the Research-Policy Nexus

2019 Global Development Conference

Ort / Datum
Bonn, 23.10.2019 bis 25.10.2019


Global Development Network (GDN), 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)

The Global Development Network (GDN) hosted its 19th global development conference on the 23-25 October 2019, to facilitate the research-policy interface in pursuit of the SDGs. The conference also marked GDN's 20th anniversary since its launch at the Global Development Conference in 1999. 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 were discussed:

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

The programme lasted two-and-a-half days, during which each of the themes were 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 included special keynotes, awards, posters, and side events.

The global conference in Bonn asked how to strengthen the capacity of the current system of development research to meet new development challenges and facilitate sustainability. It showcased high level, truly inclusive evidence-based debates on current development challenges and priorities. It shared 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.


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23.10.2019 bis 25.10.2019


World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB)
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2
53113 Bonn

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