Conference Agenda

GDN's 17th Global Development Conference, "Education for Development: Quality & Inclusion for changing Global Human Capital Needs" was held on the 17th & 18th of March in Lima, Peru.

Please download the final the agenda below

Short Versions: Agenda EnglishAgenda Spanish

Detailed Agenda in English [with speaker bios and session summaries]

A few highlights

The conference registration began at 8.00 am on the first day.

The conference opened at 9.00 am.

In the opening ceremony, we heard from:

Alan Winters, Unversity of Sussex & GDN Board, Miguel Jaramillo, Executive Director of GRADE, Pierre Jacquet, President of the Global Development Network, Elsa del Castillo, Rector of Universidad del Pacifico, Anwar Choudhury, British Ambassador to Peru and Jaime Saavedra, Minister of Education, Peru

There were four plenaries over the two day session:

  • Skills for Tomorrow, chaired by Indermit Gill from the World Bank & GDN Board
  • Education Policy & Finance, chaired by Aberto Rodriguez, World Bank Director for Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela
  • Enhancing Education Outcomes, chaired by Guillermo Perry, Universidad de los Andes & GDN Board 
  • Research & Policy, chaired by Miguel Jaramillo, GRADE

There were 16 parallel sessions, on a variety of topics related to the above themes.

Topics included skills for life and work, enhancement of teachers' status and education quality, using synthesized evidence to improve education policy and programming, evidence in education policy, achieving quality and inclusion in higher education, monitoring and evaluation for education policy, assessing inclusion in education and mechanisms to promote it, gender, education and the labor market, the role of community in education for development, risks and opportunities for Latin America's Ninis, strong schools in Latin America and the Caribbean Region, as well as higher education and job training.

A big attraction was when finalists from the Japanese Awards contested for two cash prizes. One prize was for outstanding research on development, and the other is for the most innovative development project. Each contest occured in a distinct parallel session on Day 1. Prizes were awarded at the closing plenary on Day 2, starting at 5 pm. See results here

Two of GDN's research projects featured prominently at the conference, with their own dedicated sessions: 

  • Doing Research: Assessing the Environment for Social Science Research in Developing countries
  • Small is Beautiful? Piloting change in research capacity building in least developed countries 

The closing keynote was provided by Jamie Saavedra, Minister of Education, Peru


The conference is being held in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Peru and the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE)


Watch Miguel Jaramillo, Executive Director of GRADE, GDN's partner organization, explain in Spanish why the upcoming Education Conference in Peru is worth going to.

Have you downloaded the new GDN Conference App? Check out this film on your smart phone !