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The next Cambridge-Africa Day will be held on Tuesday 1st May 2018. Note the date and join us for our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Beyond do no harm: should conservation seek to be pro-poor?

A series of talks and panel discussion focusing on poverty and conservation, chaired by journalist Fred Pearce and hosted at the IIED offices London (80-86 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8NH)

Thursday 7th December 2017: 18.30-20.30hrs. Doors from 18.00pm.

- Adrian Martin/Ina Lehmann: Philosophical perspectives on the pro-poor governance of ecosystem services

- Dilys Roe/Phil Franks: From pro-poor to equitable conservation
- Janet Fisher: Contemporary perspectives on poverty in conservation organisations
- Chris Sandbrook: What do 7000 conservation professionals think about conservation and people? Results from the future of conservation survey

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Parasitic and Neglected Tropical Disease Network

Wednesday 13th December, 5pm-7pm, Downing College (Howard Drawing Room)

Meet researchers interested in infectious disease/immunology and global health from across all six Schools of the University of Cambridge


Join us for this timely webinar with Dr Tristan Kershaw as he gives an overview of his IOP ebook Climate Resilience in Urban Environments. This new book is one of the first to look at the resilience of whole cities as the world?s population has changed from 70% rural to 70% urban in the space of just 100 years. It looks at risks for urban areas, including those risks to human health as well as building integrity.

The webinar will last 45 minutes and will include a live Q&A session. Live online December 4th at 3 pm UK time or afterwards on demand.

CECAN Seminar: Evaluation in follow up and review processes of the SDGs: future vision and current practice

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015 puts follow-up and review processes at the heart of global and national efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It says the follow-up and review processes will be informed by country-led evaluations and data which is high-quality, accessible, timely and reliable.

Stefano D’Errico, will be talking about the role and current use of evaluation in assessing the SDGs and will present findings from research conducted by IIED and EVALSDGs on M&E processes reported by the Voluntary National Reviews submitted by  64 countries to the High Level Political Forum in 2016 and 2017.

UN Environment Free online Course – Global Framework for a pollution-free planet

This 4-hour self-paced course covers the impact and cost of pollution on the planet and on your own life. It describes the international response to the challenges posed by pollution, including the role of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and the opportunity offered by the Sustainable Development Goals.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate from UN Environment.

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Co-creation for Global Challenges 

The following events are part of the focus of Global Challenges Initiative in facilitating the dialogue and co-creation between Cambridge researchers and end-users in the developing world. 

Workshop on User-Centred Design in Developing World Contexts – 10th January (application deadline: 15th December). This workshop will introduce the principles of user-centred design and explore the specific challenges and opportunities that commonly arise when using this approach to co-create innovative responses to global challenges. The workshop is open to post-graduates and early career researchers, from different research backgrounds, interested in user-centred design for the benefit of the bottom half of the world’s population. To apply please send a CV (max. 2 pages) and a letter of motivation outlining your interest and how you hope to apply learnings from the workshop to Sophie Mower ( 

Masterclass in Design Methods for Global Challenges – 11th January. This Masterclass will explore the similarities and differences between particular disciplinary approaches to co-creation with end-users in developing world contexts. One-to-one discussions between expert practitioners from different disciplinary and practitioner communities and established Cambridge researchers in fields within the EPSRC remit will be organized. To register for the event, please complete the online form.

Please note that a Technology for Development Graduate Sandpit – 15th January (application deadline: 11th December), aimed at Graduate students and Early Career Researchers, will take place after these two co-creation-oriented events. Winning teams of the competition sandpit will be awarded bursaries to undertake field trips to develop and test their ideas in real developing world situations. Please apply by completing the application form and submitting a CV (max. 2 pages) to

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