Harvard International Development Conference


Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8:00am to 10:00pm


Science Center
For over 20 years, the International Development Conference (IDC) has offered a world-class forum for discussion and exploration of new trends in the international development world. The conference is a thriving platform for students, practitioners, and academics to engage with one another and share innovative ideas. Each year the conference attracts over 500 participants, inspiring new connections and encouraging rich discussion about the best way to address some of the most pressing problems of our time. In recent years, the IDC has had the privilege of hosting Ban Ki-Moon, Felipe Calderón, Martin Wolf, Daron Acemoglu and Abhijit Banerjee.
This year, the IDC will explore instances of success in development and opportunities for progress. The field of international development has seen more than its fair share of failure. The study of this failure has become central to the development field, and rightly so, but there is also a great deal to learn from success and innovation.

This year's conference will explore three broad topics:

  • Track I looks at what success means, how we measure it, and how to improve the use of evidence.
  • Track II brings entrepreneurs, policymakers, and innovators together to discuss the best ways of promoting private sector growth, whether it be through big business or small enterprises.
  • Track III explores the opportunities presented by multi-sector collaboration in a wide range of fields including agriculture, female representation, and urbanization.

The sister-conference, the Global Entrepreneurship & Policy Conference (GEPC), will take place the following day on April 3rd. This conference will complement IDC’s tracks by exploring how the collaboration between entrepreneurship and policy can catalyze future innovation and development in emerging markets. The intersection of government and entrepreneurs is little known, growing…and brimming with potential. IDC participants can buy discounted tickets for both events at the following link: http://harvardidc.com/registration-2