Evidence for Development: What Works Global Summit

Date: 18 Oct 2021 - 27 Oct 2021
Time: 12:00am

Event Type: Conference

18 to 27 October 2021

The Evidence for Development: What Works Global Summit 2021 is a free online conference co-hosted by the Global Development Network (GDN) and the Campbell Collaboration. The conference is sponsored by the American Institutes for Research, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). Register and login to the Hopin platform to access the conference programme.

The Campbell Collaboration and the Global Development Network have joined hands to co-host a flagship event for this year. Please register now!

Titled, ‘Evidence for Development: What Works Global Summit 2021,’ the conference will target 400 participants, drawn from a diverse group of researchers, evaluators, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners and the private sector. The call for proposals for this event is now closed, with 226 proposals received.

Registrations to attend this online conference are now open. Also see our programme at a glance (please refresh your browser for updates).

The conference will cover a number of themes and events:



  • Innovative approaches to knowledge brokering
  • Measuring Impact
  • Innovative approaches to impact evaluation and evidence synthesis
  • Assessing evidence claims
  • Climate change, biodiversity and development
  • Health-environment-economic wellbeing nexus
  • Inequality and social inclusion
  • Building resilience
  • Social protection
  • Mental health
  • Better business practices
  • Transitions (social, environmental, energy, political, economic) 
  • AI, big data, machine learning and development
  • Industrial policy and productivity
  • Youth employment
  • Quality of education
  • Crime and justice
  • Child protection
  • Governance and accountability
  • Parallel sessions in a range of formats to encourage broad participation
  • Rapid fire presentation sessions of the latest evidence for development
  • An online poster session and presentations of competitively selected short videos
  • A conference expo with information about the conference organizers and sponsors
  • Virtual coffee table chat sessions for networking
  • Plenary sessions by leaders in the field of evidence for development


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