Conference 2021

Annual Conference 2021

Join this flagship event exploring how global development and humanitarian actors can walk the talk on climate, equity and wellbeing.

The growing imperative: climate action, well-being and equity

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Session Information​​​​​​

Day 1

a)  Innovating together for a green, sustainable future:

With great challenges come great opportunities. In this session, our participants will be speaking to how their work relies, and thrives, on innovation in the face of climate change. Chaired by Stephanie Terreni Brown, Managing Director at Clean Water Wave, our global panel will include solar power innovator Ainslie Chinembiri, Director at Chitendai; Dorcas Amoh-Mensah, Advisory Lead at Challenges Ghana; Maggie Ngwira, Programme Coordinator at Climate Challenge Programme Malawi; and Matt Kennedy, Associate Director for Arup Ireland's Carbon and Climate Change Team.

b) The Wellbeing conundrum: Linking global and national wellbeing

This session will delve into the challenges of measuring national and global wellbeing, the importance of considering wellbeing from a range of different perspectives and will seek to draw lessons from elsewhere to help contribute to Scotland’s proposed Wellbeing and Sustainable development legislation.   The session will be skilfully facilitated by Jimmy Paul Director of  Scotland’s Wellbeing Economy Alliance, and will include Sophie Howe,  future generations commissioner for the government of Wales; Dr Caspar Kaiser, from Oxford University’s Wellbeing Research Centre; and Ndivile Mokoena, Project Coordinator at Gender CC Southern Africa.


Day 2

a) Walking the Talk: Sustainability practices and challenges in our own organisations

Aligning with and taking forward issues discussed  around COP26 and climate justice, “Walking the Talk” will explore how we are translating good intentions and commitments to reduce our impact on the planet into actions, approaches and strategies to implement real change inside organisations in the development sector. We will look at different approaches, identify what has worked well and explore the barriers to putting climate action commitments into practice. This session will be chaired by Yankho Mataya, WaterAid's Regional Funding Manager for Southern Africa, and will feature Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society; Jean de Dieu, Director of Programmes at Children of Rwanda; Danny Chivers, a climate change researcher, activist and performance poet, and more.

b) Tackling the Talk: How do we ensure decolonisation & anti-racism are embedded in our systems, language and imagery?

This session will delve into the colonial roots of the global development and humanitarian sectors and challenge us all to reflect more deeply on how to change the systems we operate within. Speakers will bring their insight into the importance of imagery and language, while also asking difficult questions on organisational practice. Ultimately, this session will provide a space for discussion and learning to help us all chart a path towards a truly anti-raicst and decolonial future for global development. Chaired by Lena Bheeroo, Engagement and Equity manager at Bond, and featuring Lola Ayanda, Communications Coordinator for ActionAid Nigeria; Andres Gomez de la Torre Berrara, Programme and Policy director at CARE International UK; Taahra Ghazi, Deputy Director of Communications at ActionAid UK; and Colin Reilly,  Senior Research Officer in Department of Language and Linguistics at University of Essex. 


A sneak preview of some of the fantastic speakers that will be facilitating and leading sessions at the conference, bringing their unique skills and perspective on global climate action, well-being and equity.

Network, Learn, Grow

Following the learning from #AllianceSummit2020, we know how hard the global development sector has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and have listened to many of you share how isolated it has been to run international organisations over the past eighteen months. 

At #AllianceSummit2021, we will create an inclusive, interactive space that encourages engagement, relationship-building and well-being through networking sessions, chatrooms, yoga classes, and more. 

The conference will be built on the Swapcard platform, a virtual event software that prioritises simple user experience and community-building. Watch this video to check out their platform.

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Open to both non-members and members of Scotland's International Development Alliance, this interactive online event will will explore how actors in the sector, and beyond, walk the talk on climate, equity and wellbeing and how we might change the way we operate and the way we work with others.

With special thanks to our headline sponsors:


The StoneX Global Payments team specialises in helping global development organisations, corporations and banks transfer funds across borders quickly, efficiently and transparently.


WaterAid bring clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to communities all over the world. They support grassroots policy makers and work with global governments to change laws and create lasting change.

and to our associate sponsors:

Challenges Group

The Challenges Group is an international business development consultancy that specializes in working with small and medium-sized enterprises, offering effective and impactful business solutions to global challenges.

Featuring exhibition stalls from:

Send a Cow - Send a Cow is a force for change in rural Africa. They help people grow their own futures – on their own land, on their own terms.

Link Education - Link is Scotland’s leading international education charity, working to improve the futures of people living in some of the most marginalised communities in the world

Climate Challenge Programme Malawi - The CCPM is a Scottish Government initiative helping rural communities in Malawi find innovative solutions to problems caused by climate change.

Ecologia Youth Trust - Ecologia Youth Trust aims to make positive changes to the lives of children and young people around the world who start off life at a disadvantage.

Mishwar - Mishwar is a small children’s charity living and working in north Lebanon who work with refugee youth and locals, providing support through community-driven initiatives that are creative, empowering and playful.

Glasgow Caledonia University - Climate Justice Programme - The Centre for Climate Justice is a Glasgow Caledonian University research centre dedicated to achieving meaningful social change.

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