For over 70 years Wilton Park has brought together the brightest minds in dialogue, sharing expertise to help address the most challenging issues of the time.

Our dialogues create the networks and long lasting relationships that have helped to unlock some of the most intractable and difficult global challenges. Here are just a few examples of where we have catalysed much needed change.










Human rights, good governance and faith

Building a shared agenda on prevention of violence against women and girls

In May 2019, Wilton Park hosted a dialogue on building a shared agenda on the prevention of violence against women and girls.

  • Shared lessons learnt from the Department for International Development’s What Works to Prevent Violence which had halved levels of physical and sexual violence by men against their partners in pilot communities.
  • Informed the next stage of the programme What Works to Prevent Violence: Impact at Scale. Launched in November 2019, it aims to stop violence against one million of the world’s poorest women and girls across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
  • Influenced discussions at Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference, the world’s largest gathering of world leaders on the health, rights and wellbeing of women and girls.

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“The institutional and individual commitments shared during the meeting will keep us all on task in the next couple of years for tangible outcomes. It was a wonderful opportunity for collaboration and networking with multiple stakeholders and to present and learn.”



The Inclusive Citizenship series

The series has sought to provide a new framework for members of different religious groups to live together as equal citizens to ensure peace in the region.

  • Identified the need for a new framework
  • Brought together key stakeholders in the Middle East to promote peace
  • Facilitated the drafting of the Charter for Inclusive Citizenship by a consortium of major faith-based and interreligious organisations

Following two events in 2019, the Charter for Inclusive Citizenship in the Arab World is being finalised.



“As a British citizen living in the Middle East, it actually makes me proud to see a British governmental agency thriving and being able to contribute to the stabilisation of the MENA region and I think this is down solely to Alison (Hilliard, Programme Director) and the support she has had from Wilton Park.”

Zeshan Zafar, Executive Director Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies.

Defence and Security

The UK’s NPT Implementation Paper

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is the main treaty on nuclear non-proliferation. Agreed in 1968, the treaty seeks to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology and further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament.

As a nuclear weapon state, the UK is required to submit a report to the NPT Review Conference, outlining how the UK is fulfilling its obligations. We convened a dialogue in September 2019 for the UK to present a draft of its report to the non-proliferation community and non-nuclear weapon states.

  • Allowed for comments to be made to be fed into the final report
  • Encouraged debate on what the reports are intended for and why transparency is valued
  • Improved the NPT review process

“It was an inclusive, innovative and collaborative conversation that invited outsiders into the usually closed thought processes of a Nuclear Weapon State. All the participants engaged enthusiastically with the process; not (for the most part) airing political differences with the UK’s approach to the NPT, but digging deeply into how we talk about it, why we use the language we do, and how we choose what to include and leave out. I’m really grateful to them – and to our expert facilitators, led by Wilton Park’s own Mark Smith – for taking part so readily.”

Aidan Liddle, HM Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament

“One of the best meetings I’ve been to. Our objective was to improve the report. The outcomes were more successful and were met in more ways than we thought possible before we started. … There is no question that this event has improved UK standing within the NPT community, has affected how people engage, and is hugely appreciated by those who came.”

David Chambers, Senior Principal Research Analyst at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Conflict prevention, resolution and state-building

Youth and the State: addressing the violence of exclusion

This dialogue explored how to improve relations between young people and their respective governments to address the violence of exclusion experienced by many young people.

  • Development of a dialogue examining youth protest movements
  • Commitment of 100,000 community mediators over the next three years in Cameroon to improve the dialogue between youth and state
  • Focus on changing the narrative on mental health and young people in the Global South, especially in the impact of conflict on young people

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Multilateral institutions, key countries and regions

The #Resilient40: responding to climate change in Africa

The African continent is especially vulnerable to the extreme weather events and climate change which threatens economic growth, infrastructure and livelihoods across the continent. In 2019, we hosted a dialogue bringing together a network  of young change makers to improve climate resilience across the African continent: the #Resilient40.

  • Brought together 40 young African change makers with the intention of empowering an emerging generation of leaders
  • Facilitated the group creating crucial links with the African Union and the African Union Youth Envoy
  • Ensured that African youth voices are represented on the international platform in the run-up to the postponed COP26

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“I want to extend my gratitude and that of other R40 members in general for taking us under your wings and supporting us. I don’t suppose as of now any one of us fully grasp what the magnitude of bringing us together means and the positive impact we can attain together. Nonetheless, it is worth commending.”


Sustainable development and the environment

Enhancing effective development cooperation between the UK, Brazil and African partners

Working with partners across the African continent is critical to successful and inclusive sustainable development. Both the UK and Brazil have been providing development support in the African continent for decades in different sectors and regions. Through closer cooperation between African partners, the UK and Brazil, there are new opportunities to advance the sustainable development agenda across the continent.

  • Brought together representatives from the African Union Development Agency, the UK Department for International Development and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency
  • Created the opportunity for representatives to combine their collective experience to help advance sustainable development national plans
  • Helped ensure that future UK – Brazil – Africa trilateral cooperation is African led and can be African wide
The Institute for Development Studies’ Mapping of Trilateral Cooperation Potential was conducted to indicate where the UK and Brazil are working in development, highlighting opportunities for greater collaboration and identify gaps.

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The plenaries’ and sessions’ subjects ranged from health and well-being to agriculture, from urbanisation to natural resource-based innovation. The participants sought to: identify fields where UK, Brazilian and African expertise and technical assistance would complement each other, providing ‘value-added’ to development outcomes; identify knowledge and capacity gaps in which trilateral cooperation can have the most impact to address development challenges; and, advance a more strategic approach to support long term sustainable development, prosperity and knowledge sharing in and between local contexts for all partners.

Press release from the World Food Programme Centre of Excellence against Hunger, whose Director facilitated the conversations

Scaling up sport’s contribution to the SDGs: partnerships for impact

With widespread appeal and cultural value, sport has the potential to act as a vehicle to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In July 2019, we hosted a dialogue bringing together those working in sports for development, representatives of UN agencies, other international organisations, donors, officials and leading grassroots organisations to explore the potential for partnerships.

  • Created a new network for collaboration between sports and development organisations
  • Highlighted the opportunities that a sport sports development programme offers
  • Examined the challenges of establishing a sports development programme

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“Since Wilton Park, we’ve started leading the coordination of a new SDP [Sports Development Programme] network in West Africa and hosted the opening workshop. And in East Africa we’re delivering a learning programme with partners from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, including staff exchanges.”

Charlie Gamble, CEO, Tackle Africa

Global Economy

Global action on patient safety

Across the world, $42 billion alone are spent annually on medication errors. In a six month period in the UK, there were 488,242 incidents of preventable medical harm. To address the challenge of ensuring patient safety, we convened a high-level dialogue in May 2019. This sought to build momentum ahead of the World Health Assembly, where a Global Resolution on Patient Safety was subsequently and unanimously approved.

  • Focussed on ensuring greater international focus and collaboration on addressing preventable medical errors
  • Established an agenda for change that clarified the burden of harm
  • Explored opportunities to build a movement globally to increase patient safety

Fitter and faster: better health and growth in emerging economies

Although each country has its own unique needs and requirements, globally there are many common obstacles to addressing noncommunicable diseases, such as inconsistent health care delivery and health system fragmentation. We hosted a dialogue in June 2019 in the context of launching the UK Governments’ Prosperity Fund Better Health Programme.

  • Shared best practice, built partnership and assessed approaches for health partnerships in eight emerging economies
  • Offered an opportunity for experiences to be shared across the UK and the eight partner countries
  • Shared expertise led to the Brazilian Federal Ministry of Health approaching the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to establish a NICE-like body in Brazil




“For the first time those of us involved with the Better Health programme were able to be in the room together and discuss not only the issues at a macro level, but through the smaller groups (especially the country groups) demonstrable actions to take forward.”


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