World Day against Child Labour

News - 12 June, 2015

Wilton Park reflects upon the international problem of Child Labour and efforts to combat it going forward. In the modern world it is estimated by the UN that around 215 million children work every day with many on a full-time basis. This denies them the opportunity to be children; they lack the chance to play, […]

What next for development?

News - 26 February, 2014

The post-2015 development framework sets an agenda which would benefit the poorest countries – a personal view from conference chair and visiting programme director Dr Roger Williamson – independent consultant and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. The post-2015 development framework: priorities for the least developed countries Wednesday 29 – […]

World Radio Day – enhancing global dialogue

News - 13 February, 2014

13 February is UNESCO’s World Radio Day and is a time to reflect on the importance of the radio in furthering communication throughout the world. The particular focus this year is on promoting gender equality, both in the production of radio programmes and through spreading a message of inclusion through their content. The changing nature […]

Post-2015 framework on poverty eradication and sustainable development

News - 15 January, 2014

Formulating priorities and strategies as the Millennium Development Goals approach their culmination – what next for the least developed countries. The post-2015 development framework: priorities for the least developed countries Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 January 2014 (WP1309) Next year marks the culmination of global commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. It is already […]

Between incremental change and big vision

News - 18 May, 2012

Roger Williamson, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, writes: Day three of the ‘New challenges, new partners, a new UN development system?’ conference, was a day of taking stock and preliminary conclusions. Some of the off-the-record conversations remind me of the old Soviet joke about work culture and the implicit contract in […]

A big, argumentative UN family?

News - 17 May, 2012

Roger Williamson, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies , University of Sussex, writes: On day two of the ‘New challenges, new partners, a new UN development system?’ conference, the UN family is behaving like a family – a big argumentative family. Nothing new there, then. You didn’t choose them, you can’t leave them, you know […]

UN systems and its interventions

News - 16 May, 2012

Vikas Nath, Associate Director, The FUNDS Project, Toronto writes: On day one of the New challenges, new partners, a new UN development system? conference, there has been a gradual fragmentation of the UN systems and its interventions. There are too many governance structures: some are overlapping and others are far from reality. The issue is also that […]

Wilton Park fulfils vital role supporting effective UN Development agencies

News - 25 November, 2010

Acclaimed BBC World Service programme on the environment and development issues ‘One Planet’, sent presenter Richard Hollingham along to visit Wilton Park for their 50 million listeners, this episode airs on 25 November. Future of the UN development system Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 November 2010 (WP1033) Over 60 experts drawn from 22 nations attended […]

UN Africa Industrialisation Day is 20th November. Our work on Africa

News - 17 November, 2010

Over 30 of the world’s 48 least developed countries are in Africa. 2010 is an important year for Africa and development work with the review of Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). Five years after the Commission for Africa Report, a Wilton Park conference addressed Millennium Development Goals (MDG) progress and the inter-relationships between governance, peace and […]

Foundations and international development: partnership and outcomes

News - 8 October, 2010

What are the new trends and challenges in development thinking? Where do Foundations fit in? Donor government organisations, NGOs, representatives from Southern civil society, development experts and foundations met at Wilton Park for lively debate.   Foundations and International Development: Partnership and Outcomes Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 October 2010 (WP1070) In the aftermath of […]