In 2018, OxFID tackled the idea of a 'Divided World', considering the causes for division and the potential for unity and cooperation in a new age of development.
Keynote Panel - Human Rights
What comes first, good institutions or the protection of human rights? Our keynote panel debated the role of human rights as an enabler of development, and considered the mechanisms in place to bridge the gap between the ratification of human rights and their enforcement.
Keynote Panel - Divided World
The scales are tipping...but in which direction? We investigated the rise of China in global politics, its relationship with the Trump administration and the potential impact of its Belt and Road Initiative on African development. In the midst of all this division, we then considered the role of unity and cooperation in Africa and the Middle East, looking at institutions, identities and collaborative infrastructure for development.
Sessions Panel - Climate Change
As one of the largest issues humankind faces today, climate change is worthy of debate. How can developing societies build their infrastructure and grow in a sustainable way? What is the role of politics on how we treat climate change? Do more developed have a responsibility to ensure the environmentally sustainable development of developing countries? And how can we prepare for the next refugee crisis, that of the 'climate refugees'?
Sessions Panel - The 21st Century Charity
What does the charity sector look like in the 21st century? How is the digital landscape changing the way we give? How is social impact investment changing the traditional landscape and the relationships between private investment, government and charity? And does politics get in the way of it all? These were just a few of the questions tackled during this panel discussion.
Sessions Panel - Gender
Often overlooked, gender equality is crucial to development. This panel addressed the greatest obstacles facing women in the developing world, the significance of domestic violence as a barrier to development and the ways in which the international development community can support and enable women's economic empowerment moving forward.
Sessions Panel - Digital Africa
Africa is becoming digital. With more Africans having access to the internet than ever before, what does this mean for the spreading of information on the behalf of the most disadvantaged? What is the potential of digital finance, bypassing the need for traditional banks, for the economic empowerment of Africans in their daily lives? Could Bitcoin be Africa's future currency?
Sessions Panel - Conflict & Peacebuilding
Development efforts often take place in the context of violence and conflict. This panel investigated the signs of imminent conflict, the immediate steps that can be taken to mitigate the potential for violent conflict, and post-conflict reconstruction at the social and institutional level.