Think Global Day 2018

Can the private sector save the world?

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How can companies and organizations contribute to efficient development cooperation? Can the private sector save the world? And which role is reserved for the government? Renowned speakers share their expertise on development and the private sector with you.

Wednesday May 23

Area 42 - Schaarbeek, Brussels



Welcome as from 12:00 pm

12:30pm:     Lunch reception with sandwiches

13:30pm:     Welcome speech by Bogdan Vanden Berghe, Director of 11.11.11


13:35pm:     Keynote speeches, by:

Charlotte Petri, Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD, and Stefanie Blankenburg, Head of the Debt and Development Finance Branch Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD.


14:30pm:     Meet the expert - Workshops

1. Billionaires and development cooperation

Some extraordinary rich world citizens invest billions in development. Are they simply providing welcome additional resources, or do they also seek to control development?

With Nuria Molina, Senior Program Officer EU and The Netherlands at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gorik Ooms, Human Rights Lawyer, Professor of Global Health Law & Governance at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

2. Is Europe taking the lead?

Europe is a pioneer when it comes to involving the private sector in development cooperation. But does it benefit development?

With Jeske Van Seters, Head of Programme Private Sector Engagement at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), and Lies Craeynest, Head of Private Sector Engagement & Deputy Head of EU Advocacy Office at Oxfam International.

3. Companies and development cooperation

In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, companies must start doing business differently. Will this happen spontaneously, or do they need a push from politics?

With Charlotte Vroemans, Process Manager at The Shift, and Luc Van Liedekerke, Professor at the Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, KU Leuven and at the depts. of Philosophy and Management, University of Antwerp .

15:30pm:     Coffee break


16:00pm:     Final debate, with:

Paola Simonetti, Coordinator Development Policy at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Michel Delfosse, CEO Bel&Bo, Charlotte Petri, head of OESO/DAC, Alexander De Croo, minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking en Bogdan Vanden Berghe, directeur 11.11.11.


Practical information

  • Language: English
  • Entrance: Free, but subscription is required before May, 20
  • Address: Area 42, Paleizenstraat 46, 1030 Schaarbeek (Brussel)


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