As a growing organisation, CDI is always looking for new chances to speak about its work, to build relationships with potential volunteers and partners, and to discuss ideas and solutions with experts in the world of international development.
Details of some of the most recent events CDI has hosted and attended are listed below:
4th International FSM Conference
SOWTech, a partner with our WaSH project, attended the 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference in order to give a 15 minute presentation on ‘SimpliSafi’ - an ambitious plan to scale the WaSH project by using income from the flexigester biogas sales to incentivise people to invest in simplified sewerage. The conference was held in Chennai, India, and was attended by organisations working in sanitation from around the world. More information about the conference can be found here.
African Healthcare Challenge 2017
This was a weekend organized by the Kopfadeyemi Fellowship, held at the Google Campus. Our WaSH and Health Project Directors attended, and formed a team with other students from a variety of technical and scientific backgrounds, taking up the challenge of tackling the issue of non-communicable diseases in Africa. By the end of the conference, they proposed a solution of a mobile health system that empowers community health workers to tackle NCDs, aiming to initially set it up to combat diabetes in Tanzania and Kenya. It was a fantastic weekend for all involved, and our Project Directors particularly enjoyed being able to meet other students and discuss a variety of ideas and solutions as part of a wider team.
CDI's 2017 Recruitment Launch
To launch the application process for the 2017 summer trip, the UK committee held an evening in the Riley Auditorium of Clare College. The evening consisted of a series of short presentations on our four projects and the plan for their progression in the coming year, as well as information about what the volunteer roles and application process would involve. This was followed by a chance to chat with past volunteers about their experience over a glass of wine, and it was wonderful to meet so many students passionate about development.
Meeting HRH Prince Charles
Stakeholders Event at the House of Lords
In March 2016 CDI held an event in Committee Room 4 at the House of Lords, London. The invitation to use the room was extended to us by Lord David Alton (CDI Patron) at the annual meeting of CDI’s outgoing and incoming Presidents with the Patron in October. The event was well attended by about 50 guests, ranging from 2015 CDI committee members, CDI trustees, key stakeholders, and many invitations reaching out to new guests.
Lord Alton opened the event, explaining the work of CDI and how the drive and passion of students in international development needs to be encouraged. Matt Hopgood delivered a speech explaining CDI’s model with the theme ‘What role do students have to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’. The keynote speech was delivered by William Day, Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.
The event closed with a networking session lasting around 45 minutes. Notable guests at the event were:
- Sir Paul Judge – Founder of the Judge Business School
- Baroness Newnham – Robinson College fellow and member of the House of Lords
- Sir Eldryd Perry (OBE) – Founder of the Tropical Health and Education Trust
- Stacey Adams – CEO of Raleigh International
- Rebecca Marmot – Unilever VP Global Partnerships
- Alexander Woollcombe – Gates Foundation
- Peter Ward – Sponsorship Manager, Sainsburies
- Toby Wilkinson – Director of the International Strategy Office
- Anne-Cecile Berthier – Head of Corporate Partnerships, Comic Relief
- Lewis Temple – BRAC UK
- Rebecca Tinsley – Philanthropist
- David Potter – Philanthropist, David and Elaine Potter Foundation
Dinner with Ban Ki-moon
Ex-Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon was invited to Cambridge to receive an honorary degree for his services to the UN, and spoke about the importance of Cambridge University encouraging its students to be globally-minded citizens. CDI’s 2015/16 UK Director, Matt Hopgood, was selected to be part of a small group of students invited to attend the ceremony and a dinner following it. Representing student action in international development, Matt met many other UN representatives and Cambridge University officials, including the Vice-Chancellor – an exciting opportunity which showed how quickly CDI had grown in two years.