The big reset: A new ambition for development

PwC's 12th International Development Conference, 24-26 November 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified challenges in development, but it has also ignited new ways of working, new ideas and new possibilities. The opportunity for a Big Reset is real and it is time to redefine the ambition for development.

PwC’s 12th International Development conference will bring together the development community to discuss and explore how we can work together to overcome current barriers and deliver exceptional outcomes for people around the world.

This year’s conference will be held as a series of online events in November 2020. We’ll be exploring three key issues for international development, under the overall theme of The Big Reset: a new ambition for development.

The big climate reset: securing a climate resilient future

Tuesday 24 November, 12-1.30pm

Climate change is arguably the biggest strategic challenge facing our world today, with multi-nation commitment and access to climate finance being critical. This session will hear from government, development finance institutions and climate experts on how we can achieve green development.

We are delighted to be joined by

  • Sir Nicholas Kay KCMG, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Africa
  • Joao Sarmento Cunha, Divisional Head of Renewable energy, African Development bank
  • Professor Denise Bower OBE, Executive Board member, Mott MacDonald
  • Joshua Amponsem, Executive Director, Green Africa Youth Organization
  • Sally Taylor, Deputy Director, Climate and Environment, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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The big skills reset: education and skills for growth and prosperity

Wednesday 25 November, 9-10.30am

This session will examine the interlock between education, skills and employment for the poorest people in the world, with a particular focus on girls and women. How can today’s disrupted education and training systems prepare the next generation for jobs and prosperity in a rapidly evolving economic context.

The session will feature an address by Baroness Sugg, Minister for Foreign and Development Affairs and UK Special Envoy for Girls’ Education.

Speakers include:

  • Alicia Herbert, Head of Children, Youth and Education Department, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • Akuja Mading de Garang MBE, Team Leader, Girls’ Education South Sudan, Cambridge Education
  • Jack McMahon, Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Group Sustainability, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Dr Aqeela Datoo, Senior Partnerships Manager, Aga Khan Foundation UK

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The big trade reset: The role of UK trade and trade policy in development

Thursday 26 November, 10.30am-12pm

This session will explore how the UK can reset its trade relationships amid the disruptions of Brexit and COVID-19, by rejuvenating its trade partnerships with emerging economies across Africa and Asia, and through delivering a more integrated aid and trade agenda.

We’re delighted to be joined by keynote speaker Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy.

This will be followed by a panel session on UK-Africa trade with speakers including:

  • Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Africa
  • Nevin Bradford, Chief Executive, Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited (CiplaQCIL)
  • Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director, Tesco
  • Lisa Mbobo, Project Manager, Mace

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Each of the sessions promises to be informative, participative and challenging, and anyone from the UK and beyond with an interest in these issues is very welcome to attend.

If you have any queries regarding the event, please contact Naana Appiateng (

Contact us

Dr David Armstrong

Dr David Armstrong

Partner, International Development team, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7713 680266

Regina Quartey

Regina Quartey

Technology Capability Manager, Government and International Development, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7483 316837

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