Devex Partnerships & Career Forum
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
October 21-22, 2014

What to expect

On October 21, 2014, Devex is once again bringing together all of the players in international development to discuss the future of partnerships in development, this time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The day will feature speakers from donor agencies, international aid agencies and regional African development organizations as they explore best practices and latest trends in proposal partnerships. The day will host various networking opportunities, panel discussions and workshops which will dive into the most relevant topics and questions around how to develop successful partnerships for sustainable development in the region.

Who should attend & how to apply

Attendance to the Partnerships Forum is by invitation only. If you are an Africa-based organization implementing development projects throughout the region, we invite you to apply here.


If your organization is interested in connecting with other international development agencies, finding new regionally based partners in Africa or meeting top talent in the field, you should attend the Devex Partnerships Forum in Addis Ababa.


Delegates to the Partnerships Forum are CEOs, directors of business development, team leads, chiefs of party and recruiters from organizations working in development fields such as health, conflict mitigation, agriculture, mobile technology, etc.


Organizations are allowed attendance for up to 2 delegates.

Please note that admission to the Devex Career Forum on Wednesday, October 22nd does not guarantee attendance to the Partnerships Forum.

Agenda: October 21, 2014 (Day 1)

8:30 AM

Registration Opens

9:30 - 11:00 AM

Opening Plenary Discussion

The Partnerships Forum commences with a high-level panel that will set the stage for the day's discussion. The panel will directly address the issue of localization of global development and how all stakeholders are changing the way they do business.

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Concurrent Panel Sessions

Following the plenary, participants will choose a breakout panel session to join. These sessions will have a narrow focus on specific, practical issues related to partnerships.

  • Africa’s rising workforce: Empowering youth to drive economic growth and job creation
  • Led by RTI International

  • Promoting resilient communities through local partnerships and disaster-risk mitigation strategies
  • Led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

  • Reimagining capacity development in agriculture: An ecosystem approach
  • Led by Engility International Development

    12:30 - 2:00 PM

    Reserved-Seating Luncheon Discussion with Keynote Address

    The lunch hour will facilitate networking and discussion. All participants will have assigned seating and tables will be designed to match-up participants who may find value in meeting.

    2:00 - 2:30 PM

    Coffee Break

    2:30 - 3:30 PM


    Following the luncheon, we will create an opportunity for practical learning in an interactive setting. Participants may choose a workshop that best matches their interests. Workshop session topics may include a focus on education, health/nutrition, governance, monitoring and evaluation, and resilience to be confirmed.

  • Leading innovations for food security and climate change adaptation
  • Led by Oxfam

  • Big data: Synthesizing data to inform health programming
  • Led by ICF International

    3:30 - 4:00 PM

    Coffee Break

    4:00 - 6:00 PM

    Partners Fair in the Exhibit Hall

    Exhibiting organizations will provide an opportunity for local organization representatives to learn more about potential partnership opportunities.

    4:00 - 5:00 PM

    Donor Agency-led Breakout Sessions

    Learn about various government agencies’ projects, programs and priorities in Ethiopia and the region.

  • Bilateral Donor Agency Briefing
  • Led by RTI International

  • Multilateral Donor Agency Briefing
  • Led by Engility International Development

    6:00 PM

    Evening Cocktail Reception

    We will end the day with a reception to network and continue conversations from across the day. Partnerships Forum attendees will have an open evening for dinner and may make plans with participants they met during the day.

    Agenda: October 22, 2014 (Day 2)

    8:30 AM

    Partnerships Forum Day 2 Registration Opens

    *Note: morning sessions are only open to participants accepted to the Partnerships Forum. Participants from the Career Forum beginning at 12pm on October 22nd will not be permitted into these sessions.

    9:00 - 10:00 AM

    Concurrent Panel Sessions

    To continue the dialogue from Day 1, participants will join sector-focused breakout sessions with key donor agencies and international partners.

  • Donor Agency Briefing: Agriculture
  • Led by Oxfam

  • Donor Agency Briefing: Refugees
  • Led by Devex

    10:15 – 11:15 AM

    Concurrent Panel Sessions

    To continue the dialogue from Day 1, participants will join sector-focused breakout sessions with key donor agencies and international partners.

  • Donor Agency Briefing: Health
  • Led by ICF International

  • Devex Master Class: Resources to identify industry trends, track funding and find project partners
  • Led by Devex

    11:30 - 12:00 PM

    Closing Coffee Networking Reception

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