"For the past 20 years, the IDC has pro­vided a world-class inter­dis­ci­pli­nary forum on new trends, ideas and prac­tices in inter­na­tional devel­op­ment. The con­fer­ence cre­ates a thriv­ing plat­form for stu­dents, prac­ti­tion­ers, and aca­d­e­mics to engage with one another and share inno­v­a­tive ideas year-round. Together we explore emerg­ing approaches and solu­tions to the most press­ing chal­lenges fac­ing devel­op­ing coun­tries today, includ­ing extreme hunger and poverty, the role of gov­er­nance, local capac­ity build­ing, vul­ner­a­ble sta­tus of women and girls, and poor qual­ity health­care and education.

This year’s con­fer­ence, titled “The Wrong Way? Forg­ing New Paths for Devel­op­ment” will exam­ine the global forces dis­rupt­ing tra­di­tional mod­els empow­er­ing the poor and how new inno­va­tions are redefin­ing and redesign­ing suc­cess­ful development."