Two weeks ago we held our RESULTS UK National Conference 2015. 100 grassroots campaigners, students and NGO colleagues joined us in London to hear 23 experts discuss 8 different international development topics as well as engaging in 10 advocacy meetings at the Department for International Development and in parliament, all in just 3 days. Phew!
The conference started with a full day of thought-provoking panel debates and external speakers discussing a variety of topics, including: disability inclusive development, climate change, universal health coverage and financing the future of sustainable development. Experts (including: Anja Langenbucher- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lord Low of Dalston CBE, Dr Charles Palmer- London School of Economics, Rob Yates- World Health Organisation, and Cordelia Lonsdale- Development Initiatives) debated their issue and asked each other what developments have there already been made, what is yet to be done and what potential can be found in the Sustainable Development Goals.
The second day of the conference concentrated on training the grassroots volunteers in all things advocacy. The RESULTS team explained our key priorities for the year as well as looking back at some of the highlights from 2014. In the afternoon, Tom Baker and Alice Delamere from BOND joined us to focus the group on power mapping target MPs and getting their message across in a persuasive manner to build the political will to end poverty. These new skills were put into action on the third day when the grassroots volunteers joined DFID teams, MPs and Peers in Parliament.
The third day saw grassroots volunteers share encouraging conversations with DFID teams, touching on many different topics such as disability in development, education for all, the Global Fund, and post- 2015 development. After lunch, there were meetings with Gavin Shuker MP (Labour’s Shadow Minister for International Development), Patrick Grady MP (SNP, Spokesman on International Development), Jeremy Lefroy MP (Conservative, Member of International Development Committee), Pauline Latham MP (Conservative, Member of International Development Committee), Baroness Kinnock (Labour, Spokesperson on International Development) and Baroness Northover (Liberal Democrat, Former DFID Minister) to talk about their role within parliament and how they could influence the decision-makers within international development.
It was a jam-packed weekend, and it was fantastic to see so many of our dedicated grassroots campaigners inspired and excited about the fight to end global poverty. We couldn’t have asked for a better team and we hope everyone enjoyed the conference as much as we did!
If you would like to get involved with RESULTS UK’s grassroots groups please contact Campaigns Coordinator Emily Cabon on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few of our favourite photos from the National Conference 2015 are below: