Date: Jun 26, 2019

The Center for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED), co-founded by Observer Research Foundation and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), India, is delighted to partner with The Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies (MAC), Newnham College, University of Cambridge.

CNED is an initiative that seeks to create new research, promote new voices, discover new solutions, and build new policy frameworks that will serve the global agenda outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Accords.

This workshop aims to set the foundations for a knowledge partnership between leading Indian and UK institutions working on development policy and practice and begin a systematic conversation between the two countries on key global challenges that India and the UK can tackle together in a Track 1.5 format.


A new landscape of international development cooperation

This panel discusses the India and UK partnership in and with Africa. It will seek to discuss the roles, specific capabilities and contributions that each of the three regions (UK–Africa–India) bring to this unique trilateral partnership. It will focus on ways in which all partners share equitable agency and agenda-shaping capabilities. Key questions include: How do you align this new contemporary mode of international cooperation to serve the larger international ambition with respect to climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals? How does this partnership invite and include communities to participate in designing the agenda itself? How will this format depart from the old donor-donee paradigm?

Trilateral cooperation: Renewable energy and climate obligations

The UK is an outlier in Europe and has outperformed much of the continent in terms of green transitions and in shifting to low carbon pathways. The UK has governance, technology and market experience to share. India has shown remarkable capability to ensure access to renewables at price points available to the bottom of the pyramid. Africa is growth’s new frontier, and has the opportunity to inculcate the learnings, mistakes and experiments from the UK and India and to share its own experiences with others. The panel will discuss specific experiences that the three bring to the partnership. It will engage with the challenge of ensuring that the young populations are gainfully employed as we move away from the traditional resources sector and fossil fuel economy. Most importantly, the panel will engage with what role UK, India and Africa can play in defining gender-first green transitions.

Find the programme here.

The timing of this event is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. GMT. Participation is by invitation only.

Venue Address

University of Cambridge, UK