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Kigali Global Dialogue
From: Aug 10, 2022 - Aug 12, 2022


The Kigali Global Dialogue brings together policymakers, academics, civil society, and the private sector from around the world to deliberate and devise solutions to critical sustainable development challenges facing the global community today.

The three-day conference is co-hosted by the Observer Research Foundation, ORF America, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Rwanda. The inaugural edition of the dialogue saw the participation of more than 350 people from 50 countries.

The last three years have witnessed geopolitical, social, ecological, and economic upheaval amplified by the exogenous shock of the pandemic.

As the decade of action progresses, it is critical to share experiences and solutions and forge new partnerships. Many of our development and economic orthodoxies – especially those propagated by high-income countries – have failed to deliver sustainable and equitable development for most of the world. New development institutions, financial arrangements, and paradigms are urgently needed and are already emerging.

It is clear that African nations will create and lead new models for development and growth over the coming decades. The success of these experiences will serve as templates for other parts of the world as they navigate development pathways more responsive to climate constraints and social, environmental, and economic imperatives.

Thematic Pillars

The shortcomings of our economic models to deliver economic security, sustainability, and inclusion calls for new development paradigms. These discussions will look at how we can approach, design, and promote environmentally sustainable and socially resilient cities and communities for all.

COVID-19 exposed the deep inequities in health within and between countries. These discussions will explore how health can be mainstreamed across sectors, access to health services made more equitable, and how we can redesign the global health architecture to better serve all communities.

These discussions will unpack digital and technological disruptions and opportunities to look at what is needed to build more inclusive, robust, and equitable digital ecosystems and economies.

The imperative of reducing emissions is matched by the twin challenge of ensuring that developing and emerging economies have the space to grow. This pillar will explore how the decarbonisation process can be prioritised while ensuring a just and fair transition process.

The institutions and systems for international development have served a small handful of countries while dictating often harmful policies and financial and trade arrangements for developing countries. These conversations will ask us to rethink international cooperation, finance, and governance models for sustainable development.