Breakout Panels

2017 SID-Washington Annual Conference

Global Transitions: Reshaping Development

Thursday, June 1, 2017

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington DC, 20004

Morning Breakout Panels 

11:15 am - 12:45 pm 
Please select one of the two concurrent panels below:
Innovation in Development: Game Changers, Obstacles, and Incubators 
New technologies are constantly reshaping development. Innovation sometimes leads to failure and just as often leads to breakthrough ideas that could improve the lives of many. But innovation doesn't come easy in international development. Why is it so hard? How can we encourage innovation, building it into program design, selection, and implementation? One of the hottest topics in technology in development is Block Chain. How is this cross-cutting technology transforming transactions?  This panel discussion will explore these questions to better understand the challenges in technology innovation and opportunities for overcoming them, as well as how to incubate the most promising frontier technologies in development.
  • Sarah Glass (Moderator), Acting Director of the Center for Transformational Partnerships at the U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
  • Shailee Adinolfi, Vice President of Account Management and Marketing, BanQu
  • Ahmad Ashkar, Founder, and CEO, Hult Prize Foundation
  • Anthony Burn, Director, Team Engagement, Radiant
Additional speakers TBA.
Messaging for Strategic Impact: Development Communications and the Importance of Program Messaging
You may have the most effective and important project on the ground but if you cannot communicate about it effectively with your donors, your partners, your management team, and other stakeholders, its future is at risk. Development communications describes the discipline of effectively communicating the programmatic impact and overarching results of foreign assistance investments. Just as program management and measurement systems have made big strides over the last two decades, development communications is increasingly instrumental to sound program management and effective messaging about international development and humanitarian response programs. During uncertain times, when many programs risk elimination due to prospective funding cuts, it's more important than ever to communicate effectively and to message target audiences with maximum effect. SID-Washington will engage experienced program leaders and development communications experts for an interactive discussion about how to improve development communications at the field or program level and how SID-Washington and development community thought leaders should engage with headquarters to prioritize and direct communications about crucial development impacts. 
  • Ellen Yount (Moderator), Vice President, Public Affairs, MSI, a Tetra Tech Company 
  • Stephanie Bluma,  Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID office of Legislative & Public Affairs
  • Lester Munson, Vice President, International, BGR Government Affairs
  • Moira Whelan, Partner, BlueDot Strategies
Additional speakers TBA. 
Afternoon Breakout Panels 
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm 
Please select one of the two concurrent panels below:
What's in it for Me? How U.S. Engagement in International Development is Crucial to Maintaining Security, Prosperity and Freedom at Home
Global trends such as isolationism and nationalism appear to threaten foreign assistance and the future of U.S. international development work. However, efforts to alleviate poverty, resolve health crises, encourage economic development, and establish peace in the developing world are in fact critical to our ability to maintain our own security, prosperity and freedom in the U.S. Our panel of experts will look at this issue from a variety of perspectives.
  • Carla Koppell (Moderator), Vice President, Applied Conflict Transformation, U.S. Institute of Peace 
  • John Norris, Executive Director, Sustainable Security & Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American Progress
  • Kenneth Wollack, President, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership 
Additional speakers TBA. 
The Need to Diversify: What are Alternative Funding Sources?
With tremendous uncertainty in the future of foreign assistance, international development organizations must diversify their sources of revenue. As Congress contemplates proposed budget cuts, Brexit signals a more inward-looking agenda in the U.K., and many European countries are spending foreign aid dollars at home, the trend away from government assistance for organizations working to help developing countries is becoming a reality around the world. What are alternative, innovative resources and mechanisms that could help continue the important work of development as government aid decreases? This panel will look at impact investing, private-public partnerships; the role of foundations; and other ways to finance development.
  • Eric Postel (Moderator), Former Associate Administrator, United States Agency for International Development and Founder of Pangaea Partners
  • Emily Gustafsson-Wright, Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution
  • Renate Hahlen, Minister Counselor for Development for the European Union Delegation in the U.S.  
  • Daniel Wordsworth, President & CEO, American Refugee Committee 
Additional speakers TBA.