About DevNet 2020

‘Development Matters’

2 – 4 December 2020, Massey University, in conjunction with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), ChildFund New Zealand and Oxfam New Zealand

Regardless of who we are or where we live, we all want our whānau, friends and communities to live safe, healthy and prosperous lives on a thriving planet. For many people, this is the vision of ‘development’. In contrast, some see development as the capitalist political economy that has brought us climate destruction, water pollution and loss of wildlife. For others, development is a long-term process of struggle towards an equitable share of power. However, you wish to define it, development matters.

At the 2020 DevNet Conference we will explore contemporary development matters, by asking the questions:

  • Why does development matter and how?
  • How can we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How can we stop climate destruction while also reducing poverty and inequality?
  • What are Indigenous perspectives on social change?
  • Should we abandon the ‘development project’ and embrace an alternative way of viewing human and planetary life?

If you care about the wellbeing of people in Aotearoa and around the world and about the Earth we live on, Development Matters is The Conference for you.

The conference will be held at Massey University’s Manwatū campus in Palmerston North.

Diarise 2 -4 December 2020 in your diary now, and look out for more information!

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