When: 20-21 September 2023

Where: In person held at the Banquet Hall at Parliament and Pipitea Marae, Wellington

Who: Everyone is welcome!

The event

Each year, the Council for International Development holds a conference, where our members, Pacific and global partners, business, government, academic institutions and members of the public come together. The event is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a number of other partner sponsors. 

After having the conference predominantly online for the past few years, we are excited to hold it in person this year. In-line with our theme, we want to a create a productive networking space with opportunities to forge new connections and partnerships. We hope you will join us!

This year's theme

Covid and inflation have reversed decades of gains in reducing extreme poverty. The likelihood of famines and inequality both between and within countries is on the rise.

As we witness climate impacts on our doorstep, conflicts escalating, geopolitics shifting, and inequality and injustice pervading across the world, deeper and more strategic partnerships are needed. We must prioritise greater collaborations across sectors and between nations.

This year our annual conference will bring together international NGOs, multilateral organisations, government departments, businesses, social enterprises, independent consultants, academics, and media, from across Aotearoa New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific region, and globally.

Discussions will explore opportunities for new and unconventional partnerships; power imbalances and barriers to equal partnerships; strategies for navigating global risks and uncertainties; and ways we can enhance collaboration across different sectors and nations. 

We’re busy confirming speakers and sessions and will be sharing further information in the coming weeks. But as a teaser, we can tell you that the Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (PIANGO), Emeline Siale Ilolahia, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Mark Purcell, will both be joining us and running in-person sessions.


The ticket prices for Conference 2023 are as follows:

Ticket type




Super-early bird












Conference Dinner at Parliament*




*Conference dinner will include CID awards, guest speaker and entertainment

We also have a group ticket discount, where after purchasing three full priced tickets all following tickets in the same booking will be discounted by 50%.

Super-earlybird tickets are now on sale!

Buy your ticket here

Earlybird tickets will be on sale from 15 May 2023

Full price tickets will be on sale from 12 June 2023