CID Conference 2023

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Location: Banquet Hall Parliament and Pipitea Marae

Deeper Partnerships to Navigate Uncertain Futures

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. 

This year’s event brings together a dynamic network of over 20+ speakers and presenters from across Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and United States, discussing the latest developments in international development, foreign affairs and humanitarian aid.

Conference 2023 - Official Programme

Conference Dinner

This year's Conference Dinner will be held at the Banquet Hall at Parliament from 5:00pm - 8:00pm on 20 September.

The Official Conference Dinner will include:

  • Networking Drinks & Entertainment
  • Keynote Address from Bernadette Cavanagh, Deputy Secretary Pacific & Development Group, MFAT
  • Presentation of Finalists and Winners of Annual CID Awards - the Collaboration Award and the Photo Competition.
  • 3-Course Dinner (buffet style)


Due to popular demand, tickets for Conference 2023 are now sold out