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I've been scouring this network for potential speakers at Oxford's International Development Forum. Please find below an invitation to speak on 11th May.
OxFid is a twice-yearly student-organised conference that introduces students to international development issues, and informs students as to how they can contribute to international development in their later careers. Our forthcoming conference, entitled 'Focus on Africa', will take place on the weekend of the 10th-11th of May, and be attended by 300 students at Oxford's premier conference venue, the Said Business School.Moreover, the conference includes as lead speakers, Dr Goldin, former Vice-President of the World Bank, Richard Dowden, director of the Royal Africa Society and just-confirmed Mr Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor to the International Criminal Court. Our other speakers from other organisations include:
Oxford University Department for International Development; The UNICTR; The Blair Development; Commission; WarChild; Oxfam; New Economic Foundation; Save the Children; Christian Aid; Water Aid; African Union; Coalition to Stop Use of Child Soldiers
Part of the conference includes running a programme of seminars, a subsection of which is on Business and Economics in African Development. We have one talk on Structural Adjustment and another on SME cultivation in Africa, and are looking for another speaker to address two consecutive audiences of 30 on an understressed topic in this subsection. OxFID aspires to introduce future policy-makers and other professionals to important and tender issues in international development. as part of this section, would you be happy to address two consecutive audiences of 30 on the subject of "How can conditions for business be improved in Africa". If you'd like to speak on something slightly different, or have any other suggestions, then please let me know.
OxFID will provide a meal for the speakers on Saturday night, and also give you access to the rest of the talks on that day, including a discussion between Professor John Toye and his critics on the former's works on structural adjustment.
Hope to hear from you,
OxFID Event Coordinator
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