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The Bradford Development Lectures (BDL)

The Bradford Development Lectures are a series of lectures given by key practitioners and academics working in the International Development field. The first lecture was given by Baroness Lynda Chalker, MP the then minister of Overseas Development Administration in 1991. Since then, scholars and public office holders including Sir Richard Jolly, Sir Cripsin Tickell, Professor Nicholas Stern, and Professor Frances Stewart have given these lectures. Over the years the lecture has become a prestigious event where prominent figures in the international community present an address on current issues relating to development and human welfare.

22nd Bradford Development LectureProfessor David Hulme

Date: Thursday 11 February 2016

Speaker: Professor David Hulme

Title: Global Governance and Sustainable Development Goals: All Change... No Change? 

21st Bradford Development LectureBDL21

Date: Thu 18 Jun 2015

Speaker: Dr José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs 

Title: Transforming Economies: Making Industrial Policy Work for Growth, Jobs and Development

Ha-Joon Chang. 20th Bradford Development Lecture

Date: 26th of February 2014

Speaker: Dr Ha-Joon Chang

Title: Taking production seriously: Why we need a 'productionist' development discourse.

19th Bradford Development Lecture 

Date: 7th of February 2013

Speaker: Dr Stefan Dercon, Chief Economist at the DFID

Title: 'Africa's growth miracle?'

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18th Bradford Development Lecture

Date: 10th of November 2011

Speaker: Lord Meghnad Desai

Title: 'Sixty years of development: are we sure what it means?'

17th Bradford Development Lecture

Date: 30th March 2011

Speaker: Professor Martin Daunton

Topic: 'Global Governance: Reconstructing the World Economy'

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16th Bradford Development Lecture

Date: 21st October 2009

Speaker: Professor Frances Stewart

Topic: 'Horizontal inequalities and conflict: choosing policies for peace'

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15th Bradford Development Lecture

Date: 13th of March 2008

Speaker: Gillian Merron MP, the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for International Development

Topic: ‘The Public and Development: Mobilising to Reduce Global Poverty’

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13th Bradford Development LectureBCID BDL 13 Hilary Benn

Date: 2nd of March 2006

Speaker: Hilary BennSecretary of State for International Development 


As he reflects on 2005 - a year of unprecedented world focus on and commitment to international development issues, but also of a number of unprecedented large-scale natural disasters like the past November's Pakistan earthquake - he commends the communities of Bradford and the City Council for their swift and continuing response to the recent devastating earthquake in Kashmir.

Introducing the UK Government Department for International Development’s new White Paper consultation to a large audience of academics and international postgraduate students drawn from the Universities of Bradford, Leeds and Manchester, as well as representatives of the UK development community, including prominent NGOs, he looks to the aid challenges of 2006 and beyond.

12th Bradford Development Lecture

Date: 11th of November 2004

Speaker: Professor Paul Collier

Title: 'Development and Security'

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11th Bradford Development Lecture

Date: 29th of November 2001

Speaker: Professor Adrian Wood, Chief Economist at the DFID

Title: 'Globalisation and Poverty Reduction'

10th Bradford Development Lecture

Date: (2000)

Title: 'The European Union's Partnership with the Developing World'


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