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While the proliferation of development conferences has enhanced dialogue across the sector, it also comes with a significant carbon footprint, with thousands of people flying in to be under the same roof. The conferences named here range between 1,000 and 6,000 delegates in size.
“We need to think a lot more about these events in terms of time, environment [and] money,” said Susannah Hares, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development who has previously described the number of conferences in the international development sector as “overwhelming."