Development Leaders Conference 2023 with Siti Nugraha Mauludiah and Bård Vegar Solhjell

November 09, 2023


In October, CGD partnered with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) to host the 2023 Development Leaders Conference, an annual gathering where senior policymakers can come together to share ideas, approaches, and experiences.

This year, the conference focused on how to balance and address the escalating number of critical funding needs, including the ongoing struggle for post-pandemic economic recovery, a sharp increase in conflict and displacement, the rising threat of climate-related disasters, and in many countries, soaring debt.

For this episode of the CGD Podcast, I was pleased to welcome my conference cohosts Siti Nugraha Mauludiah, Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Indonesia, and Bård Vegar Solhjell, Director General of Norad, to share their takeaways from the conference. Together we discuss the differing experiences of traditional and emerging donors, the challenges of bridging gaps between sectors and priorities, and how the development community can share solutions more effectively.

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