CDR at two
Over the past two years, CDR has grown from an idea to an organisation that plays an active role in the UK development sector.
We have worked to ensure that our members share their knowledge and improve impact, value for money and accountability in all of their work. We have launched a number of publications including our Women Leading Change and UK aid Overview, both of which celebrate and seek to answer key questions about our members' work.
We are also very proud to have launched the Women Working in Development Forum to support and connect women across the sector. Read more about these achievements and more here:
Women Working in Development
Co-founded with BDO-LLP, CDR launched this initiative last July to provide a space for women working across the international development sector to discuss relevant topics, share experiences and to network with peers. We have been joined by Baroness Jenkin, Plan International UK's CEO Tanya Barron, Palladiums Managing Partner Sinead Magill and Victoria Parkinson OBE.
CDR Executive Director Jessica Toale has undertaken a number of overseas visits to meet with CDR member companies and learn about the programmes they are delivering on behalf of the UK government - this has included Kenya in July 2016 and Pakistan in May 2017. Jessica has also travelled to Washington D.C. to meet with her counterparts at the CIDC, PSC and SID.
Political Party Conferences
For the past two years CDR has attended Conservative and Labour Party Conferences. At Conservative Party Conference in 2016, CDR hosted a panel discussion about the potential for UK aid to support the UK's trade objectives and developing country aspirations post-Brexit. Our panel included Lord Popat and the Rwandan High Commissioner.
CDR and many of its member companies have been active participants in BOND Conference for the past two year. At BOND Conference in 2017, CDR's Executive Director Jessica Toale spoke on a panel alongside ICAI's Alison Evans about the role of industry body's in driving standards and greater impact in UK aid funded programmes.
Overview: UK aid and development contractors
This short guide was published in October 2017 in response the government's Supplier Review. It seeks to answer key questions about private sector contractors as well as explore the value they deliver and identify areas where we can work in collaboration to improve impact, value for money and accountability in the delivery of UK aid.
Women Leading Change
There are thousands of women working on the front line of global development in some of the most difficult environments and tackling the world’s greatest challenges - this publication celebrates some of these women and the UK aid funded programmes which are leading transformative change and benefiting millions of people.
Support to Members
Over the past two years CDR has organised a series of events designed to support members and address issues of interest. This has included monthly member meetings with external speakers, training, annual dinners, roundtables with MPs and sector experts. We have also established series of working groups including on communications, tax and transparency.
We will continue to develop this programme of external engagement and support to ensure that we are meeting our goals to raise awareness about the role and impact companies have in international development, to support UK government objectives to improve impact, value for money and accountability in UK aid work and to contribute to the debate about what is effective in international development.
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