This free, one-day international conference on 27 June will explore how languages and cultural understanding affect international development, and help to respect communities.

Taking place at Senate House from 9am–6pm, it has been organised by the Universities of Reading and Portsmouth, with support from the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC), and the Institute for Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The line-up of speakers come from Malawi, Kyrgyzstan and Peru, and aid charities such as Christian Aid, Save the Children, the Stars Foundation and Tearfund will field representatives. In addition, there will be contributions from academics and researchers in the international relations, development studies, modern languages and translation studies fields.

After sharing perspectives from their communities, participants will reflect on the next steps that international non-governmental organisations (INGOs), donors and academic research should take.

In order to reach as wide an audience as possible, panel presentations will be live-streamed via YouTube. And since the quality of the livestream cannot be guaranteed, they will also be video recorded and uploaded to video-sharing site at a date to be determined.

How to respect communities in international development work: languages and cultural knowledge’ is the final event of ‘The Listening Zones of NGOs: languages and cultural knowledge in development programmes (2015–18)’ project, conducted by the University of Reading, the University of Portsmouth, and INTRAC.

This major three-year initiative is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Listening Zones, which aims to explore the role that languages and cultural knowledge play in the policies and practices of development NGOs, is an active partnership between academics and practitioners.

When: 27 June 2018, 9am–6.00pm
Who: Institute of Modern Languages Research
Where: Court room, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

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