LIDC Development Debate with Lucy Lamble, Executive Editor of the Guardian’s Global Development Desk, ‘Has #MeToo Really Taken Off in International Development?’

Date: 11th December

Time: 6-8pm

Location: John Snow, Keppel Street


  • Frances Longley, CEO, Amref Health Africa-UK and  Co-chair of the UK NGO Steering Group on Organisational Culture for Safeguarding

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In late 2017, the #MeToo movement zoomed into the public consciousness, impacting sectors from finance to higher education. Earlier this year, a raft of sexual harassment and abuse allegations hit international development NGOs, Oxfam, Save the Children, and the ONE Campaign. These led to dismissals and lost government contracts. Since then, DFID hosted a Safeguarding Summit in which International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, galvanised 500+ delegates from across the international aid community to sign up to standards preventing sexual exploitation and abuse.

Yet there are concerns that the scandals in the aid industry focused more on punishing bad actors than empowering women. What’s more, women in the global South deal with sexual harassment and abuse on a daily basis. However, they have been marginalised in a largely North-focused #MeToo movement. In this debate, we’ll examine whether the #MeToo has fully taken off in international development.

Our speakers, who include academics from LIDC’s member institutions, development practitioners and policy makers, will take questions from the audience. A moderator will guide the discussion, and there will be a chance to continue the discussion after the debate at a networking and drinks reception.

This event is open to the public, but it is only free to LIDC members. We will be checking all ticket bookings prior to the event against our database. If you register for a free LIDC member ticket and are not a member, your ticket will be cancelled. All students, alumni and staff at our member institutions (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, SOAS University of London, Birkbeck Geography Department, UCL Institute of Education, City, University of London, and Queen Mary University of London) and current postgraduate students at King’s College Department of International Development and the Bartlett Development Planning Unit are able to become LIDC members for free here.