Kigali Global Dialogue

Engage in the Kigali Global Dialogue: Shaping Global Health Discourse. Thought-provoking discussions ahead.

- Africa/Kigali

The Kigali Global Dialogue brings together policymakers, academics, civil society, and the private sector from around the world to deliberate and devise solutions to critical sustainable development challenges facing the global community today.

The three-day conference is co-hosted by the Observer Research Foundation, ORF America, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Rwanda. The inaugural edition of the dialogue saw the participation of more than 350 people from 50 countries.

The last three years have witnessed geopolitical, social, ecological, and economic upheaval amplified by the exogenous shock of the pandemic.

As the decade of action progresses, it is critical to share experiences and solutions and forge new partnerships. Many of our development and economic orthodoxies – especially those propagated by high-income countries – have failed to deliver sustainable and equitable development for most of the world. New development institutions, financial arrangements, and paradigms are urgently needed and are already emerging.

It is clear that African nations will create and lead new models for development and growth over the coming decades. The success of these experiences will serve as templates for other parts of the world as they navigate development pathways more responsive to climate constraints and social, environmental, and economic imperatives.


Friday, August 12, 2022

5:45 - 6:30

DC to Kabul: The Great Gender Regress

From the United States to Afghanistan, the past year has seen the rights of women and girls take giant steps back. Yet, the rights, empowerment, and inclusion of women are essential not just for just societies, but also for prosperous economies.

  • How can the gender gap in labour markets in the advanced and emerging economies be closed? How can we ensure that as countries grow richer, female empowerment progresses alongside?

  • As new work arrangements emerge post-pandemic, how can workers, employers, and the state ensure that new work locations, policies, and finances do not further penalise women?

  • What role do attitudes to women’s roles in society play, and how can cultural and media spheres redefine those attitudes?


Khalila Mbowe

CEO, Unleashed Africa Social Ventures, Country Director, Girl Effect, Tanzani


  • Hon. Dr. Jeannette Bayisenge: Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Rwanda
  • Nanjira Sambuli: Fellow, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Kenya
  • Grace Akello: Professor of Medical Anthropology, Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University, Uganda
  • Vidisha Mishra: International Project Manager, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)
  • Ephraim Percy Kenyanito: Post Grad Candidate, Queen Mary University of London (UK) / University of East London (UK), Kenya

View the full Programme Agenda here: https://www.orfonline.org/orf-kgd/kgd-programme-2022/

Click here to register: https://www.orfonline.org/orf-kgd/kgd-registrations-2022/

Click here to know more: https://www.orfonline.org/orf-kgd/