What we're about

The South West International Development Network (SWIDN) supports, informs and connects professionals, academics, students and civil society engaged in the global development sector in the South West.

Anyone with an interest in international development is welcome to come to our meetup.com group and connect with other members. It's a great way to meet like-minded people and find out about opportunities and other events in the sector.

If you or your organisation would like to support SWIDN, please visit our website (http://www.swidn.org.uk/) and become a paid member for as little as £20 per year.

Upcoming events (3)

SWIDN Digital Comms grp (paid SWIDN Members) - Campaigns: data & case studies

SWIDN new Digital Communications Working Group - BYO lunch meeting: 'Campaign data, what makes a good campaign & learning from others' *Please note this event is only open to paid Members of SWIDN or staff of SWIDN member organisations* This Working Group is open to all paid Members of SWIDN (inc all staff of SWIDN Member organisations) who are interested in, and/or working on digital communications for international development. 'Campaign data, what makes a good campaign & learning from others' This new SWIDN Digital Communications working group is for SWIDN members who are engaged or interested in any aspect of digital comms as it relates specifically to international development including social media, email marketing, websites, and other areas - for all members, whether working for NGOs, academic institutes, private or public sector organisations, or as consultants - all are welcome! The group will: - Provide a forum to bring together members interested in and engaged with digital comms specifically for int dev - Exchange learning, knowledge and best practice - Share information on latest developments, skills and techniques - Share learnings on what worked, what didn't and why, success stories, challenges and learning from them - Discuss other topics and host guest speakers agreed by the group The group's volunteer facilitator will be Kat Gulyas, Digital Marketing Manager at SWIDN member organisation Deki. Group members are encouraged to play an active role in the group by offering to lead/facilitate occasional sessions on particular areas of interest, expertise or experience, and/or suggesting suitable external guest speakers. For this second meeting of the group, we will discuss campaign data, what makes a good campaign and learn lessons from the campaigns of other organisations, large and small. Please email Anna on [masked] if you would like to be added to the group's email list. Please note that this is a bring your own (BYO) lunch event if you would like to. PLEASE NOTE this meet-up is only available to paid members of SWIDN. To join SWIDN for yourself or your organisation, please go to: https://www.swidn.org.uk/join-us For more information, please contact Anna: [masked]

SWIDN GlobalDev Consultants Group: Adaptive management

Dom's Coffee House

SWIDN GlobalDev Consultants Group: Adaptive management This group is open to anyone who works as a consultant in international development, whether freelance or as part of a consulting firm or NGO. Our events are generally relaxed and sociable and are an opportunity for peer support, networking and collaboration. Rachel Haynes (http://flamingoforngos.org) and Kathleen Christie (http://www.kathchristie.co.uk) are co-facilitators of the SWIDN Consultants' Group. Rachel and Kathleen are both experienced consultants who have been actively involved in the group and in the wider SWIDN network over the years. Rachel is also a member of the SWIDN Board of Trustees. Please do come along to meet them, to find out what the group is up to and to share your ideas about what you would like to see the group doing in the future. Adaptive management For our Sept meeting we will be joined by international development consultant Josephine Tsui who will tell us about the concept of adaptive management. As usual, there will be time to ask questions, share experiences and discuss challenges. Co-hosting meetings As a way of sharing and developing skills focused on specific fields of consulting we’d like to extend an invitation to you to ‘co-host’ a future meeting. You might choose to focus on a specific area such as methodologies and approaches (to strategic planning, capacity building, consultation, contractual arrangements, or another area) or a specialist skill area like fundraising or influencing. Please feel free to make suggestions. Hosting would involve providing a brief introduction to the focus at the start of the meeting and then facilitating a discussion orientated towards answering key questions and/or sharing experiences in relation to the focus. Please let us know well in advance so that we can ensure the focus of the meeting is publicised in good time for other people working in that area to schedule time to attend. To discuss being a meeting ‘host’ please email: [masked] We hope to see you at a meeting soon! Please note that this group is for people working as consultants only; whether freelance or as part of a consulting firm or NGO.

SWIDN Research impact & collab grp (paid SWIDN Members): Intro planning meeting

SWIDN new Research Impact & Collaboration Working Group - BYO lunch: Introductory planning meeting *Please note this event is only open to paid Members of SWIDN or staff of SWIDN member organisations* This Working Group is open to all paid Members of SWIDN (inc all staff of SWIDN Member organisations) who are interested in, and/or working on digital communications for international development. Introductory planning meeting We are pleased to let you know that SWIDN is launching a new Research Impact and Collaboration working group for SWIDN members who are engaged or interested in any aspect of research as it relates to international development, whether from an NGO or academic perspective, from private or public sector organisations, or as consultants - all are welcome! The group will: - Provide a forum to bring together members interested in research - Exchange learning, knowledge and best practices - Explore collaboration and partnership working - Share information on research funding mechanisms and explore related collaboration potential Our ambition is that the group is challenge and partner oriented. Participants will be encouraged to play an active role in the group by offering to lead/facilitate occasional sessions on particular areas of interest within international development research, or research collaboration. The group is open to anyone interested in international development research impact and collaboration, whether you/your organisation has carried out, engaged with or collaborated on research before, would like to engage in the future, or if you are just interested in finding out about what's going on and the opportunities to get involved. Meetings will be held roughly every other month with dates and themes for each meeting advertised in advance. The first meeting will be a 'getting to know you', with people invited to express their personal or organisational specific interests in and/or experience of international development research, as well as what they or their organisation would be most interested to explore in future group meetings. Potential dates and themes for future group meetings will be discussed at the first meeting so if you are interested in learning more and helping to shape the future direction of the group, we encourage you to join its dedicated email list and come along to this first meeting. Please note, there will be no obligation to come to every meeting of the group. The group's volunteer co-facilitators who will be at the meeting are: - Dr Tom James, Impact and Partnership Development Manager – International Development and Environment, University of Exeter - Erin Klemm, Bid Developer & Writer - STEM & Environment, UWE Bristol - James Treasure-Evans, Director of Funding & Partnerships, African Initiatives Please email Anna on [masked] if you are a SWIDN member and would like to be added to the group's email list to receive updates about future group meeting dates and themes. Please note that this is a bring your own (BYO) lunch event if you would like to. PLEASE NOTE this meet-up is only available to paid members of SWIDN. To join SWIDN for yourself or your organisation, please go to: https://www.swidn.org.uk/join-us For more information, please contact Anna: [masked]

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