Celebrating 50 years of work helping people to find their own path to development

13 April 2022
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This year, we celebrate our 50th birthday. Our journey has involved many others and we wish to thank all those who have been instrumental in our successes: a wide range of development partners, many varied donors/funders and many supporters, including many individual staff across the University of Wolverhampton.

As we turn 50, we are planning to take a look back at some of our most impactful work, and then look forward to how we will continue to make a difference in the next ten years.

We have a series of celebratory events coming up which we hope will recognise our achievements and the crucially important role our partners have played in them. We will also be looking to the future and would like to invite you to join us.

Looking ahead our plans include:

  • Inviting our alumni, to help tell the story of the past fifty years.
  • Looking at, and sharing, some of the groundbreaking capacity development work of our partners.
  • A series of celebratory events involving CIDT staff, associates and many others, to critically examine our recent work, future ambitions and what we have learned on the way.

The first CIDT@50 event will take place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The event will be held in conjunction with CIDT’s 13th Forest Governance Forum.

Forest Governance Forums have been held in Central Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia for the past 15 years or so as platforms for forest policy and climate change. As part of this event, representatives of CIDT will celebrate with some of the front-line actors that are combating deforestation, illegal logging, and ensuring that local communities are protected from the effects of climate change as well as benefiting from forest resources. CIDT played and continues to play a crucial role in strengthening the capacities of these frontline actors whose role has increased in importance as the international community implements some of the commitments made at COP26 in Glasgow – see here and here.

Later in the year, CIDT will be hosting several important reflective events:

Our invitation

In our 50th year, we ask friends, colleagues and partners – new and old – to look forward with us as we ask “What must we do over the next ten years to build a sustainable and equitable future?”

To join the conversation:

  • Sign up to the CIDT newsletter at the bottom of this page for updates on events and activity.
  • Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.