The South West International Development Network (SWIDN)


The South West International Development Network (SWIDN) supports and connects NGOs, civil society, think tanks, academics, consultants and private sector organisations to work more efficiently and collaboratively towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

There are at least 200 organisations working on international development in the South West, making the region the largest global development hub outside London. Cross-sector partnerships including NGOs/civil society and academic and private sector organisations, will be vital to the successful delivery of the 17 SDGs by 2030.

SWIDN and the University of Bristol have a strong existing relationship, particularly through the University’s International Development Research Group headed up by BPI Board Member Dr Tigist Grieve. In January the University hosted ‘BOND Connect’ in partnership with BOND and SWIDN, which brought together a range of organisations and sectors to explore the roles of NGOs, research and collaboration in the International Development sector. Looking ahead, we are currently in discussion with SWIDN about co-hosting an event or series of events on international development and poverty in late 2019 and/or early 2020 – watch this space!

In the meantime, please visit to find out more about SWIDN and their valuable work.

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