Sessions & workshops

Panel “Trickle up” Pro poor economic development and system change | 11.00h - 12.30h | Workspace 2nd Floor | Many - trickle down -  economic development activities do not reach the poor, neither do they effectively address inequality. A complementary trickle up approach is needed. However, pro poor economic development cannot and should not be limited to (economic) local activities in developing countries. Action is also needed at the macro level, such as advocating and promoting fair trade chains, complying with international investment agreements and combatting tax avoidance. True system change to better lives means also to bend policy, investments and agreements as effectively as possible in the interest of vulnerable groups and regions. That is why Partos is developing an inclusive proposition: ‘Trickle up’ as a driving force for change whereby more and more people get out of poverty and exclusion. Please join this explorative panel on system change.  



Digitalisation in Motion | 11.00h - 12.30h | IJzaal 5th Floor | Digitalisation is one of those topics that can inspire both hope and despair. There are so many innovations, both big and small, that one hardly knows where to start. From algorithms and blockchain to cyber security and big data. How do we know which innovations are useful for the sector and our organisations? This working session will map some priority areas for possible cooperation between development organisations and digital innovators: what are the needs and what can be provided? The session also aims to initiate one or more pilots with development organisations and an agenda for cooperation.

This session will be held in cooperation with the Digital 100. The Digital 100 is a network of ICT experts with a mission to advance the 'digital literacy' of development organisations. Digital technologies and open and big data are beginning to take a central stage in development cooperation. These developments pose many challenges to development organisations, strategically, organisationally, operationally and technically. Practitioners can learn from each other in terms of both exchanging insights and best practices. The broad expertise of the Digital 100 might be a valuable, complementary resource. The workshop is a first step in the mapping of potential and mutual synergies.



Workshop Target Group-led advocacy: ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ in Action | 11.00h - 12.30h | Open ruimte 5th Floor | In this workshop the Liliane Fonds and the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development will illustrate some powerful examples of advocacy by youth, people with disabilities, women and other excluded groups, in which they have raised their voice for an inclusive society. Based on these examples, we will have an interactive discussion on different levels of participation and empowerment, solidarity and intersectionality, and how we can all stimulate target group-led advocacy. Be ready to get inspired by creative advocacy methodologies and to reflect upon the approaches of your own organisation. This workshop is given by Géke Appeldoorn (Liliane Fonds) and Ieke van Lammeren (Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development).

Civil society narratives & Hope Based Communications | 11.00h - 12.30h | Expo 1st Floor | Good communications is not about saying what is popular, it is about making popular what needs to be said. If you believe the mainstream media, values like openness, tolerance and diversity are out of fashion. We can change that. Governments only follow where public opinion leads. At a time where populists seem to have public opinion in their pockets, we all need to be better communicators if we are to turn the narrative back in the right direction. And there are simple and accessible tools we can use, such as social listening, storytelling, audience segmentation and digital targeting. Global communications strategist Thomas Coombes has developed a simple, practical new approach to changing minds and winning debates - you can apply it in big campaigns or at the family dinner table. He calls it Hope-Based Communications. Thomas will present bold and innovative new approaches to campaigning from around the world, along with research from neuroscience, psychology and linguistics that give us a far greater understanding of how emotions affect politics and society.


This workshop will teach practical tools for developing messages that connect with your audience, strategies that change behaviours and tactics that build passionate movements. Together, we will identify new ways to talk about a more inclusive world. It is time our causes moved on from primarily raising awareness about problems and do a better job of making the case for the world we want to see: anger mobilizes but hope organizes. This session is for: professionals working in campaigning, advocacy, mobilisation, communications, civil society capacity building and public affairs.

Making truly inclusive campaigns & stories of equality and diversity | 13.30h - 15.30h | Expo 1st Floor | We need to develop truly inclusive campaigns and authentic stories that go beyond stereotypes about development cooperation and excluded groups. Not only should we portray people in an equal and dignified way, but we should make sure they are a crucial part in the making and developing of stories and campaigns. Can we apply the principle "Nothing about us without us" to all phases of a project? In this session, experts will give you practical suggestions on how to work truly inclusive and in co-creation with the ones involved. With a focus on inclusion, equality and diversity, this discussion will consider how storymaking and campaigning can contribute towards a culture of equality in development cooperation.


One of our speakers at this session is well known photographer Marieke van der Velden.

This session is for: professionals working in communications, campaigning, programmes and advocacy.

Future cities & Youth Employment | 13.30h - 15.45h | Studio 5th Floor | In 2030 there will be 41 megacities in the world with more than 10 million inhabitants, 63 with 5 to 10 million, 558 cities with 1 to 5 million and so on! What will be the challenges and opportunities in these cities? Most of these fast-growing cities are located in coastal areas. What will climate change mean? Many young people migrate to cities for several reasons. How will they find or create work? Pressure on land and water, the shortfall in food and other basics, gentrification, uprise because of dissatisfaction, disaster to cope with these challenges? What are possible opportunities in (a fourth) industrialization, in growing connectivity and sharing information, growth in demand, innovative solutions? What could be the role of knowledge Institutes, NGOs and social entrepreneurs? Can they stimulate a base fore resilience and inclusion? Where to start in this complex environment?

Join this session, where we explore these questions with Arjan van Timmeren (AMS - Inst and TU Delft), working on cities, environment, living quality and data, and the expert(s) of  Metabolic working on sustainability and systems thinking. And of course, with participants & innovators from Oxfam Novib, RNW Media, IHS, VNG and others form the audience! Let's seek opportunities!

Transforming towards a future we want | 11.00h - 12.30h | Big hall |

Be challenged, hear and share stories! In this workshop, you are invited to take part in an Appreciative Inquiry to hear and share stories about experiences with moving towards a future we want. You will be challenged by provocative statements on transforming towards a future we want:


  • Dare to stop! Dare to stop activities that do not contribute to a long-term perspective
  • Get out of the Way! And allow the most affected to be in the lead.
  • It’s your mission, stupid!  Don’t let the institutional interests take over and question if

  • the work that is being done is really needed and adds value.
  • Stop colonialism! See and support the empowerment of people in the South; a.o.change the development cooperation tenders.


Together we will explore what works well in our journey to a future we want and what more we can do. The workshop will be hosted by Han Verhoeven en Elien Rogaar from Perspectivity.



NGO and company partnerships for inclusive business |13.30h - 15.45h | Meeting Room 2nd Floor |

  • What would our target group and my organization gain from partnering with a company?
  • Are we not compromising our rights based focus when we adopt a market based approach as well?
  • We face a dilemma: should we be a paid service provider or an equal partner to a company?
  • We find it hard to make the case for inclusion among the business people we meet. What would work? Can pioneering NGOs or companies support us?   

Do these questions resonate with you and your organization? Then this workshop is meant for you and your colleagues! The Spindle partnered with Endeva, thought leaders and facilitators and ecosystem facilitators in the area of inclusive business, to develop a guide on NGO and company partnerships for inclusive business.


Dutch NGOs with experience in the area of inclusive business partnerships provided valuable input to the guide. In an interactive workshop, moderated by Nelleke van der Vleuten, NGO representatives and their company partners will share their insights and reflect on your burning questions.