The Barbara Ward Lecture series celebrates IIED's founder, Barbara Ward, a distinguished economist, journalist, and policy advisor who was among the earliest advocates of sustainable development.
Barbara Ward was a renowned speaker whose lectures influenced audiences around the world. In honour of her pioneering work in sustainable development and the inspiration she gave to many in the field, IIED organises lectures by the current generation of outstanding women in development.
The 2016 Barbara Ward Lecture was delivered on 11 October 2016 by Debra Roberts, head of the Sustainable City Initiatives portfolio in eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa. Roberts has gained worldwide recognition for spearheading work on how the world’s urban spaces can tackle the risks of climate change.
IIED’s Barbara Ward lecture series celebrates our founder, Barbara Ward. I am both proud and pleased to honour her legacy and celebrate outstanding women in development.