Barbara Ward Lecture 2024: Mafalda Duarte


Join us on 14 May for a lecture by Mafalda Duarte, executive director of the Green Climate Fund, and the launch of IIED's new strategy.

6.30-8.30pm (GMT)
Barbara Ward Lectures
A series of lectures by the current generation of outstanding women in development, in honour of IIED's founder
Last updated 28 February 2024
Head and shoulder of Mafalda Duarte with the text "Barbara Ward Lecture, outstanding women in development".

Mafalda Duarte (Photo: Green Climate Fund)

Our speaker will be: 

Mafalda Duarte, executive director of the Green Climate Fund

Join us on Tuesday, 14 May 2024 in person for the latest in our Barbara Ward Lecture Series to celebrate Outstanding Women in Development.  

In honour of IIED’s founder Barbara Ward’s pioneering work in sustainable development and the inspiration she gave to many in the field, IIED invites members of the current generation of outstanding women in development to present their thoughts on the pressing issues of our time.

This year we have Mafalda Duarte delivering our lecture. Duarte is the executive director of the Green Climate Fund, the world’s largest multilateral climate fund, since August 1, 2023. For decades, Duarte has challenged business as usual to drive innovative and pioneering development and climate-responsive investments globally.

IIED has followed Duarte’s work with the Green Climate Fund closely and shares the ambition to make sure climate finance reaches those most affected by the climate crises in search of a better climate future for all. We are honoured to have Duarte speaking to the ambition and the challenges facing climate finance and realising the Paris Agreement.

Before her current role, Duarte was CEO of Climate Investment Funds, where she steered a multibillion-dollar portfolio of investments pushing the frontiers of clean energy, sustainable land management and resilience across more than 70 middle and low-income countries.

After her lecture, we will have time for audience questions. Then we will have an informal drinks reception, giving an opportunity for networking and catching up with colleagues.

Alongside the Barbara Ward Lecture we will take this opportunity to launch IIED’s ambitious new ‘Manifesto for a thriving world’ that offers fresh answers and approaches to address the world’s vast and entrenched social, environmental and economic challenges.

As IIED embarks on a new strategy cycle we have identified opportunities for IIED to be more agile and responsive to today’s fast-moving challenges and address big blockers that continue to feed the interconnected crises our world is facing.

Our new manifesto sets out six focused propositions around which IIED will organise its strengths, identifying where IIED and its partners can concentrate efforts to have the biggest impact, catalyse diverse alliances and collaborate much more. IIED envisions opportunities for transformative action, including collaboration with social movements, reforming financial governance, promoting sustainable business models and fostering solidarity-based initiatives between diverse communities, to build a fairer, more sustainable world.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024, 6.30-8.30pm (BST)

This is a free event, and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive at the venue in good time.

What time do I need to be at the venue?

We will try to start promptly at 7pm and recommend you arrive in time to register from 6.30pm and take your seat. If you haven't checked in before 6.50pm we may offer your place to those waiting for returns.

Do you let in latecomers?

We discourage latecomers and reserve the right to refuse admission in these cases. If there is space in the room, and the event will not be disturbed by late arrivals, then we will allow it.

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Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those with tickets. Not everyone who books uses their ticket, so, to ensure a full house, we offer more tickets than there are places.

This method usually leads to a full room, but on rare occasions we may be a few places out. Please do arrive in good time to take your seat before the start time to avoid disappointment.

What is the informal drinks reception?

After the lecture we will host an informal drinks reception, giving an opportunity for networking and catching up with colleagues.

During the reception we will offer drinks, canapes and nibbles that will be vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options.

Do I need to bring a ticket to get in?

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