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The Cambridge Effect: one city’s impact on international development

Cambridge ideas change the world. The Humanitarian Centre has published a new report, Cambridge and international development, which explores how Cambridge innovation has a positive impact on the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Read the report online (PDF):

Cambridge and International Development 2010

The report’s launch was celebrated at a reception at Emmanuel College, Cambridge on Monday 15th November. The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Sheila Stuart, spoke at the event:

“One of the things that makes Cambridge such a special place, and indeed makes me so very proud to be its Mayor, is the absolute commitment of so many of our people to such important and worthwhile issues in the developing world. These are people who work tirelessly, with no thought of reward, and their innovative efforts are captured in this excellent publication by the Humanitarian Centre.”

Ian Steed, Cllr Sheila Stuart & Steve Jones at the launch event. © Cambridge News

The report features a series of case studies drawn from the work of Cambridge businesses, NGOs, academics and consultants. Each case study reflects an aspect of innovative Cambridge work.*

  • Find out how chocolate company Hotel Chocolat changes the lives of cocoa farmers in St Lucia and Ghana.
  • Celebrate the triumph of the inaugural Street Child World Cup, conceived in Cambridge and brought about with the help of Cambridge social enterprise Momentum Arts.
  • Trace how research in the Cambridge University Architecture Department has informed the shelter provided to 1.5 million Haitians made homeless by the January earthquake.
  • Read how Cambridge film-maker Dominique Chadwick uses community film projects to support social change in Africa.

The report contains one underlying message: Cambridge’s collective impact on international development is huge. This is the first time that the developmental impact of a UK city has been researched and represented.


Read the report online: Cambridge and International Development 2010 (PDF)

Read the Case Studies featured in the report: Case Studies (Innovation)

If you would like a hard copy of the report, please send your name, address and a cheque for £4.50 (to cover printing and postage costs) to: The Humanitarian Centre, Fenner’s, Gresham Road, Cambridge  CB1 2ES


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LINKS: Cambridge and International Development in the Press

Cambridge innovations are transforming lives in the developing world‘, Cambridge First, 18 November 2010

What the Cambridge effect does for international development‘, Cambridge News, 18 November 2010

Chocolate, water pipes and PLoS Medicine‘, from Speaking of Medicine, the PLoS Medicine community blog, 18 November 2010



Cambridge and International Development is produced by the Humanitarian Centre and sponsored by Cambridge University Press and University of Cambridge ESOL.

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