Join global conversations around development policy, practice and research
27 September 2015

(edited 27.01.2016)

With the sustainable development goals (aka global goals) just adopted by the UN General Assembly, it might be interesting to follow online conversations around international development policy, development work on the ground and development research as these goals are being implemented.

For each topic, I suggest some hashtags on Twitter, ordered by category and popularity. I also list some influential tweeps to follow. Please feel free to suggest new ones if I missed out on anything or anyone.

Development policy

Hashtags to follow:

  • #development and #aid for general chatter around these two topics
  • #GlobalGoals, #SDGs, #Agenda2030 to keep informed of the goals recently adopted by the international community at the UN Sustainable Development Summit.
  • #globaldev for conversations around international / global development
  • #sustdev for conversations around sustainable development

There are also many specific policy hashtags created around the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) to join more specialised conversations, such as #education4all, #health4all, #energy4all, #SE4all, #genderequality etc.

A trick to know the hashtags associated to one of the above, so that you can cover more ground, is It will show you correlated hashtags for any tag you type in, like this:

Hashtag cloud of global goals hashtag

Tweeps to follow on each of these topics:

Development practice

Hashtags to follow:

  • A number of best practices and examples in the field are being shared via the hashtags #ICT4D #tech4dev #comm4dev #finance4dev, etc.
  • #devjobs #aidjobs to look for work in the development / aid sector

To know which hashtags attract more conversations, you can compare them using Topsy. Here is a benchmark I did today comparing the use of #UNGA, #GlobalGoals and #SDGs. Guess which is the most popular one?

development hashtag benchmark

Tweeps to follow for exchanges of best practices and inspiration on development practices across the world:

Development research

Hashtags to follow:

  • It’s difficult to point to one or a few hashtags on this topic as development is such a transversal issue.
  • One hashtag to keep an eye on is #research4dev + all other thematic hashtags you are interested in adding #research at the end of your query.

Tweeps to follow on development research:


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  1. […] Join global conversations around development policy, practice and research […]

  2. Thanks for this helpful blog Aurelie. And for suggesting to follow @ECDPM. But could you please move us to the think tanks section. We’re an independent “think and do tank”, not a “research arm development agencies and international organisations”. Thanks in advance.

    1. Thanks Melissa. I’ve corrected it now 🙂

  3. Dear Aurelie, thanks for compiling this list. Very helpful. With respect to the Development practice section, would you be open to adding @engineer4change ? We’ve got a following of 18.5K+ discussing tech4dev.

    1. Thanks, just added it 🙂