Past Summits



When we convened in 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the message was clear: Those in the field of social and behavior change communication needed to connect, share and learn from one another. The enthusiastic response to that first SBCC Summit led to a commitment to convene every two years.


2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit

The 2018 Summit Declaration articulated a set of common principles with a call to action for governments, donors and others to embrace, institutionalize and invest in SBCC. It called on the SBCC community to work together to inform, engage and empower individuals, households and communities to demand and participate in change and in improving their own lives. The interest in the 2018 Summit was overwhelming, from a record number of abstracts submitted to nearly twice as many people attending the Nusa Dua, Indonesia, conference as had attended in Addis just two years before. The topics covered were manifold from gender, youth and social norms to nutrition, family planning and climate change. There were talks on behavioral economics, big data, entertainment-education, human-centered design, measurement and evaluation and so much more. A week at the Summit was truly a crash course in the best our field has to offer. And that was just what filled the program. Much of the true learning and understanding came from conversations had in the hallways or during lunch, where people from around the world who may approach their work in very different ways came together to learn from one another.

Learn more about the 2018 Summit by reading the summary report and watching the official Summit video below.


2016 International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit

The first International SBCC Summit was conceived with a bold vision: to bring together the global community of SBCC organizations, practitioners and researchers to advance the field of behavior change. And this vision was realized. For four days in February 2016, more than 750 SBCC professionals from over 50 countries came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to share knowledge and lessons learned, to forge new partnerships and strengthen friendships, to disseminate recent research and tools, to generally enhance the science and art of SBCC for global health and development, and to show the world that our community exists and it is strong.

Learn more about the 2016 Summit by reading the summary report and watching the official Summit video below.