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The call for papers and panels for the 2020 Australasian AID Conference (AAC) is now open. The conference will be held 17-19 February 2020 at The Australian National University.
The conference is multidisciplinary in nature, and examines topics related to aid and international development (the AID in the conference acronym). We welcome abstracts and panel proposals from academics and practitioners on the following topics:
• Aid effectiveness, at both the micro and macro level
• The political economy and politics of aid
• Aid and security
• Aid from non-traditional donors
• Gender and aid/development
• Aid and the private sector
• Humanitarian aid
• Aid evaluation
• International public goods (climate change, global health, etc.)
• Migration and international trade policy, from a development perspective
• The international aid and development architecture, including the G20, World Bank, and other international agencies
• International development themes and trends
• Aid management and development practice
Submissions are welcome from academics, practitioners and students. The AAC is a research conference. Papers arguing for particular policy positions are welcome, but must be based on solid research. Papers outlining proposed research will not be accepted.
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should be unstructured. Please submit your abstract and author details through this online form.
In addition to individual abstracts, organised panels of up to four presenters are also invited. Panel organisers have considerable flexibility, and can present a roundtable discussion rather than a series of papers if that is desired.
We also host book and report launches and other special events on the afternoon of the pre-conference day (Monday Feburary 17 2020). If you want to submit a proposal for Monday 17th, please do so using the panel submission form, and note your interest on that form.
Panel proposals should be no more than 400 words in length and should be unstructured. Please submit your panel proposal and panellists/presenters details through this online form.
The deadline for all submissions is 5pm AEST on 4 October 2019.
All authors will be advised whether their abstract or panel has been accepted no later than 29 November 2019.
Please be advised that if your abstract/proposal is accepted, you will then be required to register for the conference. Registration information and fee details are available here.
Funding for AAC presenters
The following opportunities to support presenters to attend AAC2020 are available:
Postgraduate students (all nationalities) based in Australia
We will cover domestic travel and accommodation costs for a limited number of PhD and post-graduate students who are presenting. Should your abstract and funding request be successful, we will arrange your accommodation (for two nights in Canberra) and reimburse the cost of the most economic means of domestic transport to the conference. You will still be required to register at your own cost, and we recommend that you apply for funding from your university for this where possible.
Developing country presenters based overseas
We will waive registration fees for a limited number of presenters who are citizens of and will be travelling from a developing country to present at the conference. For these purposes, ‘developing country’ is defined using this list. We are not able to provide any support toward the cost of international travel or accommodation, and recommend that presenters based overseas seek support for this from their home institution.
Please note that you must request this funding via the form when submitting your abstract for consideration.
Due to limited resources, receipt of travel support and registration fee waivers cannot be guaranteed for all postgraduate students and developing country presenters who apply for it. In the case of us receiving more requests for this support than can be met from our budget, selection will be made by convenors based on the strength of the abstract.
If you have any questions, or if you do not receive an automated email confirming receipt of your abstract within one week of submission, please contact email@example.com with “2020 Australian Aid Conference” in the subject line.
3MAP: The 3 minute aid pitch
After a hiatus in 2019, 3MAP: the 3-Minute Aid Pitch will be back at the 2020 Australasian AID Conference (AAC) from 17-19 February.
In the style of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, speakers will have three minutes to present their proposal, followed by audience questions and a vote to find our winner.
If you have an idea to improve Australian aid or development policy, we’d like to hear from you! Submit a short paragraph (200 words max) outlining your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org (with “3MAP pitch” in the subject line) by Friday 30 November 2019. We’ll then select a handful of the most promising ideas to be presented and debated at the AAC (and they’ll get free conference registration!).
More information about the conference will become available on this page, so please check back periodically.