Upcoming events

Tongan remittances: Channels, costs, and the potential gains from switching
2–3.30pm 30 April 2024
Ryan Edwards, Deputy Director, Development Policy Centre

ACDE Seminar

Speaker: Ryan Edwards, Deputy Director, Development Policy Centre

We combine new survey data with a market audit of remittance costs to examine the inward remittance market in Tonga, where remittances are almost equal to half of the country’s GDP. We find that, contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of low-cost options for remitting to Tonga and other Pacific countries, and that cost rankings are generally stable over time. Households’ remittance channel choices lead to higher realised costs due to the large gaps between high and low-cost service remittance service providers (RSPs).

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Are government ministers in Papua New Guinea more likely to be re-elected?
12.30–1.30pm 3 May 2024
Alyssa Leng, Research Officer, ANU

Being a government minister is often seen in Papua New Guinea as providing a resource and reputational advantage for parliamentarians running for re-election.

Using a difference-in-differences approach, Alyssa Leng, Research Officer at ANU finds that being a minister increases the likelihood that an incumbent member of parliament (MP) wins at the next election by 14.4 percentage points in open electorates. This effect dissipates within one election cycle, even if the MP continues to hold ministerial office. There appears to be no ministerial incumbent effect for parliamentarians running in provincial electoral seats that cover multiple districts, likely reflecting the effects of a law governing ministerial office in PNG.

The monthly ANU-UPNG seminar series is part of the partnership between the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG, supported by the PNG-Aus Partnership.

The seminars are hybrid events, held in ANU, at the MBA Suite in the SBPP building at the University of PNG, and online.

The time zone for this event in Papua New Guinea is 12.30pm - 1.30pm PGT.

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2024 aid budget breakfast
9–10am 15 May 2024

On 14 May, the Australian government will deliver its first budget since the release of the 2023 international development policy and DFAT’s review of development finance. It may also be the government’s last aid budget before an election in 2024-25.

The Development Policy Centre team will present their analysis of the 2024-25 budget and trends in Australian and global aid.

Devpol team Professor Stephen Howes, Director Dr Terence Wood, Fellow Dr Cameron Hill, Senior Research Officer Huiyuan (Sharon) Liu, Research Officer

Photo credit: Bruno Loue/DFAT

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2024 PNG Update
9am 21 August – 5pm 22 August 2024
Various speakers

The annual PNG Update is the premier forum for the discussion of research and analysis relating to contemporary economic and public policy issues in PNG.

Organised by the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy and the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, the 2024 PNG Update will be held at the University of Papua New Guinea Waigani campus on 21–22 August.

Visit the PNG Update Page in coming months for more details on the Call for Papers and event details or for email updates please subscribe to the Development Policy Centre newsletter.

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2024 Australasian AID Conference
12pm 3 December – 5pm 5 December 2024
Various Speakers

The 2024 Australasian AID Conference (AAC2024) will be held on 3–5 December.

The aim of AAC2024 is to bring together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia and beyond who are working on aid and international development policy (the AID in the conference acronym) to share insights, promote collaboration, and support development within the research community. With more than 600 people attending in 2023, the AAC continues to be Australia’s premier aid and development conference.

AAC204 will be held at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra. The main emphasis of the conference is on in-person attendance and presentations, with all the opportunities for interaction and networking thereby afforded. It will also offer livestreaming via YouTube of selected sessions.

Visit the Australasian AID Conference pages in coming months for the Call for Papers and Panels plus registration details. Or for email updates please subscribe to the Development Policy Centre fortnightly newsletter.

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