Upcoming events

2020 aid budget breakfast
9–10am 7 October 2020
Professor Stephen Howes

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Australia has entered recession for the first time in nearly 30 years. COVID-19 is not just hurting us, but developing countries and aid donors globally. In our neighbourhood, many Pacific economies are reeling from the drop in tourism and hit to jobs, while other countries are struggling to contain the pandemic itself. Some have faced a health and economic crisis on top of natural disasters and climate change impacts. Meanwhile, Australia’s aid budget has already sunk to historic lows as a percentage of Gross National Income after seven years of cuts.

2020 has been a year like no other, including a delayed October budget. But our annual aid budget breakfast is back, via webinar — BYO breakfast!

Join us on Wednesday 7 October, the morning after the Federal Budget is delivered, as the Devpolicy team goes through the numbers to find out what the future holds for Australia’s aid engagement.

Note: Due to a lack of information about how much aid budget documentation will be provided this year, this event may be cancelled or postponed.

This webinar is free and open to the public. It will be recorded, and the recording will be made available after the event through the Development Policy Centre website.

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Pacific labour mobility and remittances in times of COVID-19
Pacific labour mobility and remittances in times of COVID-19
12–1pm 21 October 2020
Dr Dung Doan, Dr Kenia Parsons, Dr Kirstie Petrou and Dr Matthew Dornan

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International labour migration and the remittances it generates have long been an important source of employment and income for Pacific islanders, especially in times of adverse domestic shocks. Many low-skilled Pacific workers find seasonal employment in Australia and New Zealand, engaging primarily in agriculture sector jobs under the Seasonal Worker Programme and the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme. The Pacific diaspora, concentrated in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, is also an important source of remittances to the region.

Migrant workers from both groups have been affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, the impacts of the crisis on employment outcomes of Pacific migrant workers and remittances to Pacific island countries will be explored. The speakers will present findings from a recent World Bank phone survey of Pacific seasonal workers and their employers, and from phone-based interviews of Pacific diaspora groups in Australia and New Zealand.

Speakers:

Dr Dung Doan is an Economist at the World Bank, focusing on jobs and labor market issues in the Pacific region.

Dr Kenia Parsons is a Social Protection and Jobs Specialist at the World Bank.

Dr Kirstie Petrou is a research associate with the Climate and Sustainability Research Group at Flinders University, and a consultant with the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs team.

Dr Matthew Dornan is a Senior Economist at the World Bank.

This webinar is free and open to the public. It will be recorded, and the recording will be made available after the event through the Development Policy Centre website.

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