Past events

This page provides a list of archived events we have held, including video recordings, related blogs, and (more recently) audio podcasts: Development Policy Centre Podcast.

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Cambodian scholarship awardees pose for photos with Chinese embassy officials and Cambodian education officials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 8, 2014 / Khmer Times
Australian and Chinese scholarships to Cambodia: a comparative study
12.30–1.30pm 13 March 2019
Kongkea Chhoeun

There is a strong academic and policy interest in comparisons of OECD and Chinese development assistance, but few actual comparative studies. Scholarships are one of the few forms of aid favoured by both OECD donors and China and so provide a natural, but so far underexplored area for comparison.

This seminar presented findings from a PhD thesis comparing Chinese and Australian scholarships to Cambodia. Based on surveys of 1,170 future, current and past scholars to both countries, and on 36 in-depth, in-country interviews, the thesis seeks to understand the differences in the types of students selected, and the types of influence exerted by Australian and Chinese scholarships provided to Cambodia.

Kongkea Chhoeun is a PhD student at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. This is his pre-submission seminar.

Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Location: Griffin Room, Level 1, Crawford School of Public Policy, 132 Lennox Crossing, Acton

Photo: Cambodian scholarship awardees pose for photos with Chinese embassy officials and Cambodian education officials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 8, 2014 / Khmer Times

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Promoting empowerment through aid for trade
4.30–6pm 18 February 2019
Dr Bambang Susantono, Dr Cyn-Young Park, and Dr Shishir Priyadarshi

International trade has been instrumental to rapid economic growth and poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific, but its benefits are not always shared equitably amongst all segments of the economy. How can international trade promote inclusive growth and empowerment?

By actively pursuing participation of women and the growing youth population in trade-related activities; facilitating the integration of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises into regional value chains and global trade, and promoting inclusive industrial development by broadening trade for the services and rural economy, according to the Asian Development Bank’s new report Promoting empowerment through aid for trade. In this panel, experts discuss key findings from the report.

This event is part of the 2019 Australasian Aid Conference. Pre-conference events on Monday 18 February are open to the public, but all other sessions require conference registration.

An opening reception for the conference will be held following this event, with refreshments.

Chair: Dr Bambang Susantono is Vice President of Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development at the Asian Development Bank.

Presenter: Dr Cyn-Young Park is Director of Regional Cooperation and Integration at the Economics and Research Department, Asian Development Bank.

Discussant: Dr Shishir Priyadarshi is Director of the Development Division at the World Trade Organisation.

This session is generously supported by the Asian Development Bank.

Date: Monday 18 February 2019
Time: 4.30PM–6.00PM
Venue: Barton Lecture Theatre, #132 JG Crawford Building, ANU
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Refugee camps in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh (UN Women Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
2019 Australasian Aid Conference launch events
2–4pm 18 February 2019
Various speakers

The 2019 Australasian Aid Conference will run from 18-20 February, and as part of the pre-conference program a series of four report and book launches will be open to the public. They will cover the role of ASEAN, Australian development policy, addressing inequality and marginalisation, and peace and justice in the Pacific.

All other sessions require conference registration. Details here.

ASEAN as the architect for regional development cooperation 2pm, Barton Theatre

ASEAN has not traditionally played a major role in development assistance, but the recent expansion of regional development initiatives, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, is increasing geopolitical competition in Southeast Asia and posing major opportunities and risks for ASEAN countries. In light of this, The Asia Foundation’s recent report on ASEAN as the architect for regional development cooperation examines the prospects and challenges of ASEAN playing a greater leadership role in development cooperation, how this could realistically happen, and the implications for international development organisations.

Thomas Parks is Thailand Country Representative of the The Asia Foundation.

Dr Helen Cheney is Counsellor at the Australian Mission to ASEAN, DFAT.

Dr Peter Drysdale is Emeritus Professor at the ANU.

Larry Maramis is a former ASEAN, UNDP and UNESCAP official.

Integrating foreign affairs: what has worked, what has not, and where to next in a changed world 2pm, Brindabella Theatre

The 2013 integration of AusAid into DFAT was controversial, but now, five years on, how successful has it been? In this strategic review, former AusAid Deputy Director General Richard Moore looks at the gains, the possibilities not yet identified, and the strategic risks, concluding that reshaping development cooperation will be critical to achieving White Paper objectives in Asia, as well as the Pacific.

Engendering transformative change in international development 3pm, Barton Theatre

The Sustainable Development Goals are grand ambitions for ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. But these are impossible without addressing other issues, such as inequality and marginalisation. Gillian Fletcher’s new book Engendering transformative change in international development brings together theoretical perspectives on social change, gender, intersectionality and forms of knowledge, concluding with proposals for revitalising a change agenda that recognises and engages with intersectionality and practical wisdom.

SDG16 in the Pacific 3pm, Brindabella Theatre

SDG16 focuses on peace, justice and strong institutions, and is particularly important to the Pacific region as it confronts many emerging challenges, both internal and external. This new report, SDG16 in the Pacific, part of a larger research project by the Institute for Economics and Peace with support from DFAT, outlines opportunities for the Pacific in measuring progress for SDG16, as well as regional opportunities for sustaining peace.

Murray Ackman is Research Fellow at the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Alison Culpin is Demographer and Social Statistician at The Pacific Community (SPC).

Dr Michelle Rooney is Research Fellow at the ANU.

Patrick Tuimalealiifano is Deputy Team Leader at Inclusive Growth, UNDP Pacific Office.

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