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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Migration and household finances: how a different framing can improve thinking about migration
10–11am 10 June 2020
Timothy N. Ogden

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It is time to fundamentally reframe the research agenda on migration, remittances, payments and development. Many policymakers in the developing world, and researchers, tend to view migrant remittances as windfall income, rather than as returns on investment, which is how families with migrants tend to see remittances. Migration is thus, among other things, a strategy for financial management in poor households: location is an asset, migration an investment.

Some of the most basic questions about remittances and their effects remain inadequately answered, in part because of a blinded research agenda. Asking better questions is a step toward better policies, programs and regulations and, above all, to enable people on low incomes to improve their lives.

In this webinar, Timothy N. Ogden discussed some of the new and alternative research questions that emerge from the shift of perspective on remittances – from windfall to return on investment.


Timothy N. Ogden is Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative, a research centre housed at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Prior to joining the Financial Access Initiative he was the Chief Knowledge Officer at Geneva Global, Inc., an international philanthropy advisory company, and founding editor of Gartner Press. He also founded and currently leads Sona Partners, a thought leadership communications firm, where he has helped develop more than 20 books for major publishers.

This webinar is based on the article: “Migration and household finances: How a different framing can improve thinking about migration”. Also check out the videos based on the article: “What’s Behind Door #3? Investment in Migration for the World’s Poor”, and “When is Income Not Income?”.

Subscribe to The Weekly faiV, the Financial Access Initiative’s weekly newsletter on microfinance and financial inclusion.

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Migrant health workers are on the COVID-19 frontline: we need more of them
4–5pm 28 April 2020
Helen Dempster and Rebekah Smith

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In most high-income countries, migrants make up a large share of health workers and are more likely to be on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. Yet, despite this reliance, most high-income countries have been resistant to increasing health worker migration for two reasons: concern over skill levels, and concern over ‘brain drain’ from low-income countries. COVID-19 is proving that many of these barriers are surmountable in times of crisis, and must be overcome, both to combat pandemics, and to address broader patterns of aging demographics.

In this talk, Helen Dempster and Rebekah Smith discussed ways in which we can address global health worker shortages during pandemics, and, in the long-term, build up the global stock of health workers to address increasingly worrying demographic impacts.

This talk is based on the recently published blog post, “Migrant Health Workers Are on the COVID-19 Frontline. We Need More of Them.”


Helen Dempster is the Assistant Director and Senior Associate for Policy Outreach for the Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy Program at the Center for Global Development (CGD). Prior to joining CGD, she worked for five years in research communications at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the International Growth Centre (IGC).

Rebekah Smith is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, working with the migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy team. She is the Founder and Interim Director of Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP), a new organization which incubated inside of CGD. Previously, Smith worked at the World Bank, building institutions in countries (sending, receiving and transit) to facilitate labor migration.

Background papers

Promoting New Kinds of Legal Labour Migration Pathways Between Europe and Africa

A Tool to Implement the Global Compact for Migration: Ten Key Steps for Building Global Skill Partnerships

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Using migration to manage demographic pressure
5–7pm 24 March 2020
Professor Satish Chand and Ms Helen Dempster


Over the next 80 years, the world will experience significant demographic shifts. Developed countries are seeing massive reductions in their working-age populations, due to a combination of below-replacement fertility and increased longevity. The impact of this is already being felt, with the private sector in many countries demanding an increase in the number of workers available and the types of skills that they possess.

At the same time, developing countries are seeing massive increases in their working-age populations. Many of these new labour market entrants will enter increasingly developed local economies, others will migrate regionally in search of opportunities. And others will seek work elsewhere, in places such as the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, to pursue fulfilling livelihoods and send remittances back home.

Managing migration to the benefit of all involved is therefore one of the most pressing issues of our time. In this public event, researchers from the Center for Global Development (CGD) will discuss new initiatives aimed at regulating this movement through a Global Skill Partnership model. The discussion will draw on experiences between Central America and the United States, between sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, and between the Pacific and Australia, shedding light on new developments in migration policy, and what lessons they could hold for our changing world.


Professor Satish Chand, Professor of Finance, School of Business, University of New South Wales; Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

Ms Helen Dempster, Assistant Director and Senior Associate for Policy Outreach for the Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy Program, Center for Global Development

Refreshments will be provided prior to the forum in the foyer outside of Acton Theatre from 5-5:30pm.

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Thinking and Working Politically in Development: Coalitions for Change in the Philippines
12.30–1.30pm 12 March 2020
Mr Jaime Faustino and Mr Sam Chittick


Over the past decade, a community of practice committed to ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ (TWP) has emerged among practitioners and policymakers in government agencies, multilateral institutions, and think tanks focused on promoting development across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Coalitions for Change (CfC), a partnership between the Australian Embassy and The Asia Foundation in the Philippines, is one program inspired by TWP.

Join us for the launch of Thinking and Working Politically in Development: Coalitions for Change in the Philippines, which explores the results from CfC initiatives in tax reform, education reform, land governance reform, electoral reform, infrastructure reform, disaster risk reduction and management, and conflict resolution.

Jaime Faustino and Sam Chittick of The Asia Foundation will discuss CfC’s innovative and effective methods for achieving the most significant and sustainable impact and the lessons for policymakers exploring new modalities for development programs.


Jaime Faustino, Program Director, Economic Reform and Development Entrepreneurship, The Asia Foundation

Jaime Faustino has managed the Foundation’s Philippine economic development program since 2006, and has worked on projects that led to significant and transformative results on the lives of millions of Filipinos.

Sam Chittick, Country Representative – Philippines, The Asia Foundation

Sam Chittick oversees the Foundation’s programming in the Philippines, focused on supporting economic growth, strengthening justice and the rule of law, fostering peace and development, and improving governance. Over the last two decades Sam has worked within a range of development organizations, including the World Bank, UN, Australian Aid, and NGOs in 14 countries across Asia and Africa, including eleven years in the Philippines.

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Fiji economic survey 2020
12.30–1.30pm 4 March 2020
Dr Neelesh Gounder

Fiji has one of the most developed economies of the Pacific island countries. The Fiji economic survey paper argues that a stable political climate is important for future economic performance and sustaining growth in the medium to long term. In the short term, fiscal prudence, greater macroeconomic stability and an improving business environment are important for creating an enabling environment for economic growth.

This seminar provided a current update and outlook for the Fijian economy.

Dr Neelesh Gounder is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of the South Pacific, Suva. He has a PhD in economics from Griffith University and was the 2016/2017 recipient of the PNG and Pacific Greg Taylor Scholarship at the Development Policy Centre.

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Measuring Development Impact: An Introduction to Impact Evaluation
8.30am–4pm 4 March 2020
Mr Peter Srouji, Ms Yuna Liang, Ms Farah Amalia, and Mr Chris Hoy

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Australian National University are jointly hosting a series of free Introduction to Impact Evaluation workshops on Wednesday 4 March in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The purpose of these workshops is to introduce participants to impact evaluation methods, with a focus on randomised control trials (RCTs), and develop their understanding about how these approaches can be used to create evidence to inform policy.

The important role impact evaluations can play in fostering evidence-based policy making is now widely accepted and illustrated by the recent Nobel Prize in Economics being awarded to the pioneers of randomised control trials. However there is a notable absence of their use in the Pacific region, with only a tiny number having been carried out in PNG. These workshops aim to be a first step in changing this by building an appetite for greater evidence about the impact of policies and programs among stakeholders in the government, NGOs and donor community.

The workshops are supported by the Pacific Research Program, which is a consortium led by the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs, the Development Policy Centre and the Lowy Institute and co-funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Speakers include:

Mr Peter Srouji, Senior Research Manager, Innovations for Poverty Action.

Ms Yuna Liang, Senior Research Associate, Innovations for Poverty Action.

Ms Farah Amalia, Senior Training Associate, J-PAL Southeast Asia.

Mr Chris Hoy, Reaseach and Policy Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

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