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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State fragility and how to escape it
4.30–6pm 29 November 2019
Dr Nematullah Bizhan, Ms Saku Akmeemana, and Dr Bilal Malaeb

A public panel discussion, ‘State fragility and how to escape it’, was held on Friday 29 November 4:30-6pm, at Acton Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy

About half of the world’s poor live in fragile and conflict-affected states. The governments in these countries lack the legitimacy and capacity to provide protection and deliver the jobs, public services, and opportunities their people need. The perils of state fragility are not constrained to national boundaries. It also drives mass migration, trafficking and terrorism. However, despite increasing attention by domestic and international actors, the outcomes of interventions in addressing fragility have been mixed and often counterproductive.

By building on seven in-depth country case studies (Afghanistan, Burundi, Lebanon, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea) and recent developments in the field, this panel discussed dimensions of state fragility and pathways that can help to escape fragility. This event was part of an ongoing research project on state fragility at the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. It also built on a previous initiative on state fragility undertaken by the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Panelists

Dr Nematullah Bizhan is a Lecturer at the Development Policy Centre, ANU, a Senior Research Associate with the Global Economic Governance Program, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Business and Public Policy, University of Papua New Guinea. In 2017 and 2018, Nematullah was a Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government undertaking research on state fragility and international policy in association with the Oxford-LSE Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development. Previously as a senior public servant, Nematullah contributed to development programs and reforms that helped Afghanistan’s immediate post-2001 recovery.

Saku Akmeemana joined the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2017 as its Principal Specialist for Governance, and is responsible for shaping the Department’s approach to governance and political economy in its development program, including in fragile and conflict-affected states. She has worked for both the United Nations in peacekeeping, humanitarian and political operations, and for more than a decade at the World Bank, where her work focused on the political dynamics of institutional change, political economy and governance in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence.

Dr Bilal Malaeb is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research focus is on the integration of Syrian refugees in frontier countries in the Middle East. Formerly, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, and has consulted with the UN and World Bank on a number of projects. Bilal’s expertise is in microeconometrics and development economics, and his research interests are in migration, poverty, and labour market issues.

The panel was chaired by Professor Stephen Howes, Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Centre, ANU.

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Men’s perspectives on addressing family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea
12.30–1.30pm 12 November 2019
Mr Joshua Goa and Mr Dunstan Lawihin

A public seminar, ‘Men’s perspectives on addressing family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea’, was held on Tuesday 12 November 12:30-1:30pm, at Hedley Bull Theatre 2.

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Access the recording of this seminar here

Family is the basic foundation for social and economic development across the world, and particularly in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as it is a communal society. However, this foundation is often challenged by multiple issues of which family and sexual violence (FSV) is one. FSV is widespread in Lae, a large city in PNG, where the research this seminar is based upon was conducted. Among other negative impacts, FSV threatens the fundamentals of community and family.

In order to better understand and support policymaking that fosters healthy, safe and secure families, collaborative (ANU, PNG University of Technology, and University of PNG) research was conducted from 2018 to 2019 to understand men’s and women’s perspectives on FSV in Lae. This study has explored the ability of families to address FSV in their lives, including a focus on how families keep their children in school when experiencing FSV. The PNG Government has identified FSV as a development priority and in recent years, with support from development partners, services to support families to deal with some of these impacts of FSV has improved. This has especially been the case in terms of police, case management and court support. Non-state support offered through churches, family and community networks remain valuable and the most immediate for families to access.

This seminar discussed research findings into the key differences between men’s and women’s perspectives of, and responses to, FSV. Men’s and women’s access and responses to recently established services and laws differ. For example, women refrain from going to the police because they are concerned about the violence getting worse, or losing income, or because they lack trust in the system to work. On the other hand, many men are not aware of the available FSV support services and their locations even within their own communities. Even when men do know about these services, they avoid seeking support from them for themselves or their partners because they feel that the law and services are designed in favor of women. This prevalent male attitude towards available FSV support services is read in the light of the recent and growing emphasis on the empowerment of women, girls and children through government policies and regulations. It is also discussed in light of one of the emerging findings from the research with men, which is that perceptions of power imbalance and adherence to cultural and social norms related to male dominance within the family are often at the root of FSV.

Presenters

Joshua Goa is a Tutor at the University of Papua New Guinea Social Work Strand. Joshua holds a Graduate Certificate in Education (Academic Practice) at the James Cook University in Australia and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social Work at University of Papua New Guinea.

Dunstan Lawihin has a Master of Social Work (by research) from Monash University, Australia, and is a Lecturer in Social Work and Coordinator of Field Education at the University of Papua New Guinea, with over 11 years of teaching and 7 years of research experience in social work and community development.

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The internal brain drain: foreign aid, hiring practices, and international migration
12.30–1.30pm 16 October 2019
Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert

The internal brain drain phenomenon―the poaching of local skilled workers from the public sector by international non‐governmental organisations (INGOs) or international organisations (IOs) in developing countries―is an area of concern for humanitarian and development organisations.

Building on empirical material gathered in Haiti, this research advances a new and innovative understanding of the trend by conceptualising it as an equilibrium composed of two sets of tensions: those between the salary conditions in the public sector and the salary conditions offered to local staff working for IOs and INGOs; and the tensions inherent in the dual salary scale used by IOs and INGOs for local and international staff.

The two sets of tensions contribute in their own specific ways to international migration―as such the internal brain drain contributes to external brain drain dynamics. In this seminar, Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert will discuss the difficult policy choices facing development and humanitarian organisations when every set of policies addressing one side of the equilibrium is bound to impact the other.

Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert is a Fellow in the ANU Department of International Relations, and the Department’s Director of Research. He graduated with his PhD in international relations from Sciences Po in 2010. Prior to joining ANU in 2019, Nicolas worked as an invited professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal and senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham. His current research interests include state-building and intervention issues in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. He is particularly interested in local resistance to international interventions and the political economy of interventions.

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2019 Mitchell Oration — Unfinished business: the pursuit of rights and choices for all
6–7.30pm 12 September 2019
Dr Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA

The year 2019 marks two important milestones in the field of reproductive health: 50 years since UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, began operations, and 25 years since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.

Dr Natalia Kanem will discuss the remarkable gains in sexual and reproductive health and rights since 1969, and point to the remaining economic, social, institutional and other barriers that prevent women, girls and young people from making their own decisions and fulfilling their potential.

Dr Kanem will share her vision for the pursuit of rights and choices worldwide, present findings from UNFPA’s State of the World Population Report 2019, and offer some examples of progress and challenges in a number of Pacific countries.

This lecture forms part of the Mitchell Oration series, which was created to provide a forum at which the most pressing development issues can be addressed by the best minds and most influential practitioners of our time. The lecture is presented by the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, with generous support from the Harold Mitchell Foundation, and in partnership with the United Nations Information Centre, Canberra.

Access to event live-streaming is available here.

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The future of US government assistance to fragile states
12.30–1.30pm 11 September 2019
Vijaya Ramachandran

Many donors are rethinking how aid can better confront fragility and support governments and communities to build resilience. The United States is the top provider of official development assistance to fragile states but this aid has, at best, a mixed track record of success. Reflecting on lessons of the past, the United States is currently working through several new initiatives and proposed reforms that seek to address shortcomings. To help inform these efforts, the Center for Global Development convened a working group of more than twenty experts, including former officials from the State Department, the United States Agency for International Development, the Department of Defense, and the US intelligence community, along with academics and policy experts. In this seminar, Vijaya Ramachandran will provide an overview of the newly released report based on these conversations, and its recommendations.

Vijaya Ramachandran is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC. Prior to joining CGD, Vijaya worked at the World Bank and also served on the faculty of Georgetown University. She works on private sector development, development finance, and the governance of the multilateral system. Vijaya has a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.

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Are the Pacific islands insurable? Challenges and opportunities for disaster risk finance
12.30–1.30pm 4 September 2019
Vijaya Ramachandran

There are several efforts underway in the Pacific Islands to insure public and private assets against natural disasters such as cyclones and earthquakes. These efforts are designed to mitigate the annual costs of such disasters, which can reach more than 50 percent of GDP. However, most Pacific islands are heavily aid dependent and cannot afford to pay the high premiums associated with disaster risk insurance. Therefore, insurance to cover disaster risk likely needs to be subsidised to offset costs and to build trust. In this presentation, Vijaya Ramachandran suggested recommendations for governments and donors based on her recent research.

Vijaya Ramachandran is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC. Prior to joining CGD, Vijaya worked at the World Bank and also served on the faculty of Georgetown University. She works on private sector development, development finance, and the governance of the multilateral system. Vijaya has a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University

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Fishing in Kiribati
Kiribati: 2019 economic survey
12.30–1.30pm 21 August 2019
James Webb

Kiribati is one of the most remote of the Pacific islands, but also has one of the largest and most productive fisheries. With the introduction of the Vessel Day Scheme in 2012 leading to a massive increase in fishing license revenue, never before has Kiribati had such opportunity to engage proactively in its own development using its own resources. Between 2012 and 2015 there was an unprecedented expansion of government revenue, and in 2016 to 2019 a similarly unprecedented expansion of government expenditure. For the first time in its history, the Kiribati government, rather than a foreign development partner, is the largest financier of public capital investment.

This survey paper explores the recent trends and future prospects for the Kiribati economy. In particular, the paper looks closely at the role that public spending has played in recent years and its likely role in the future, as well as other areas of public reform that go beyond the national budget. With a recommendation of Least Developed Country graduation a surety at the next triennial review by the international community, and climate change presenting a fundamental threat to communities at home, what does Kiribati need to do to secure its future?

James Webb is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Development Policy Centre and also works as an independent consultant in the Pacific Region. James has a Masters in International and Development Economics from ANU, and has spent the last decade working and living in the Pacific. He has worked for several years in the Cook Islands and Kiribati in economic and public financial management, as well as short-term projects covering a range of topics from non-communicable disease-related taxation and development policy, through to public financial management reform.

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Perceptions on governance and corruption in PNG’s public service
12.30–1.30pm 31 July 2019
Grant Walton, Fellow, Development Policy Centre, ANU

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government and international donors have spent millions of kina trying to improve governance in the country’s bureaucracy. Despite these efforts, there are few indicators of success: many consider PNG’s public service to be rife with corruption.

However, narratives about these problems have excluded public servants’ perspectives: there is little empirical data about why public servants might support or resist corruption and poor governance.

This presentation drew on interviews with 136 public servants across four provinces – Eastern Highlands, Milne Bay, Madang and New Ireland – to provide insights into what PNG’s bureaucrats think about these issues. It showed that public servants were often ill-informed about the laws and rules guiding their roles, and were under enormous pressure to provide unofficial favours to businesses, politicians and kith and kin. Yet, some were able to resist these pressures better than others, with senior staff, men, and those in Milne Bay and Madang better placed to push back against and report corruption.

Findings suggested that policies that aimed to support and inform the less enfranchised (women and junior staff) were particularly important for addressing corruption in PNG. However, efforts to shift the status quo must take into account the contextually-specific relationships between bureaucrats, politicians and citizens, which can vary greatly.

Grant Walton is a Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, and Chair of the ANU Transnational Research Institute on Corruption.

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From ODA to blended finance: new challenges for democratic governance
12.30–1.30pm 24 July 2019
Dr Siobhán Airey, Research Fellow, University College Dublin

A significant effort at national and international level has been devoted to developing and refining mechanisms to scale up private investment in development. The OECD, multilateral development banks and the private sector have separately and together proposed policy frameworks to advance the agenda of blended finance.

Blended finance is an instrument that uses official public funds to mobilise capital from private sources for development projects. But this venture carries within it a recalibration of who takes risks and gains reward, and a re-balancing of public and private interests. These issues raise questions about how blended finance should be governed to ensure transparency, democratic accountability, and that nobody is ‘left behind’.

Questions of impact, transparency, and accountability have long dogged debates on the governance of ODA (official development assistance), and continue to be valid for ODA-funded blended finance projects. In this seminar, Siobhán Airey discussed how current proposals to use ODA to catalyse private investment risk were exacerbating these weaknesses, and highlighted the way forward.

Siobhán Airey is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions CAROLINE post-doctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland, and an Irish Research Council Research Fellow. She is a member of the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and a former Visiting Fellow to ANU Centre for Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Her current research examines the international governance of development finance, focusing in particular on ODA and public-private development finance.

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2019 Papua New Guinea Economic Survey
12.30–1.30pm 15 July 2019
Rohan Fox, Professor Stephen Howes and Maholopa Laveil

The PNG economy has been struggling since 2015, but is it showing signs of recovery and growth? What are the prospects for the coming years?

The PNG Economic Survey is an annual report on the Papua New Guinea economy jointly produced by Australian National University and University of Papua New Guinea academics. The survey provides an analysis of the latest developments in the PNG economy. In this public seminar, the authors of the survey – Rohan Fox, Maholopa Laveil, Bao Nguyen, Dek Sum and Stephen Howes — presented their findings and analysis. With a new Prime Minister, James Marape, taking power in May 2019, the survey also examines the economic and governance challenges facing PNG’s new leader and his Cabinet.

This seminar is presented as part of the Development Policy Centre’s PNG Project, which receives funding from the Australian Aid Program through the Pacific Governance and Leadership Precinct, and the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies journal.

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Navigation by judgment: why and when top down management of foreign aid doesn’t work
12.30–1.30pm 18 June 2019
Professor Dan Honig

Should aid programs micromanage their work? Or should they leave staff on the ground the space to decide for themselves?

In this presentation Dan Honig spoke to the key findings of his book, Navigation by Judgment, an in-depth attempt at answering these questions. Dan’s book draws on a novel database of more than 14,000 discrete development projects across nine agencies, and eight qualitative studies. He contends that tight controls and narrow focus on reaching pre-set targets can prevent frontline aid workers from using their skills to solve problems on the ground, undermining the performance of foreign aid. He suggests that pressure to demonstrate results can undermine performance, particularly in unpredictable environments where performance is difficult to measure.

Dan Honig is an Assistant Professor of International Development at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on the relationship between organisational structure, management practice, and performance in developing country governments and organisations that provide foreign aid.

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Political animals: the qualities of successful aid policy entrepreneurs
12.30–1.30pm 29 May 2019
Dr Benjamin S. Day

Why do states redirect their aid policy? And what factors are most important in driving such change? Part of the reason we are not able to answer these questions satisfactorily is because the role individual political leaders play in aid policy change has received very little attention.

This seminar presented the findings of research conducted with Dr Joanna Spratt (Oxfam New Zealand and ANU Development Policy Centre) which addressed this oversight by applying the concept of policy entrepreneurs to the issue area of aid policy.

Dr Benjamin S. Day is an associate lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. His current research focuses on understanding the decision-making dynamics that operate in the foreign aid issue area.

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Research Officer Rohan Fox
Does financial inclusion empower women in PNG? Evidence from two large-scale surveys
12.30–1.30pm 15 May 2019
Rohan Fox

Many programs in Papua New Guinea (PNG) aim to achieve positive social and economic outcomes through women’s economic empowerment. Of note, the Bank of PNG and Asian Development Bank have invested significant resources to deliver empowerment through financial inclusion. However, there is limited evidence available to show whether, or to what extent, popular methods like financial literacy training, education, access to finance, or others, successfully achieve empowerment for women in PNG.

To help fill this gap, Development Policy Centre research officer, Rohan Fox, conducted a rigorous quantitative analysis to find the factors related to women’s involvement in household financial decisions. The research used data from the two largest surveys on this topic that have been conducted in the country, involving over 3600 respondents from across northern PNG.

Rohan Fox is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre.

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Australian aid: building a robust performance culture
9.30–10.30am 1 May 2019
Jim Adams

In this event, former World Bank Vice President Jim Adams reflected on the performance of the Australian aid program.

Jim is stepping down as Chair of DFAT’s Independent Evaluation Committee, having held the position for the past seven years. He discussed how to build a robust performance culture based on accountability, transparency, learning and appropriate risk management.

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Tax pirates and tax fairness
10–11am 12 April 2019
Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP

Two-fifths of multinational profits are now routed through tax havens, allowing firms to avoid billions of dollars in tax. Tax havens are used by drug runners, extortionists and arms dealers. They have the effect of undermining the global tax base.

In this talk, Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP discussed how a Labor Government will tackle tax avoidance in Australia and our region. He announced a new policy initiative to help crack down on multinational tax avoidance and restore fairness into the system.

Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts.

This event was co-hosted by the Development Policy Centre and the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption.

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2019 aid budget breakfast
9–10.30am 3 April 2019
Professor Stephen Howes

The Development Policy Centre has presented its Aid Budget Breakfast every year since 2012. It has become a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see how the budget has dealt with aid, but also to review key developments in aid and development policy over the previous year, and to discuss what is coming next.

The 2019 Aid Budget Breakfast was held on the morning of Wednesday 3 April where Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre, presented on Australian aid and development policy in the context of the 2019-2020 federal budget.

Watch the video of this event here, and view Stephen Howes’ presentation here.

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Australian Greens’ aid and development policy: towards the 2019 election
12.30–1.30pm 29 March 2019
Senator Richard Di Natale

“The Greens have a vision for a generous Australia: one in which we significantly boost our diminishing aid budget to meet our international obligations to the world’s poorest, and where we help those who are most affected by the impacts of climate change.”

- Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens

On Friday 29 March Senator Di Natale outlined the Greens’ full aid and development policy for the 2019 federal election, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Senator Richard Di Natale is the Leader of the Australian Greens, and the Greens’ spokesperson on aid and development.
Podcast: listen to the podcast here

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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
More information: (https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/13617/promoting-empowerme...)

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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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