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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International Development Election Forums: the Coalition
International Development Election Forums: the Coalition
10.30–11.30am 13 May 2022
Senator the Hon Zed Seselja

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Ahead of the 21 May Federal Election, the Development Policy Centre will co-host a series of International Development Election Forums.

The Forums aim to provide political parties with the opportunity to convey their platform and priorities for Australia’s international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance programs. They are also an opportunity for stakeholders, the media and the general public to hear from the candidates on these issues and to gain clarity on the parties’ specific policies and commitments ahead of the election.

This third Forum will feature the Coalition’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja.

Following an address from the Senator, there will be a moderated discussion with a small number of in-person invitees. The discussion will be moderated by former ABC journalist, broadcaster and researcher, Louise Maher.

The Forum will be livestreamed via the Development Policy Centre’s YouTube channel.

The International Development Election Forums are a joint initiative of the ANU Crawford School​ of Public Policy’s Development Policy Centre, the Australian Council for International Development and the International Development Contractors’ Community.

In-person attendance is by invitation only.

The first Forum features the Australian Greens’ spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Senator Janet Rice, and spokesperson on International Aid and Development, Senator Mehreen Faruqi. The second is presented by the Opposition’s Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy MP.

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International Development Election Forums: Australian Labor Party
International Development Election Forums: Australian Labor Party
10–11am 9 May 2022
Pat Conroy MP
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Ahead of the 21 May Federal Election, the Development Policy Centre is co-hosting a series of International Development Election Forums.

The Forums aim to provide political parties with the opportunity to convey their platform and priorities for Australia’s international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance programs. They are also an opportunity for stakeholders, the media and the general public to hear from the candidates on these issues and to gain clarity on the parties’ specific policies and commitments ahead of the election.

This second International Development Election Forum featured the Opposition’s Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy MP.

Following an address from Mr Conroy, there was a moderated discussion with a small number of in-person invitees. The discussion was moderated by former ABC journalist, broadcaster and researcher, Louise Maher.

The Forum was livestreamed via the Development Policy Centre’s YouTube channel.

The International Development Election Forums are a joint initiative of the ANU Crawford School​ of Public Policy’s Development Policy Centre, the Australian Council for International Development and the International Development Contractors’ Community.

The first Forum featured the Australian Greens’ spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Senator Janet Rice, and spokesperson on International Aid and Development, Senator Mehreen Faruqi. The third is presented by the Coalition’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja.

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International development election forums: Australian Greens
International Development Election Forums: Australian Greens
11am–12pm 4 May 2022
Senator Janet Rice and Senator Mehreen Faruqi

Ahead of the 21 May Federal Election, the Development Policy Centre is co-hosting a series of International Development Election Forums.

The Forums aim to provide political parties with the opportunity to convey their platform and priorities for Australia’s international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance programs. They are also an opportunity for stakeholders, the media and the general public to hear from the candidates on these issues and to gain clarity on the parties’ specific policies and commitments ahead of the election.

This first International Development Election Forum featured the Australian Greens’ spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Senator Janet Rice, and spokesperson on International Aid and Development, Senator Mehreen Faruqi.

Following an address from the Senators, there was a moderated discussion with a small number of in-person invitees. The discussion was moderated by communication specialist and award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, Virginia Haussegger AM.

The Forum was livestreamed via the Development Policy Centre’s YouTube channel.

The International Development Election Forums are a joint initiative of the ANU Crawford School​ of Public Policy’s Development Policy Centre, the Australian Council for International Development and the International Development Contractors’ Community.

The second Forum featured the Opposition’s Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy MP. The third will be presented by the Coalition’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja.

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Seasonal labour mobility programs in four countries: what can we learn?
Seasonal labour mobility programs in four countries: what can we learn?
9am–1pm 20 April 2022
Various speakers

This workshop is part of an ANU-led comparative study of seasonal work programs in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

Speakers

Opening
Carli Shillito, Assistant Secretary, Pacific Labour Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

US Farm Labor Futures
Professor Philip Martin, Global Migration Center, University of California Davis, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics
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Canada and the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
Robert Falconer, Research Associate, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
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New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme: an industry-led initiative
Dr Charlotte Bedford, Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University
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Overview of issues and challenges for the Seasonal Worker Programme
Dr Richard Curtain, Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University
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Respondents

Steve Burdette, Executive Officer, Approved Employers of Australia (AEA)

Ema Vueti, President of the Pacific Islands Council of Queensland

Taylor Rundell, National Economist, The Australian Workers’ Union National Office, Sydney

Closing
Professor Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University

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Making decentralisation work in PNG: lessons learnt and future directions
Making decentralisation work in PNG: lessons learnt and future directions
12.30–1.30pm 8 April 2022
Hon. Allan Bird

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Hon. Allan Bird is Governor of East Sepik Province, and member of the PNG National Parliament for the East Sepik Provincial Seat.

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

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Rethinking global health security
Rethinking global health security
7–8pm 5 April 2022
Dr Donald Kaberuka

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the existing global health system. Dr Kaberuka draws on his vast experience as Chair of the Global Fund Board, former President of the African Development Bank and former Finance Minister of Rwanda to synthesise the lessons learnt and draw out what needs to be done to help the world exit this pandemic and to ensure a better response to the next.

Speaker

Dr Donald Kaberuka is the Board Chair of The Global Fund. He served as President of the African Development Bank, from 2005 to 2015 and was Rwanda’s finance minister from 1997 to 2005. Dr Kaberuka also served as governor for Rwanda for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The AAC Speaker Series brings back some of our favourite speakers from the Australasian AID Conference, co-hosted by the Development Policy Centre and The Asia Foundation.

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2022 aid budget breakfast
2022 aid budget breakfast
9–10am 30 March 2022
Professor Stephen Howes

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The Development Policy Centre’s tenth (and third virtual) aid budget breakfast was held on Wednesday 30 March. Professor Stephen Howes presented the analysis from Devpol on what the aid budget means for Australia, for the region and for the development sector.

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Uneven development and its effects: livelihoods and urban and rural spaces in Papua New Guinea
Uneven development and its effects: livelihoods and urban and rural spaces in Papua New Guinea
1.30–2.30pm 25 March 2022
Dr John Cox, Dr Grant Walton, Joshua Goa and Dunstan Lawihin

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In this chapter, we examine the uneven nature of development within and between rural and urban spaces in Papua New Guinea (PNG). We focus on the types of livelihoods available in urban and rural spaces and the ways these have shaped social and environmental outcomes. This analysis highlights three key issues. First, it shows the importance of thinking about development processes, networks and enclaves in addition to more traditional ways of framing development challenges and opportunities. Second, it points to the importance of PNG’s rural spaces for policymaking and politics. Finally, it notes that while large-scale development projects, such as mining and liquified natural gas, have significantly shaped urban and rural spaces over the past two decades, due to economic shifts, it is becoming less likely PNG will reshape its urban and rural spaces as dramatically in the years to come.

Speakers

Dr John Cox
Honorary Lecturer, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University

Dr Grant Walton
Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University

Joshua Goa
Tutor, Division of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Papua New Guinea

Dunstan Lawihin
Lecturer, Division of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Papua New Guinea

This presentation is based on the speakers’ chapter, ‘Uneven development and its effects: Livelihoods and urban and rural spaces in Papua New Guinea’, in the ANU-UPNG edited volume, ‘Papua New Guinea: Government, Economy and Society’, available for free download.

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

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Debt prospects and challenges for developing countries in the continuing pandemic
Debt prospects and challenges for developing countries in the continuing pandemic
12–1pm 1 March 2022
Masood Ahmed

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Developing countries already held precarious levels of sovereign debt prior to COVID-19. Now, over half of all low-income countries are at high risk of or are currently in debt distress, and some middle-income countries face debt sustainability challenges as well. In his address, Masood Ahmed will lay out the current debt situation, explain initiatives by the global community to promote debt sustainability and restructuring, and present a path forward.

Speaker

Masood Ahmed is President of the Center for Global Development. He joined the Center in January 2017, capping a 35-year career driving economic development policy initiatives relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade, and global economic prospects at major international institutions including the IMF, World Bank, and DFID.

The AAC Speaker Series brings back some of our favourite speakers from the Australasian AID Conference, co-hosted by the Development Policy Centre and The Asia Foundation.

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Living standards in PNG
Have living standards improved in PNG over the last two decades?
1.30–2.30pm 25 February 2022
Dr Manoj Pandey and Professor Stephen Howes

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Did living standards improve in Papua New Guinea over the last two decades, and especially as a result of the resource boom of the 2000s? This question remains unanswered to date. The best source to answer it is the PNG Demographic and Health Surveys for 1996, 2006 and 2016–18. Analysis of these surveys leads to three conclusions. First, there are clearly some ways in which living standards have improved: more households have rainwater tanks; more children are at school, albeit from a low base; and childhood mortality rates have fallen. Second, there are areas of regress: less access to traditional media and worse health services. Third, there are areas of stagnation: no growth in the importance of non-agricultural jobs, and little sign of significantly improved status for and equity of women. Overall, the results show some benefits from economic growth, but also areas of real concern, and little sign of the structural transformation needed for sustained and successful development. Interestingly, the analysis also reveals a trend to convergence between urban and rural living standards.

Speakers

Dr Manoj Pandey is a Lecturer in Economics, working as part of the partnership between the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy.

Professor Stephen Howes is Director of the Development Policy Centre.

This presentation is based on the speakers’ chapter in the forthcoming ANU-UPNG edited volume on contemporary issues in PNG.

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

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Co-ethnic neighbourhoods and migrant labour market outcomes
Co-ethnic neighbourhoods and migrant labour market outcomes
12.30–1.30pm 16 February 2022
Dr Toan Nguyen

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Contrary to other immigrant-receiving countries, the impact of co-ethnic neighbourhoods on immigrants’ life outcomes has been understudied in Australia. Using microdata from the 2006–2016 Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, this paper estimates the causal impact of the size of co-ethnic neighbourhoods on immigrant labour force participation, employment, hours worked, and income. We address the fundamental problem of individual and location sorting by applying individual-fixed effects, controlling for residential mobility, and using an exogenous measure of co-ethnic neighbourhood size. We found a negative effect on labour participation and income when we do not control for residential mobility. However, when we control for residential mobility, residence in co-ethnic neighbourhoods is no longer statistically significant and the point estimates are tiny, which highlight the importance of stringent methodological choices that control for settlement trajectories. Our findings suggest that efforts by the Australian government to settle immigrants in regional areas with a limited migrant population should not affect the labour market outcomes of immigrants.

Speaker

Dr Toan Nguyen is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

This presentation is based on a research paper, co-authored by the speaker. The draft paper is available upon request.

This seminar is part of the Labour mobility and the Pacific webinar series.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution, COVID-19, and women
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, COVID-19, and women
12–1pm 8 February 2022
Professor Eun Mee Kim

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Climate change, ageing populations, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution have presented the world with great challenges. Then, COVID-19 transformed our lives overnight, and we as individuals and as a society have struggled to understand and cope with this ‘new normal’. In her address, Professor Eun Mee Kim will reflect on these societal changes, especially on her own experience as President of Ewha Womans University in South Korea, and on what needs to be done so that existing inequalities are not replicated into the future.

Speaker

Professor Eun Mee Kim is the 17th President of Ewha Womans University. She is Professor in the Graduate School of International Studies and Director of the Ewha Global Health Institute for Girls and Women. Professor Kim is globally recognised as a leading scholar on international development.

The AAC Speaker Series brings back some of our favourite speakers from the Australasian AID Conference, co-hosted by the Development Policy Centre and The Asia Foundation.

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