2017 Australasian Aid Conference
The Australasian Aid Conference (AAC) has become a must-attend event for Australia’s international development community. The 2017 AAC will be bigger and better than ever. It kicks off on Tuesday 14 February with the launch of two books and an opening-night cocktail party, and concludes with the inaugural DFAT Aid Supplier Conference on Friday 17 February. In between, there will be some 30 sessions and over 100 presentations, as well as the conference dinner and the inaugural Mitchell Humanitarian Award presentation. Check out the conference program, and register to attend here.
Save the Children’s Nauru dilemma
What happens when, despite your belief that mandatory offshore detention of children on Nauru breaches the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, you are asked to provide welfare and educational services to children on Nauru? This was the dilemma facing CEO of Save the Children Australia, Paul Ronalds. The decision to proceed with the contract is explored in a new Development Policy Centre discussion paper and accompanying podcast, in which Paul reflects candidly on Save’s engagement with Nauru.
Bill Armstrong: volunteering with attitude
For generations of young Australians with a passion for social justice, volunteering in developing or indigenous communities has been a rite of passage. Bill Armstrong has been deeply involved in this movement since the 1960s, working with organisations such as the Overseas Service Bureau (now Australian Volunteers International), and Indigenous Community Volunteers. In our last Aid Profile for 2016, Bill shares his perspectives with Robin Davies.
The whole Aid Profiles series makes great summer reading – catch up here.
Research Fellow Michelle Rooney, was recently awarded recognition from the prestigious Association for Political and Legal Anthropology for her thesis research on citizenship in settlement communities in PNG. You can read about the award here, the judges’ comments here, and the blog post based on her winning paper here.
And finally, since this is our last newsletter for the year, thanks for your support and interest throughout the year, season’s greetings, and see you in 2017! The blog will close for the year on 23 December, and re-open on 9 January.
World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law
5 – 630pm, Tuesday 14 February, Barton Theatre, Crawford School, ANU. Details here.
Australasian Aid Conference 2017
14–16 February, Crawford School, ANU. Event details here.
On the blog
PNG LNG landowner royalties – why so long? By Sam Koim and Stephen Howes
The Nauru dilemma by Paul Ronalds
PNG education policies in urban contexts: Christ the King Primary School, Port Moresby by Michelle Nayahamui Rooney
Australia’s microstate visa: first arrivals by Henry Sherrell
Advocating for women in Porgera: an interview with Everlyne Sap by Camilla Burkot and Everlyne Sap
PNG’s eye health heroes by Bob McMullan
Gaining insights across development silos by Jessica Taaffe
Improving quality education in a world obsessed with student numbers: evidence from PNG by Anthony Swan and Grant Walton
This is the fortnightly newsletter of the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, published every second Friday.