Fortnightly links: elections in PNG and Kenya, contraceptives and more

Commonwealth observer mission to Kenya, 2017 (Commonwealth Secretariat/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0)
Commonwealth observer mission to Kenya, 2017 (Commonwealth Secretariat/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0)

On the Lowy Institute’s blog Sean Dorney has three excellent blog posts on the recent election in Papua New Guinea.

At first, Kenya’s recent elections were praised by international observers as free and fair. Then, on September 1st, the country’s Supreme Court overturned the result. Helen Epstein explores this unusual turn of events.

Katherine Joyce writes for Pacific Standard magazine about the global debate over contraceptives — and the women whose voices are missing from this debate.

Many refugees, after resettling in countries like Canada and the UK, seek to begin working again in their professional fields. A pilot project assisting refugees to recommence their careers as journalists reveals some of the hurdles they face.

What’s been happening with the peace process in Colombia? This is an interesting update, focusing on former FARC militants and the new, uncertain world that awaits them.

Camilla Burkot

Camilla Burkot was a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, and Editor of the Devpolicy Blog, from 2015 to 2017. She has a background in social anthropology and holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and has field experience in Eastern and Southern Africa, and PNG. She now works for the Burnet Institute.

Terence Wood

Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into Australian and New Zealand aid. Terence’s research interests include aid policy, the politics of aid, and governance in developing countries. He has recently finished his PhD, studying voter behaviour in the Solomon Islands elections. Prior to commencing PhD study Terence worked for the New Zealand government aid program.

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