PNG Update: presentations and podcasts
The PNG Update at UPNG on June 18-19 was opened by the PNG Finance Minister, the Hon James Marape. Listen to his “LNG is a myth” speech here: “We are clouding our vision thinking that LNG is a waterfall of money. It is how we maximise use of all the resources in this country that will unlock our development potential.”
The Minister went on to emphasise the importance of expenditure control due to the fall in commodity prices, especially oil, and committed to keeping the deficit below its budgeted level.
Other podcasts, speeches and presentations can all be found here.
2015 Pacific Update: 15-16 July in Suva
The 2015 Pacific Update (15-16 July at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva) is less than two weeks away. This annual forum gathers policymakers, academics, and development practitioners to present research and discuss the latest economic and social developments in the Pacific region. An updated program [pdf] is now up on the web. There are more than 60 papers and 18 session on topics such as gender inequality, aid and development, trade, migration, tourism, education, disaster risk management, and macroeconomic and fiscal policy. The Update this year is being organised jointly by the Development Policy Centre, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank Institute, and the University of the South Pacific’s School of Economics. The event is free and open to the public. For more details, visit our website.
Australian aid stakeholder survey
Phase I of the 2015 Australian aid stakeholder survey will open on Monday. This first phase is limited to selected stakeholders, who have already been contacted. The second phase, open to all, will be run later this year. Please take advantage of this important opportunity to provide feedback to the aid program. For more information on this year’s survey, visit the website.
2015 Pacific Update
15-17 July, University of the South Pacific, Suva. Details here.
The fish is the friend of matriliny: reef density and matrilineal inheritance in Melanesia
Friday 31 July, Acton Theatre. 12.30pm—1.30pm. Register here.
2016 Australasian Aid Conference
10-11 February 2016. Call for papers open. Details here.
Is Australia paying too much for AIIB membership?
How does NZ stack up in its latest DAC peer review?
GBV on the streets in Timor-Leste
On the blog
Economics at the University of Papua New Guinea, 2015 by Michael Cornish
Economics at the University of Papua New Guinea, 1969 by John Langmore
Migration and development in an Australian contextby Henry Sherrell
Innovation in development… is it worth the hype? By Penny Farrell
A big week for Pacific labour mobility: backpacker reforms by Stephen Howes
NZ aid reviewed: doing alright, however… by Jo Spratt
Not just a domestic problem: everyday discrimination against women in urban Timor-Lesteby Angie Bexley and Maj Nygaard-Christensen
This is the fortnightly newsletter of the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, published every second Friday.