Now we are six
Devpolicy turns six this week, and we would like to thank you for your continued support. One milestone we have reached is the publication of more than 1,500 blogs since 2010. A quick reminder to our newer readers that we are always happy to receive submissions to the Devpolicy Blog. Guidelines here.
New dates for the 2016 PNG update
The 2016 PNG Update will be held at the Waigani campus of The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) on 3-4 November 2016. The annual PNG Update is the premier forum for the discussion of research and analysis relating to contemporary economic and public policy issues in PNG. Organised by UPNG’s School of Business and Public Policy and Devpolicy, the 2016 PNG Update will feature keynote and plenary sessions on the post-boom PNG economy, gender issues, urban and infrastructure development, the private sector, health, education and development strategies, public-private partnerships, the impact of the drought, and more. Participation is free and open to the public. Details and a draft program are available here.
Aisyiyah: Australian aid and Indonesia’s largest women’s organisation
The second in our series of Aid Profiles is now online: two articles on Indonesia’s longest-serving women’s organisation, Aisyiyah. Part 1 profiles the organisation and its engagement with the Australian aid program. Part 2 looks at the special support that Aisyiyah provided to the survivors of the 2004 bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.
The Aid Profiles series shares stories that deserve to be better known and showcases international development contributions with an Australian flavour. It also forms a shortlist of nominees for the 2017 Mitchell Humanitarian Award – we’ll be publishing several more profiles in the coming months.
AAC taking shape
The Australasian Aid Conference (AAC), to be held 15-16 February 2017, is taking shape with plenary sessions on re-thinking governance, re-shaping humanitarian aid, Asian approaches to the private sector and development, and ideas for Australian aid. Parallel sessions will cover politics and development, poverty measurement, market development, labour mobility, and more. The deadline for proposals (for both papers and panels) has been extended by two weeks to October 16. Review the call for papers here.
Engaging diasporas in development
In a public forum co-hosted with Diaspora Action Australia and the Research for Development Impact Network on 29 September at 1pm, leaders in the field from the United Kingdom and Fiji will discuss how to engage diaspora communities in order to strengthen Australia’s development and humanitarian response efforts. More details and registration here.
Greg Taylor scholarship for Pacific and PNG scholars
We are currently requesting expressions of interest from Pacific and PNG scholars interested in undertaking research at Devpolicy in 2016-17 for a period of up to 3 months. Applications are accepted from students already studying at the ANU or elsewhere in Australia, and from new and emerging scholars in the area of economics in the Pacific and PNG. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous donor, and are named in honour of Greg Taylor AO. For details please visit our website. Applications close October 17.
Engaging diasporas in humanitarian response and economic development
1–2pm, Thursday 29 September 2016, Brindabella Theatre, Crawford School, ANU. Register here.
Strengthening public financial management reform in Pacific Island countries
1–2.30pm, Monday 31 October 2016, Brindabella Theatre, Crawford School, ANU. Register here
PNG Update 2016
3–4 November, Waigani Campus, UPNG, Port Moresby. Details here.
Australasian Aid Conference 2017
15–16 February, Crawford School, ANU. Event details here.
On the blog
Aid and Afghanistan’s future by Nematullah Bizhan and Ameen Habibi
Global Fund round five: Australia keeping up by Camilla Burkot and Ashlee Betteridge
Urban politics in Melanesia: shallow roots by Julien Barbara and Meg Keen
PNG’s discretionary expenditure crunch by Stephen Howes and Rohan Fox
Tuberculosis and the mystery of the invisible solutions by Mary Moran
How a boxer brought a new country together by Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc and Felicity Herbert
How much tax should backpackers pay? By Stephen Howes
Trials and tribulations of a development mum by Lindy Kanan
A reframed Pacific regionalism: rise of the foreign ministers by Matthew Dornan and Tess Newton Cain
How did PNG spend the resources boom? By Stephen Howes and Rohan Fox
This is the fortnightly newsletter of the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, published every second Friday.