2017 Australasian Aid Conference

Event Details

LACC trainers from across Sindhupalchok District participate in additional training held the small village of Thumpak Har above Barabise,the last major town before the border with China. Legal Aid & Consultancy Centre (LACC) , a local partner of The Asia Foundation is committed to promoting and protecting the rights and interests of women and children in Nepal.

Photo by: The Asia Foundation

Australian National University, February 15-16, 2016

The Australasian Aid Conference will return on 15-16 February 2017, once again in partnership with The Asia Foundation.

As in previous years, the aim of the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia and beyond who are working on aid and international development policy to share insights, promote collaboration, and help develop the research and policy community. With 500 people registering in 2016, the AAC has established itself as Australia’s premier aid and development research conference.

The fourth annual conference in 2017 will feature papers and interactive sessions on a variety of aid and international development topics, including aid effectiveness, political economy and the politics of aid, gender, private sector engagement, humanitarian aid, migration and trade policy, and the international aid architecture.

Plenary sessions on governance, humanitarian aid, and Asian approaches to private sector cooperation will showcase leading global thinkers and practitioners, including Michael Woolcock, Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Adam Kamradt-Scott, Robin Davies, Guo Peiyuan, and David Rasquinha.

Conference program
Details about the conference program, including invited speakers and a downloadable conference program, can be found here.


Due to an overwhelming response, the 2017 AAC is fully booked! If you would like to be included on a waiting list to register, please send an email to macarena.rojas@anu.edu.au

For those who are unable to attend in person, the conference plenary sessions will be available via livestream:

Wednesday 15 February (Opening address: Julie Bishop; Keynote address: Michael Woolcock; Plenary session on Asian approaches to engaging the private sector in development cooperation)

Thursday 16 February (3MAP: the Three-Minute Aid Pitch; The humanitarian system in crisis)

Additionally, all conference parallel sessions will be audiorecorded and uploaded to the Development Policy Centre Podcast after the conference.

About our partners

The Development Policy Centre

The Development Policy Centre (Devpolicy) is a think tank for aid and development serving Australia, the region, and the global development community. Devpolicy undertakes independent research and promotes practical initiatives to improve the effectiveness of Australian aid, to support the development of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island region, and to contribute to better global development policy.

Devpolicy was established in September 2010 and is based at Crawford School of Public Policy in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University.

The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2012, we provided nearly $100 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $30 million. Our development policy work brings together traditional and emerging Asian providers to share their perspectives and ideas about the changing dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region and international development cooperation.


Husnia Hushang

Husnia Hushang was a Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She has a Masters of Public Policy and a Graduate Diploma of Public Administration from the ANU. She also worked for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Afghanistan.

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