2017 Australasian Aid Conference

2017 Australasian Aid Conference
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 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 community. With 500 people registering in 2016, the AAC has established itself as Australia’s premier aid and development conference.

The 2017 AAC will be held at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, Canberra on February 15 and 16, 2017. The conference convenors are Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre at ANU; Dr Joel Negin, Head of School and Associate Professor of International Public Health at the University of Sydney School of Public Health; Anthea Mulakala, Director for International Development Cooperation at The Asia Foundation; and Camilla Burkot, Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre.

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

Call for papers
The call for papers for the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference (AAC) is now closed.

If you have any questions relating to the call for papers or any other aspect of the conference, please contact devpolicy@anu.edu.au with “2017 Australasian Aid Conference” in the subject line.

Side events
On 14 February, the World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law will be launched. The launch will feature a presentation of the report by Luis Felipe Lopez Calva, co-Director of the WDR, followed by a panel discussion with representatives from DFAT, Oxfam Australia, and ANU. Further information and registration can be found here.

The WDR launch will be followed by a cocktail reception and launch of a new book entitled India’s Approach to Development Cooperation, co-edited by Anthea Mulakala and Sachin Chaturvedi. All conference speakers and registered participants are warmly invited to attend.

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s inaugural Aid Supplier Conference will be held at the Crawford School on 17 February (the day after the Australasian Aid Conference concludes). DFAT’s conference will focus on issues associated with procuring and implementing effective aid activities, and will include opportunities to discuss current and future procurement plans. Further information can be obtained from aidsupplierconference@dfat.gov.au.

Conference hosts
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.

Program and speakers
At the 2017 AAC we will be presenting plenary sessions on rethinking governance, the crisis in humanitarian aid, Asian approaches to engaging the private sector in development cooperation, and ideas for improving Australian aid. Additional program and speaker details will be added here as they become available – please check back.