ACFID - Universities Linkage Network Conference

An Australian Approach to Development? People, Practice and Policy

ACFID 12-13 December 2011

Keynote Speakers
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Conference Organising Committee
Conference Program



Using the most common measure, over one billion of the world's population live in poverty and exist on less than US$1.25 a day (and nearly 3 billion live on less than US$2 a day). More than one billion people around the globe do not have access to safe water, 115 million children do not attend primary school and 10 million children die each year of preventable illness. For those living in these circumstances, life is characterised by premature death, preventable illnesses, limited access to clean water and sanitation, economic insecurity, and illiteracy. This conference will consider the 'Australian Approach to Development'. It will consider how development is understood by Australian aid agencies, how it is practiced by Australian agencies, and it will consider the Australian policies that drive it. The conference also allows space for conference participants to discuss different regions (Pacific, Asia, and Africa), sectors (gender, WASH, and children), disaster management and responses, as well as larger questions of the conception of poverty. Perhaps most importantly, this conference also invites people from outside of Australia to provide a critical reflection on what Australian aid agencies are doing!


Professor Matthew Clarke, A Contextual Approach to Development: Responding to climate changes and other contextual factors

Jane Anderson, Translating the development policy model of partnership to serve interdependent interests in the development landscape of Papua New Guinea

Dr David Tittensor, Towards a Fourth Sector: Gulen's Schools Between Philanthropy and Capitalism

Associate Professor Wendy Macdonald, Need for Development Aid to Promote Occupational Health

Dr Juliet Willetts, Making development research useful and influentialA case study of our ADRA research

Dr Juliet Willetts and Stephanie Polyn, Novel approaches to aid in the Solomons: Putting NGO partnerships and strengths-based approaches into action

Helen Cheney and Lanie Stockman, Reaching the Next Generation: Including Children in the Australian Aid Program

Jo Crawford, Integrating gender in development: from evidence to action?

Alexandra Devine, Rapid Assessment of Disability (RAD)

Lucia Boxelaar, Building the evidence base for World Vision programs: highlights, challenges and questions

Deborah Gleeson, David Legge, Vivian Lin and Wendy Snowdon - Healthy Trade Policy in the Pacific: The Need for Capacity Development

Keynote Speakers


Director General Peter Baxter
AusAID Director

Peter Baxter was officially appointed AusAID's Director General on 12 May 2010 following nine months as Acting Director General. He came to AusAID as an experienced senior career officer within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio.

Peter joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1988. He has been on a number of overseas postings including Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vietnam, and was Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington from 2002 to 2005. In 2000, he was appointed as Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister to Solomon Islands.

Event Photography

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Conference Organising Committee

Organising Committee Members

Matthew Clarke

Matthew Clarke
Head of School - Professor Matthew Clarke

  Dr Susan Harris Rimmer
ACFID - Australian Council for International Development
Juliet Dr Juliet Willetts
Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS

Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter
La Trobe University



Professor Anthony Zwi



Pamela Thomas



Jarnah Montersino
Save the Children Australia

  Jo Crawford
International Women's Development Agency (IWDA)
  Tanya Caulfield
Plan Australia
  Joanne Weber
  Andrew Hassett
World Vision Australia


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Conference Program

Full Program (abstracts and program)


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