The Results Agenda: Friend or Foe?

Chris Roche, Director at the Institute, is co-editor of the recently released book ‘The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development. The book examines the current results agenda of international development.  In this blog, Megan Driscoll from the Institute of Development Studies summarises a recent panel discussion on this topic.  The panel was made up of experts on aid effectiveness, including the book’s co-editor, Rosalind Eyben, … Continue reading The Results Agenda: Friend or Foe?

Not Drowning, Fighting…

Pacific climate change activists are engaged in a race against time as they seek to influence the upcoming COP21 summit. As part of our engagement with Pacific social change movements, we are publishing the following short blog, to help publicise their campaign… Pacific activists Noelene Nabulivou and Miki Wali write: If Australia and New Zealand really cares about the Pacific as a partner, they must … Continue reading Not Drowning, Fighting…

Inclusion as innovation

Linda Kelly, Director of Praxis Consultants and co-Director at the Institute, discusses the importance of including those excluded from mainstream development when thinking and working politically. Ongoing research and practice experience suggests that allowing more control and direction by those excluded from mainstream development is often the best way to ensure both innovative and effective development strategies. For example, development work has embraced the idea that … Continue reading Inclusion as innovation

Private Enterprise and the Public Good

Aidan Craney, PhD candidate at La Trobe, ponders the role of public-private partnerships and technology in international development. Recently I stumbled across an article discussing how developing country citizens may be impacted by the relationship between public-private partnerships (PPPs) and improved technology for collecting and analysing data. The article from Taylor and Broeders, In the name of Development: power, profit and the datafication of the … Continue reading Private Enterprise and the Public Good

Big problems need lots of little solutions

Aidan Craney, PhD candidate at La Trobe University, discusses some of the challenges in providing quick solutions to complex problems.  For the better part of the last six months I have been between Fiji and Solomon Islands, conducting fieldwork for my PhD. My research focuses on questions of youth livelihoods in the Pasifika region, where a youth bulge is prevalent. Roughly 20 per cent of the … Continue reading Big problems need lots of little solutions

The cost of volunteering

Aidan Craney, PhD student at La Trobe, discusses the recent cuts to the Australian Volunteers for International Development program, and the potential impact of these cuts both within Australia and overseas. Recently the Australian Red Cross announced it was ceasing its global volunteer operations under the auspice of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID*) program. Whilst this decision is not entirely surprising given recent … Continue reading The cost of volunteering