The Institute is very happy to post this blog from Michelle Imison, a Sydney-based international development consultant, on her recent experience as an election monitor in Myanmar. We are very grateful that Michelle was able to respond to our request to share her first hand experience of this historic event. On Sunday, 8 November Myanmar’s general election was run and, although not yet officially won, the process itself was … Continue reading Myanmar Election 2015 – An International Observer’s Perspective
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…
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
Duncan Green follows up his Melbourne visit with this special guest blog. I try to avoid those endless bouts of INGO navel gazing, but don’t always succeed. Which is lucky, because recently, I had a really interesting session on ‘the future of INGOs’ at La Trobe University’s Institute for Human Security and Social Change in Melbourne. I kicked off summarising a recent paper (The End … Continue reading You can’t take a supertanker white-water rafting: what future for International NGOs?