2018 Australasian Aid Conference Returns February 12-14

Canberra, February 6, 2018 — The Asia Foundation will present the 2018 Australasian Aid Conference (AAC) on February 12-14, in partnership with the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University (ANU). Taking place in Canberra at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, the conference keynote will be delivered by Nancy Birdsall, the founding president of the Center for Global Development. Australian Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, will deliver the opening address.

Now in its fifth year, the Australasian Aid Conference will once again bring together researchers and development practitioners from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and beyond who are working on aid and international development policy issues, to share insights, promote collaboration, and help develop the research community. With over 500 people attending last year, AAC is the go-to regional forum on the latest trends and research in international development and aid policy.

This year, the conference has expanded to include 35 parallel sessions, in addition to the opening address, keynote address, and three plenary sessions. The interactive sessions will cover a range of topics across the international development sector, 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.

Among the conference presenters are senior staff from The Asia Foundation, including Gordon Hein, senior vice president of Programs; Anthea Mulakala, director of International Development Cooperation; William Stadden Cole, senior advisor for program strategy; and Sam Chittick, country representative, Philippines. Stay tuned for 2018 conference highlights in our In Asia blog.

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