2019 Australasian Aid Conference Slated for February 19-20
Canberra, December 14, 2018 — The Asia Foundation, in partnership with the Development Policy Centre at Australian National University, will host the 2019 Australasian Aid Conference February 19-20 at ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy in Canberra. The keynote address will be delivered by former president of the African Development Bank and Rwanda’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Donald Kaberuka and will be speaking on the future of Africa.
In its sixth year, the Australasian Aid Conference (AAC) will continue 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 collaborating, and help develop the research community. With over 500 people registered last year, the AAC has become a premier forum for the latest trends and research in international development and aid policy.
This year’s conference will include sessions on the opportunities and challenges regarding China’s development cooperation, using evaluation to increase the effectiveness of development support, and mental health and inclusive development practices.
Among conference presenters are The Asia Foundation’s Director of International Development Cooperation Anthea Mulakala, China Country Representative Hongbo Ji, and Thailand Country Representative Tom Parks. Mulakala and Ji will be speaking on Chinese development cooperation in Asia and the Pacific, touching on the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as multilateral efforts by the United Nations and international financial institutions. Parks will be speaking at a pre-conference event on the Foundation’s recent report, ASEAN as the Architect for Regional Development.
The Development Policy Centre (Devpolicy) is a think tank for aid and development serving Australia, the region, and the global development community. 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.
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