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Will you stand #WithSyria? Tomorrow @ FedSquare

Be part of a global movement to end the violence in Syria after three years of conflict. 

Facebook-highlight-1On Friday 14 March at Federation Square, Australians will gather together for a vigil to stand with the people of Syria.

The conflict in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st Century. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including 11,000 children. 2.5 million people are living as refugees. Continue reading

Vic MUN 2014 Conference a Great Success

Students unite to debate global affairs

by Rebecca Gaskin, Co Secretary General, Vic MUN 2014  & Model UN Officer

From the 21st to 23rd of February, students from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland gathered at La Trobe University to take part in the second annual Victorian Model United Nations conference. Under the theme of Access and Action, students looked into the barriers people face globally on accessing their inalienable human rights.

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Half the Sky – International Women’s Day Celebration

20140212_HTS485International Women’s Development Agency will hold a night of celebration and conversation in Melbourne to mark International Women’s Day 2014.

Join the conversation about the future of women and girls in our region and globally, with keynote speakers Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash; and Ms Sam Mostyn, President of the Australian Council for International Development, non-executive board director and AFL Commissioner. Continue reading

Inspiring Change: Celebrate International Women’s Day

Inspiring Change: Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Humanitarian Crisis Hub

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IWD Event Poster – Melbourne

You are invited to Humanitarian Crisis Hub’s International Women’s Day celebration events, as part of our Women Leading Change program.

In both Melbourne and Sydney, we will be bringing together diaspora women and their organisations to talk on the contribution that women make to building peace, human rights and development in their countries of origin, particularly countries affected by war and conflict. We will be celebrating International Women’s Day under the theme of Inspiring Change.

We would very much welcome your participation and contribution, so please do come along and enjoy the afternoon with us. It will be a chance to hear more about what diaspora women activists and organisations are doing from Australia and how they can be better supported by aid agencies, civil society and government in their work.

** SYDNEY **
Saturday 1st March
Unions NSW, 
Level 5, 20 Wentworth Street
Featuring presentations from diaspora women’s organisations, discussion panels, guests from the humanitarian sector and the chance to meet with women’s organisations.
Saturday 1st March
The Multicultural Hub
506 Elizabeth Street
(Opposite Queen Victoria Market)
Featuring speakers from women’s organisations, invited guests from the humanitarian sector, discussion, and performances by the Boite’s Iranian Women’s Choir and the Breathing Space women’s choir.
In Victoria, this event is proudly supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. 
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Our Women Leading Change network seeks to support women from diaspora communities who are campaigning for human rights and peace in their communities in Australia and in their country of origin. We support them with advocacy strategy development, how to engage the media, organisational development and networking opportunities to link in with the government and humanitarian sector.

The Humanitarian Crisis Hub works in Australia with people from countries affected by war and conflict who promote the human rights of people in their countries of origin.  We support diaspora community initiatives; provide resources, information and training; facilitate dialogue and shared learning; build networks; and seek to amplify community voices at local, national and international levels.

Fundraiser screening “Ringbalin – Breaking the Drought”

Engineers Without Borders Australia invites you to their upcoming fund-raising event on December 9th 2013, organized by EWB’s Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders Focus Group.

The session will include with screening a short documentary film called Ringbalin – Breaking the DroughtIt is a 30min documentary film presenting a mind-changing Aboriginal perspective on Australia’s great Murray Darling Rivers.

EWB Ringbalin

WHERE: Bella Union, Level 1, Victorian Trades Hall – Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets

WHEN: Monday, 9th December 2013. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start

WHO: Director Ben Pederick on video + special guest!

HOW MUCH: AUD25 (Concession: AUD20). Your contribution will support both Engineer Without Borders AND the creation of the full version of Ringbalin – River Stories App!

Book your tickets now:, or call (03) 9650 5699.

About this project

“In 2010 Australia was suffering the worst drought in recorded history. At the mouth of the River Murray in South Australia, Ngarrindjeri Elder Uncle Moogy was watching his ancestral home die, so he united a group of different Aboriginal River Nations in a 2300-kilometre pilgrimage to dance the spirit back into the river and into themselves. Ringbalin – Breaking the Drought tells the story of their journey.” See the trailer at

Through the magic of technology, Director Ben Pederick will introduce us from Cambodia, to the documentary and share his thoughts on the significance of this film launch in Australia. He will also talk to us about sister project Ringbalin – River Stories, an innovative geo-located app that invites you on a journey along the Rivers, with Elders from the oldest cultures on Earth acting as your guides.

Check out the fund-raising page indiegogo video/page, which provides many details about the App and its potential, but also shows how much money is needed to launch the full version of the App (so far only a prototype version was created). The end of the fund-raising for this great App is 20th November so let’s contribute now to make it happen. There are lots of prices for those who contribute too!

Two last things:

1) Be quick, get your ticket as it’s going to sell out fast and

2) Talk to your friends, circulate this link around!

International WaterCentre Masters Scholarships


Every year, the International WaterCentre (IWC) awards scholarships to a small number of excellent candidates who are accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM). These scholarships are awarded to applicants who clearly demonstrate potential to become water leaders of the future.

  • Scholarships open to Australian and international students
  • Value: full-tuition (AU$46,200)
  • Apply online by 1 October (domestic students)
  • Program starts in February 2014 at The University of Queensland

The Master of Integrated Water Management (also available as Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate) is designed to fast-track career development and equip students with transdisciplinary skills in integrated water management. Using problem-based and experiential learning, students create and implement integrated solutions to real-world water and climate change challenges.

The program is delivered at The University of Queensland and taught by leading industry experts and lecturers from IWC’s four member universities. The program can be completed in 18 months full-time or 3 years part-time/distance. Three specialisation streams are available including ‘International development’, ‘Urban water’, and ‘Water, land and people’.

Apply online:

More information:

Contact: Email | Phone +61 7 3014 0200

IWC_logo_rgbAbout the International WaterCentre (IWC)

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is a joint venture of four leading Australian universities (The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University and The University of Western Australia). IWC provides education, training, applied research and knowledge services to promote a whole-of-water-cycle approach and develop capacity in integrated water resource management around the world.



Development Unconference

Your voice, your passions, and the ability to vote with your feet!

MDC August 2012 Forum, Australian Volunteers InternationalDo you want to be part of the most interactive conversation on development happening in Melbourne? Do you want to hear from and be heard from in a dynamic maelstrom of like-minded and motivated thinkers?

The Melbourne Development Unconference is your opportunity to learn from your peers about the experiences that interest you and to share your experiences with them in an open format that encourages engagement.

Melbourne Development Circle and Friends of AVI are hosting Melbourne’s first ever Development Unconference on Saturday 5 October in Fitzroy. We’re bringing together community and international development professionals, students, the social enterprise community and the “development-curious” for a one-day, participant-driven event where attendees determine all topics and sessions.

How does it work?

Attendees will arrive at 9.30 and begin the day with an opportunity to network over a tea or coffee. Those interested in presenting or sharing their work will add their session to the schedule. Attendees will then select the session that interests them or start a break-out discussion group of their own. Throughout the day, participants will take part in more than 25 different sessions that will include: workshops, presentations, round-table discussions, how-tos, and more.

This event is designed to empower our amazing community and facilitate skill-sharing and collaboration around ideas in community and international development.

What now?

  • Buy a ticket! (Your ticket includes lunch, coffee, tea and snacks). Complimentary drinks will be served at the venue from 4pm-5pm to wind up the day.
  • Do you have a discussion topic or workshop you’d like to organise? A how-to or project case study you’d like to share? If yes, then please nominate that you wish to be a speaker on the day when you register.
  • Details and registration here:

Get the conversation started! Leave a comment below or share your ideas with our networks.

Connect with us On Twitter: @TheDevCircle – #devunconf or On Facebook

Start the conversation here:

RedR Australia info sessions

Syrians Take Refugee in JordanRedR Australia is a not-for-profit humanitarian agency, ready to supply skilled professionals to where they are needed most in times of crisis. We also train aid workers, equipping them with the skills needed to be effective in the field.

We’re holding our annual evening information sessions in September for anyone keen to gain an insight into how we work, what happens on our training courses and how to join our Register of skilled professionals.

Our people will share what you can expect from a RedR Australia field assignment and what it’s like supporting an international humanitarian relief effort. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask any burning questions you may have.

Standby Register members are ideally professionals with at least five years’ experience in their field including 12 months in an international context, preferably in an emergency response setting.  Our people are ‘field ready’ and can be on the ground within days of a disaster.

We recruit from a wide range of skillsets including public health, information and communications technology, logistics, public information/media liaison, engineering and water and sanitation.

Our current priority recruitment profiles include:

  • information management, ideally with GIS skills
  • protection and child protection
  • emergency response
  • education in emergencies
  • nutrition

Click here to book your place. Please contact with any queries.

The nitty gritty:
Melbourne – Monday 16 September
Sydney – Monday 23 September

Venue details and other information will be provided via email. Like birthdays and tax returns our info sessions only happen once a year, and space is limited so get in quick to secure your spot.

REDRLOGO_Web (Small)We look forward to seeing you there! Visit for more information on who we are and what we do.

Join the Movement to End Poverty

mtep logo (oficial)In the year 2000, Australia committed to helping achieve the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to halve poverty by 2015. With just a few years to go until the deadline, urgent action is required if nations are to fulfil their promise to achieve the MDGs.

The Movement to End Poverty is a joint action of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions for all Australians who believe we can end extreme poverty. Australia can help Make Poverty History by giving it’s fair share of aid – just 70 cents in every $100 of Australian’s national income by 2020. As a step towards achieving this, we ask our government to keep it’s promise to increase aid to 50 cents in every $100 dollars of national income by 2016.

Together with our coalition partners, Make Poverty History is collecting signatures to show the federal government that contributing a fair amount to sustainable human development is the right thing to do and something that many Australians support. Join the thousands of Australians taking action on global poverty by signing the Movement to End Poverty petition

Have you joined Friends of AVI yet?

Friends of AVI logo jpegBecome a Friend of AVI! Connect. Live. Learn.

To showcase their inspirational work, Australian Volunteers International is delighted to be launching its new Friends of AVI program! This new AVI initiative will connect friends, networks and communities who are interested in living in a world actively promoting global citizenship; and creating a learning environment that contributes to discussions on global issues, sustainable development and international volunteering.

The Friends of AVI program will host a range of events and networking opportunities in every state of Australia, providing an avenue for Friends to engage with the activities of AVI and our many associated partners and networks.

By signing up to become a Friend of AVI you can hear about AVI volunteers’ life-changing work, the impact volunteering can have on sustainable development outcomes for local communities and how, as an Australian, you can create awareness about global issues through public dialogue and debate.

Membership is free and all Friends of AVI will receive:

  • Invitations to forums relating to international development and the volunteer sector
  • Invitations to information sessions, talks and other events hosted by AVI
  • Regular communications including: subscription to AVI’s monthly e-news AVI Plus,
  • AV bi-annual magazine and regular Friends of AVI news updates
  • Discounts to selected travel stores and travel publications, including: Intrepid Travel, New Internationalist and Lonely Planet.
  • Opportunity to participate in AVI awareness campaigns/networking events.
  • An invitation to AVI’s Annual General Meeting

Support the work of AVI and become a Friend of AVI today!

We are now also on Facebook!

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