Category Archives: International Development

#BringBackOurGirls and hashtag activism by PDC’s Natalia Saeed

Blog by Natalia Saeed, Chair – Perth Development Circle

On 15 April 2014 more than 200 high school girls were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria by the terrorist organization Boko Haram. Aged 15 to 18 and Christians and Muslims alike, knew the dangers of pursuing education, given that various schools in the area had recently closed in March due to fear of terrorist attacks. Continue reading

Apply Now – Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program

Introducing the light to a familyPollinate Energy has opened applications for the next Bangalore Young Professionals Program! Pollinate Energy is a social business bringing affordable clean technology to urban poor communities in India.

The Young Professionals Program is a two-week practical experience in social enterprise in India. You will work side by side with a Pollinator and your Young Indian Professional counterpart to support the Pollinator as they roll out new water and sanitation products (including support with technical expertise, strategies to improve sales processes, and customer education).

The outcome of this program is to ensure that your pollinator is appropriately skilled and capable of leading their own business operations with these new products after your departure. You will also attend training sessions equipping them with the skills to visualise career progression and to succeed in senior roles.

Are you the next agent for change? Applications close May 30th, for more information and to apply click here.

“The Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program is a ‘must do’ for anyone even remotely curious about changing the world for the better. I learnt more about India, poverty, social business and myself during the 2 week program than I have in the last 2 years!”

– Holly Hyder, YPP 2013, Pollinate Energy Ambassador

The Future of Aid

The Brisbane Development Circle and the Future of Aid

By Samantha Ryan

On February 27 Brisbane Development Circle (BDC) partnered with The Edge, part of the State Library of Queensland, to present an event called “The Future of Australian Aid”. BDC started the year’s program of events talking about the shifting environment in development at a local, national and international level and what this means for our own practice, the sector and the communities that will be impacted. While we don’t have the answers to all these questions, we began with what we already knew and started to think about the way forward and our resilience as a sector.
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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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Melbourne member review – March 2014

Beginning in March 2014, the Melbourne Development Circle is publishing a member review of our events. This review has both a profile of the member and a little information about the event for us to look back on. Our first member review is from Wendy Poussard, co-founder of the International Women’s Development Agency.

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Inspiring Change: Celebrate International Women’s Day

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

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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.

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.