Category Archives: Training and Professional Development

Making an Impact Summit

2015 Link FestivalEngineers Without Borders Australia’s upcoming event Making an Impact Summit will held on 14 December 2015 in Melbourne.

The Making an Impact Summit is a showcase of the role that industry, academics and students can play in creating positive social outcomes.  Meet EWB Challenge’s National Finalists, hear about cutting edge EWB university research, and learn more about innovative corporate approaches to social impact. Continue reading

Tumultuous Times: Aid Cuts & Partnership Impacts – Event Summary

Dave Husy (left) and Adam Valvasori (right)

Dave Husy (left) and Adam Valvasori (right) taking questions from the audience. Photo by Dan A’Vard – Opencage Photography

Tumultuous Times: Aid Cuts & Partnership Impacts

Tuesday May 5th, 6-8pm, Donkey Wheel House Melbourne

Event summary by Kelly Rae

Disproportionate cuts to the Australian aid budget announced last December mean that Australian NGO’s are already starting to axe international programs, with a devastating impact on their partner organisations and communities in which poverty alleviation programs have been operating. With further aid cuts expected to be announced this May, NGO’s are in limbo, many starting to alert partner organisations that programs may have to be scaled down or ceased all together. The impact on partnerships, long term programming, and the people that they work with, will be profound.

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Communication for Development Event Melbourne

Communication for Development approaches in the Australian NGO sector and academia / Knowledge sharing & networking for an improved practice

Wednesday 3rd June 2015, 2PM-6PM, Melbourne

2015 ACFID University Network Conference – side event


This event brings together academic researchers from Australian universities and think tanks with Australian NGO practitioners. The aim is to provide a platform for international development actors involved or interested in communication for development (C4D) work to share experiences, lessons learned and recommendations that can contribute to an improved practice. Connections between practitioners and researchers on C4D-related research projects that strengthen the value of the practice are also facilitated.

An additional aim of this seminar is to offer a space to those who have an interest in this field and are planning to kick-start new C4D activities. It is a forum to brainstorm ideas and to put forward questions related to programme design to an experienced audience.

This event will be a unique opportunity to gather knowledge on the status of C4D work among Australian NGOs and research institutions, and to create a network of organisations where that knowledge is regularly exchanged.

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Apply to present

If you would like to present your work at this event, please email your EOI to Dr Valentina Baú at the address no later than Sunday 17th May 2015. You will be notified of your outcome by Friday 22nd May 2015

RSVP to attend

This event is free for participants, but RSVP is essential
If you would like to attend, please email by Sunday 17th May 2015


La Trobe University city campus Teaching Room 2, Level 20, Westpac Building, 360 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3086


Dr Valentina Baú
School of the Arts & Media, University of New South Wales, Sydney Email:

Tait Brimacombe
Institute for Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University, Melbourne Email:

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Launch: RedR Australia’s Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

RedR Australia is now offering Cert IV in Training and Assessment with a humanitarian focus

RedR community consultation

RedR community consultation

Sharing knowledge while working in some of the world’s most difficult environments requires a unique set of skills.

The team at RedR will equip you with the tools to effectively collaborate with diverse communities in challenging and interesting contexts. You will be given the confidence to engage with a variety of clients and carry out your job to a higher standard.

This course is designed with a focus on delivery within the not-for profit and humanitarian spheres and looks at the many demanding circumstances presented while working in the field.

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Report: Working with Aboriginal Communities – Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Practice

Prof Dori Tunstall presents on the use of Indigenous knowledge in design anthropology

Prof Dori Tunstall presents on the use of Indigenous knowledge in design anthropology

Event summary for Working with Aboriginal Communities: Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Practice“, hosted by Melbourne Development Circle

Event Location: Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne CBD

Event Date: September 2, 2014

Prepared by: Chloe Piper, MDC Leader

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Advocacy – MDC Event Summary

Melbourne Development Circle May 2014 Event – Advocacy

Event Summary kindly written by Jane Perry


Outline of evening

The was held on May 6 at the Drill Hall, Therry St. Pictured: Olivia Greenwell during her presentation

Kelly Rae, MDC Convenor and MC for the evening, welcomed everyone and explained that the event would be interactive, with opportunities to share ideas and strategise with others about championing social change.

The activities kicked off with “Elevator Pitch”, where audience members each pitched an idea to someone for 30 seconds to convince the other person that “all people should wear yellow on Mondays”. The arguments used were varied, creative and persuasive. 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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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!