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1st Annual Primetime Devie Awards by WhyDev

Devies Award logoFormally recognising development practitioners who are doing development right

WhyDev is proud to support the 1st Annual Primetime Devie Awards created to give recognition to our Australian development peers who are demonstrating leadership, ethical behavior and guidance within the sector.

The Devie Awards are open to all Australian development practitioners, as well as anyone, from any country, working in Australia or for an Australian organisation. Awards are open in five categories, and individuals can nominate themselves or someone else in any, or all, of the categories. The deadline for online nominations is Friday, May 1, 2015.

Online nominations can be submitted via the WhyDev website 

Four senior practitioners will review the nominations and choose a winner in each award category. Winners will be announced at the ACFID University Network Conference being held on June 4 and 5, 2015.

“The commitment and efforts of those who work on the ground in development often go unnoticed. Particularly, those who seek positive and innovative change in a sector that is stuck in neutral. At WhyDev, we are very excited to open the Devie Awards to recognise Australians who are committed to getting development right,” says Brendan Rigby, Managing Director and Founder of WhyDev.

The judges are: Emele Duiuturaga, Honorary Executive Director at Pacific Islands Association of Non- Governmental Organisations; Andrew Hewett, Sessional Lecturer at LaTrobe University; Deborah Rhodes, Consultant in International Development Cooperation, and Chris Adams, Independent Consultant, In-Depth Consulting Limited.

The award categories include: I got space; Yeah, Nah; Deviant; Failing Admirably and The build-up. Each category represents a quality valued by the sector and development practitioners.

WhyDev provides collaborative and participatory services for individuals, communities and organisations committed to getting global development right.


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Rachel Kurzyp at 0487401898 or email at


We’re for Australian Aid

were for aus aid


The Development Circle is proud to support the Campaign for Australian Aid.

As Australians, through Australian aid, we have played a key part in the international efforts of halving global poverty, helped reduce the number of children dying each year, provided access to vaccinations against the diseases of TB, HIV and malaria and helped millions of girls and boys get an education. It’s not something that you see or hear about very often, but you’ve helped to make the world a fairer place for all, and that’s something you can be very proud of.

That’s why we’re for Australian Aid.

Australian Aid





Why now?

Now is a critical time for us to stand up for the life-changing work of Australian Aid, which is helping people living in poor communities to build a fairer future.

There have been unprecedented cuts to Australian aid in the past year and it has lost the bi-partisan support it once held.  The Australia Aid campaign aims to build greater understanding and support for Australian aid by showcasing its effectiveness in countries around the world.

Now, more than ever, Australia needs strong support behind the life-changing work of aid.


Add your voice to the movement committed to a brighter future for Australian Aid.

The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions.

This campaign is for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world.

For more information and to join go to

Inspiring workshops next week!

masterclassEngineers with Borders Australia is running a series of interactive, innovative and inspiring workshops and masterclasses in conjunction with Link Festival, which will bring together Australia’s leading and emerging social innovators to explore how design and technology can create change in our backyard and the world.

Dialects, Diets, Dresses, Dwellings and Dances & Songs – Discover how culture enables sustainable development

Part 1     9.00am – 12.00pm, Sunday 24th November, Engineers Australia Office, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne
Part 2     8.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday 27th November, Melbourne University, Parkville, Room TBC

Hosted by: Gaurav Shorey & Sourabh Phadke, two social innovators and architects from India, will enlighten and inspire you about how cultural behaviours, traditions and customs can impact and even drive sustainable development. To register and find out more:

Applied Capacity Building – Key Challenges and Lessons from the Field

Sunday 24th November at 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, Engineers Australia Office, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne

To register and find out more:

An Introduction to WASH & WASH in Challenging Environments

Wednesday 27th November at 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Room TBC

To register and find out more:

Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program – Apply Now!

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Pollinate Energy is a social enterprise improving the lives of  India’s urban poor by giving them access to products that make their lives better. We empower entrepreneurs to be a positive force for change, as they supply products including solar lights, mobile phone chargers, and fuel efficient cookstoves to urban poor communities.

Pollinate Energy also host groups of international teams on a Young Professionals Program, who contribute to the overall strategy and development of the Pollinate Energy business model.

The Young Professionals Program fosters future leaders in sustainable development, equipping them with the skills in leadership, problem-solving and critical analysis which are necessary to create positive change. The intensive 2-week program is delivered by the cofounder team who have extensive experience across sustainability, economics, government and private practise, not to mention their years spent in international development and as founders of Pollinate Energy.

The program participants in April 2014 will focus on assessing the social, economic and environmental impact over the past year of operations for Pollinate Energy. With a strong focus on program monitoring and evaluation, participants will experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage directly with our customers, and hear how this social enterprise approach to alleviate poverty is impacting lives.

PE logoAre you the next agent for social change?

Applications close December 13th, 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

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.