It has been 10 years since the Melbourne Development Circle began and as a volunteer-run organisation, we are so proud of all the team who have contributed their time and skills to bring together like-minded people working, or interested in the development, social enterprise and humanitarian sectors across Australia. Hours of planning, organising and collaborating go on behind the scenes and we have put on over 50 events engaging the community and providing networking opportunities, both in-person and online!

We want to thank all the volunteers and speakers who have been a part of the journey in building our MDC community into what we see today – and we warmly invite you to come and celebrate our 10th anniversary at our upcoming Game Changer. See below for more details.

Melbourne Development Circle’s Game Changer
Transitioning from International to Community Development
Wednesday 24th August, 2022 – 6.00 – 8.00pm (AEST) – In Person

From the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic restricting movement and catalysing the traction already gained by the localisation agenda, our role as “expats” and “international consultants” within the development space is under the microscope and ripe for review. 

Many people in the development space have used this window to make the transition from international to community development, using their transferable skills to help people and causes closer to home. 

In this Game Changer we will be exploring how our panel have made this transition (or how they dance in-between), their learnings from working within an ever-changing sector, and how they have found (and re-find) their place within this challenging field. 

Whether you’re trying to break into the sector, or contemplating your next move, we welcome people at all levels of their career to join us to gain insight and understanding of how the sector is changing and the different ways you can find your pocket within the diverse world of “development”. 

This conversation will also explore the importance of transferrable skills and how we can add to our own skillset to be ready for any context of development. We have experts from across the sector in humanitarian response, academia and development implementation who will all share their varied career experiences and reflect on the key lessons they have learnt from their dynamic careers in development.


  • Dr Jen Couch, Senior Lecturer, Australian Catholic University
  • More to be announced soon

Date: Wednesday 24th August 2022
Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm (AEST)
Location: Oxford Scholar Hotel, 427 Swanston St, CBD (view Google Map)
Cost: *$22 + booking fee

*As a voluntary organisation, MDC has ongoing costs, and as such we would greatly appreciate financial contributions in order to keep providing events such as this to the benefit of our community.

Speaker Bios

Dr Jen Couch – Senior Lecturer, ACU

Dr Jen Couch is a senior lecturer in youth work and international development. Jen has a professional background in international community development, youth work and working alongside marginalised communities particularly in refugee contexts and in South Asia. Jen is passionate about social resilience and how to strengthen and rebuild following experiences of community upheaval, violence, and trauma.