International WaterCentre Masters Scholarships now open

IWC Masters students

IWC Masters students on a field trip to North Stradbroke Island

Full-tuition scholarships ($49,920) to study the Master of Integrated Water Management next year. Closing date: 1 October

The IWC Master of Integrated Water Management is designed to give participants the technical, managerial and leadership skills they need to tackle complex water management challenges in a more effective and integrated way. The degree is jointly delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from IWC’s partner universities. Three specialisation streams are available including ‘International development’; ‘Urban water’ and ‘Water, land and people’. 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.

Visit event website here

 

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 v.bau@unsw.edu.au 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 v.bau@unsw.edu.au by Sunday 17th May 2015

Venue

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

Organisers

Dr Valentina Baú
School of the Arts & Media, University of New South Wales, Sydney Email: v.bau@unsw.edu.au

Tait Brimacombe
Institute for Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University, Melbourne Email: T.Brimacombe@latrobe.edu.au

Download full event details in PDF, or online here

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.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Rachel Kurzyp at 0487401898 or email at rachel@whydev.org.

Website: http://www.whydev.org/the-1st-annual-primetime-devie-awards/

Spain v Australia: comparing international aid budgets

Guest writer: Celeste Ward

Spain’s commitment to increasing it’s foreign aid in the 2000s was incredible. Spain was itself a recipient of international aid until the late 1970s before becoming the worlds sixth largest bilateral aid donor, increasing it’s aid from less than $2 billion to almost $7 billion in only six years.

In crossing this boundary, from aid receiver to giver, Spain entered a period of prosperity. The country secured a status and place in ‘The west,’ strengthened its links with Latin America and established new connections with Sub Saharan Africa. In 2004, 21% of Spain’s gross bilateral aid went to Africa, this rose to 27% in 2008, but Latin America received the majority; with 44% in 2004 and 49% in 2008. Continue reading

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 http://www.australianaid.org/

Help CARE and receive FREE entry to Boxing Day test

MCG_standsWill you be in Melbourne for Christmas? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on the hallowed turf of the MCG on Boxing Day AND support a great cause? Well here’s your chance!

CARE Australia is heading to the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Cricket Test at Melbourne’s MCG and we need a helping hand.

Time: Approximately 1.5 hour shift in the afternoon

Place: Melbourne’s MCG

What you’ll be doing: Handing out information about CARE’s work … and having fun!


In exchange, you’ll receive a free one-day ticket to the cricket (Boxing Day, 26 December).

If you’re interested: please send us a quick email with your contact details (mobile and email) to event.volunteers@care.org.au.

CARE_logo_RGBAbout CARE: CARE Australia is an Australian charity and international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on empowering women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.

Launching our new logo!

As we step into 2015, The Development Circle is excited to announce a bold new vision for its future. Building upon the outstanding work of our existing Circles around Australia, The Development Circle is embarking on a concerted effort to establish a greater sense of national unity by creating new opportunities for collaboration between our State groups.

National network and new website Continue reading

Stay in touch with SDC over summer

SDC logoSydney Development Circle will be on summer holidays until February 2015

To promote your organisation’s events in the Sydney section of the monthly, national newsletter, please email media@developmentcircle.org. First newsletter of 2015 will go out in February.

You can also promote your events, stay up to date and reach out to other SDC members:

Please note, the Groupsite will close on November 30th. If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up to our national monthly newsletter to keep receiving emails from Sydney Development Circle in 2015.

Happy festive season and see you next year!