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MARCH 2017
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You're invited to join us at our seminar on Papua New Guinea in 2017 on 12 April featuring visiting Papua New Guinean scholars Professor David Kavanamur and Dr Nao Badu.

The seminar follows on from the fantastic launch of the Pacific Research Community (PaRC) and Pacific Student Association and our first PaRC seminar on Pacific Art as Activism.

This month we welcome Paul Kelly from Liverpool in the UK as our new Research Fellow (Analysis and Communications) working on the PNG Governance Facility Knowledge Platform.

Please stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.


Chris Roche and Team
Director, Institute for Human Security and Social Change



Pacific Research Community and Pacific Student Association Launch a great success  

The La Trobe Pacific Research Community and Pacific Student Association was launched on Thursday 16 March by La Trobe Vice Chancellor John Dewar and Yogesh Punja, Fijian High Commissioner to Australia.

The event was attended by over 100 people including Honorary Consul to the Solomon Islands Reginald Hodgson, City of Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf, academics, staff, students, friends and members of the Pacific Islands community. The launch included posters about research La Trobe has undertaken in the Pacific, a kava ceremony, Samoan dancing and a Fijian farewell song.

Photos from the event are available on the Institute facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the celebration.

The land of the unexpected: Papua New Guinea in 2017 lunchtime seminar

Get informed on how our nearest neighbours are responding creatively and innovatively to the challenges facing Papua New Guinea at this lunchtime seminar on Wednesday 12 April at 12noon.

Visiting Papua New Guinean scholars Professor David Kavanamur and Dr Nao Badu will brief you about the elections being held in mid-2017, declining economic conditions with the fall in commodity prices, and the status of the higher education sector after student riots marred the 2016 academic year.

Please join us for a light lunch and opportunity to meet and talk with the panellists after the seminar.
Book now

Institute Co-Director Dr Linda Kelly to visit Central Land Council in Northern Territory

Dr Linda Kelly will visit the Central Land Council (CLC) in early April for a monitoring and evaluation visit.

The Central Land Council is a representative body governed by 90 Aboriginal people elected from communities in the southern half of the Northern Territory. The CLC represents Aboriginal people in Central Australia and supports them to manage their land, make the most of the opportunities it offers and promote their rights. 

Dr Kelly has had an ongoing partnership with the Central Land Council for a number of years and provides them with monitoring and evaluation of their community development program.

The Central Land Council Community Development Program began in 2005 and implements community development projects involving Aboriginal income flowing from land-use agreements including royalties, rent, lease and compensation payments, as well as affected area payments.

Welcoming Paul Kelly, Research Fellow

Paul Kelly joined the Institute of Human Security and Social Change this month to work on our forthcoming PNG Governance Facility Knowledge Platform as a Research Fellow.

Paul joins us from Lancaster University in the UK, where he has been researching impact evaluation and data/knowledge management in the development sector since 2013, as part of a PhD program.

Paul holds a bachelor degree in Philosophy and two master degrees, one in Digital Innovation and the other in ICTs for Education. Over the last 20 years, his career has seen him work with universities, the British Council, the UNDP, numerous NGOs and private sector organisations on projects related to international development, education and socio-digital change in organisations.

His recent research looks at how different people view the use of data and knowledge in their work.

Pacific Art as Activism: sovereignty over image, narrative and space

This month we hosted the inaugural seminar of La Trobe’s Pacific Research Community with visiting speakers Jackie Kauli and Verena Thomas from QUT and the University of Goroka, Frances Koya Vaka’uta from the University of the South Pacific, and Dan Bendrups from La Trobe University.

Led by Institute Research Fellow Tait Brimacombe, the seminar looked at how contemporary Pacific art has been conceptualised as ‘art as activism’ or ‘art for social change’ and Pacific artists, writers, musicians and performers have become a prominent feature in the region’s international development landscape.

Contact Tait Brimacombe at for further information about the seminar and watch this space for an audio recording of the event. 

Photos from the event are available on our facebook page.

Making Change Happen Professional Development Program

With ACFID we are delivering Making Change Happen - a professional development program for leaders and senior managers from development NGOs.

The program focuses on the challenges that NGOs will need to address if they are to remain relevant and effective in 10-15 years’ time.

Unit 3 on Organisational Development in a Complex World will be run on Wednesday 31 May and Friday 23 June.
Unit 3 explores the institutional implications of a greater understanding of complexity and social change. It is targeted at senior management staff and leaders across agencies and explores issues of leadership, governance, funding and managing multiple accountabilities. It will be designed and delivered with Collaborate for Impact.

To register for Unit 3 contact Stephanie Koorey at ACFID, or 02 6281 9229.

Our Professorial Fellow Dennis Altman’s 3-minute aid pitch

Did you catch our Professorial Fellow Dennis Altman's 3-minute aid pitch at #AAC2017?

In this strong pitch, Altman tells us we can't talk about global human rights while we maintain offshore detention centres, how we need to say to ourselves 'He is not our president' and how we must tell our politicians why development assistance is an essential part of preserving Australian security.

Watch it online now.

Dr Duncan Green in Melbourne

Dr Duncan Green will share the ideas from his latest book How Change Happens in a public forum on 6 April at Deakin Edge at Federation Square.

This free public event is co-presented by the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network, the Development Leadership Program, Oxfam Australia and IWDA.
Book now

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