Vacancy: Communications and Policy Adviser at ACFID
The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is seeking a creative and propositional Communications and Policy Adviser to bring fresh ideas and new thinking to the secretariat, based in Canberra. Applications close on the 17th of February 2019.

For more information see:

Round table with Dr Donald Kaberuka

Dr Donald Kaberuka, Former President, African Development Bank and Rwanda’s Minister of Finance. will be at ANU next week.

Devpolicy  have reached out to the High Commissions  to organise a round table discussion with Dr Kaberuka while he is here

11am, Monday 18 February . 

Venue: the China and the World Boardroom. 

If you wish to attend please contact

Madeleine Flint, Program Officer, Development Policy Centre

Demography at the ANU

19 Feb: Tuesday Demography Seminar with Kirsty Wissing “Pure water: purity and power in ritual meanings and uses of water in Ghana”.

28 Feb-1 March: Conference: Fertility Transitions, Past and Present. Closed conference presented jointly by the ANU School of Demography and the ANU Centre for Economic History. Full draft program available here. Contact James Raymer or Edith Gray if you are interested in attending the conference.

This program includes:

1 March “Pathways through fertility transition in developing countries; 1960-2015”
(Tom Moultrie University of Cape Town)
“Stopping and Spacing in Settler South Africa’s Fertility Transition”
Martine Mariotti (RSE, ANU) and Jeanne Cilliers (Lund University)

Recent Demography Publications

Collin Payne, Luca Maria Pesando, Hans-Peter Kohler. Private intergenerational transfers, family structure and health in a sub-Saharan African context, Population and Development Review (online) pp 1-40.

Joanie M Mitchell, Mark Tomlinson, Ruth M Bland, Brian Houle, Alan Stein and Tamsen J Rochat. Confirmatory factor analysis of the Kaufman assessment battery in a sample of primary school-aged children in rural South Africa. South African Journal of Psychology 2018, Vol. 48(4) 434-452

The 2019 Australasian Aid Conference and Africa

As stated in the post dated 8 December 2018, the ANU’s Development Policy Centre announced that, ‘Now in its sixth year, the Australasian Aid Conference will once again bring together
researchers and development practitioners from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia,
and beyond.’


“Beyond” includes Africa which is normally lucky to get as much attention as Vanuatu. However, this year the program includes several mentions of Africa and Africanists, as follows:

Day One February 19th, 2019, 9.40-10.30am
Keynote address – The future of Africa
Molonglo Theatre [Overflow: Weston Theatre] Dr Donald Kaberuka, Former President, African Development Bank and Rwanda’s Minister of Finance’


‘Transdisciplinary research for food and nutrition security: experiences from work in Africa and Southeast Asia’, Federico Davila, Research Principal – Food Systems, University of Technology Sydney

‘Public-private partnerships – working at the coal face with African governments to truly break the cycle of poverty’, Cassandra Treadwell, CEO and Founder, So They Can

Jane Kennedy, Associate Director – Asia and Africa, UnitingWorld

Aime Saba, Information Management Office – Food Security Cluster, World Food Programme

Robyn Alders, Senior Scientific Advisor, Centre for Global Health Security

Transforming small-scale irrigation in Zimbabwe

Dr André F van Rooyen
‘André is Principal Scientist specializing in integrated agricultural systems in the research program on Innovation Systems for Drylands, at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He uses the characteristics of complex adaptive systems to analyse system functionality and explore opportunities to improve and develop more diverse and integrated agricultural systems.’

Frank Fenner Seminar Room
Frank Fenner Building 141
Linnaeus Way, Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 6200

Dates & times

11am–12pm Wednesday 30 Jan 2019


Peter Ramshaw

For More Information see

‘There are several parking options nearby the venue, please allow at least 20 minutes to find a park and walk to the building. Parking information can be found on the ANU website.’

Bus Route

Routes 3 and 7 (weekdays) and route 934 (weekends), travel through the middle of the ANU campus.


Africa and the 2019 Australasian Aid Conference

The ANU’s Development Policy Centre has announced that

‘Now in its sixth year, the Australasian Aid Conference will once again bring together
researchers and development practitioners from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia,
and beyond.’ “Beyond” includes Africa which is normally lucky to get as much attention as Vanuatu.

However this year the draft program includes on Day One February 19th, 2019, ‘9.40-10.30am
Keynote address – The future of Africa
Molonglo Theatre [Overflow: Weston Theatre] Dr Donald Kaberuka, Former President, African Development Bank and Rwanda’s Minister of Finance’

Understanding parent and child mental health outcomes and the potential of family-centred interventions in HIV epidemic settings in Africa

ANU School of Demography Seminar

Date and Time: Friday 30 November 2018 – 3.00pm – 4.00 pm

Location: Jean Martin Room, Beryl Rawson Bldg #13, Ellery Crescent, ANU

Presenter: Dr Tamsen Rochat, Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

Title: Understanding parent and child mental health outcomes and the potential of family-centred interventions in HIV epidemic settings in Africa


Africa is at the centre of the global HIV epidemic, and South Africa is one of the most heavily affected countries with one of the largest HIV treatment programs in the world. The success of prevention and treatment in South Africa has led to large numbers of HIV-infected parents surviving to raise their HIV uninfected children, with up to 60% of children being raised by an HIV-infected primary caregiver, most frequently their mother. This raises concern about how HIV exposure may impact on children’s development and mental health. While vertical transmission in South Africa has been reduced to less than 3%, the incidence amongst adolescents has continued to rise, with emerging evidence suggesting that this generation of HIV-exposed and affected children are at greater risk of infection themselves in adolescence. To date, most interventions to reduce HIV incidence during adolescence in South Africa have demonstrated only marginal or no sustained effects.

This presentation focuses on parent and child mental health outcomes in one of largest longitudinal cohorts in Africa, with a particular focus on the critical transition from pre-adolescence into early adolescence; and introduces a family-centred intervention approach, which has been successful tested amongst HIV infected parents with pre-adolescent children. Improving our understanding of how adolescent risk emerges is critical for both prevention and intervention. The Siyakhula cohort is one of only a few cohorts globally that includes both HIV-exposed, affected children and HIV-unexposed comparison group. It is the only cohort in Africa that includes objective tests of children cognition, and measured both parent and child mental health.

Contact: Susan Cowan +61 2  6125 4273



Ibrahim Abraham and Christianity and Social Class in South Africa

Dr Ibrahim Abraham has recently joined the ANU.

From his personal website :

“I am an Australian sociologist of religion and contemporary culture, currently researching Christianity and social class in South Africa, based in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University, where I am the Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences.”

See also:

His conference paper at the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) Conference given in Sydney on November 21st, 2018,  was

“Spiritual and Class Insecurity in the South African Fiction of Niq Mhlongo”

See  for his Abstract.




Speaker: Augustus Panton
Augustus is a PhD candidate (economics) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. His PhD research is focused on the monetary policy implications of climate change and alternative climate policy regimes. Augustus has previously worked as an economist in the Research, Policy & Planning Department at the Central Bank of Liberia.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Venue: Fenner Seminar Room, Building 141, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Linnaeus Way (which is 200 metres from the Dickson Road/Daley Road roundabout).


Policy efforts are underway toward the creation of a single currency in Anglophone West Africa. This presentation will provide an overview of the key issues and challenges that must be considered in the design and implementation of monetary policy in the region and elsewhere (particularly in developing countries), with the unexplored interlinkage between monetary policy and climate change at the heart of the discussion. For a region that is highly susceptible to climate-induced environmental and macroeconomic disruptions, the ability of the proposed regional central bank to promote socio-economic development will crucially depend on having strong interlinkage between climate actions and the monetary policy framework.


KIrsty Wissing on Water in Africa and on African Studies in Europe

Kirsty is Wissing is an anthropology PhD student  researching the cultural politics of cleanliness and purity in relation to water in Ghana.  Building on work in other areas of the ANU by  Professor Quentin Grafton from Crawford School of Public Policy, as well as by Associate Professor James Pittock and PhD Candidate Adegboyega Adeniran, both based at the School of Fenner School of Environment and Society, Kirsty sees water as a key site to explore economic, environmental, social as well as political impacts within and between countries in Africa as well as globally in a changing climate.

Below is an item  by Kirsty Wissing first published in the November  2018 issue of Habari Kwa Upfupi, the newsletter of AFSAAP, the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific.

2018 AFSAAP Travel Grant – ASAUK – Kirsty Wissing post-conference report

Kirsty is a recipient of the 2018 AFSAAP Travel Assistance Grant. This grant from AFSAAP assisted her attend the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK) conference in the United Kingdom a couple of months ago. Below is her report on her successful trip.

” A Canberra winter. Far removed from the warmth, the church/mosque/information centre/trader/traffic/goat/rooster noises of postgraduate fieldwork in southern Ghana. There, the mind can defrost if not also, in my case, perhaps overheat a little. To converse, suggest and interchange ideas with community members and university colleagues alike that would inform my thesis and also my general outlook.

In pursuit of more such conversations, to freshen the mind and regain feeling in my literally and metaphorically numb thumbs, I was lucky to attend, convene a panel and present at the biannual African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK). This conference was hosted by the University of Birmingham’s Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA), formerly known the Centre for West African Studies.

To me, the collegial cross-disciplinary approach of DASA – combining anthropology, history, human geography development, literature, media, popular culture and religion – seems to reflect the values that the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AfSAAP) holds of bringing the diverse training and employment experiences of its members into dialogue as focused on the African continent and its diaspora. It was also a chance to reconnect with academics and students at DASA that had hosted me as an Endeavour Research Fellow in 2016 to discuss research progressions.

The ASAUK conference drew participants from across the African continent, Europe, the United States and Canada and far flung places like that island called Australia to interchange ideas and find common ground in research and policy. From the analysis of African first ladies, to extractives, the arts, and assertions of traditional and electoral legitimacy, topics were diverse and dynamic.

With Barbara Carbon (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Stephan Miescher (University of California, Santa Barbara, the United States), I co-convened and also presented in a panel that considered anticipated and unexpected infrastructural impacts of dam-building in relation to the power of water, comparing Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I also unpacked how theatre can promote inter-faith dialogue in Ghana in a presentation convened by Eric Otchere (University of Cape Coast, Ghana). Thanking AfSAAP at each presentation for enabling attendance at the conference, and also using informal conversation opportunities, I was able to share AfSAAP’s work, mission, and promote the upcoming conference in New South Wales.

While in Europe, I also presented research and discussed AfSAAP as an organisation in Sweden at the European Association of Social Anthropologists conference at the University of Stockholm, and elsewhere in the United Kingdom at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth conference at the University of Oxford, and at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London.

Feedback from these forums will directly feed into my PhD dissertation as well as related articles. I am grateful to AfSAAP for the chance to learn from and contribute to scholarship about the African continent in and its diaspora, and in doing so to promote AfSAAP and bring diverse experiences and disciplines together.” ‘