Sudan Embassy Exhibition

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/sudanese-ambassador-speaks-against-african-gang-reporting-20180214-h0w2zg.html

The above link reports a statement by Dr Baroudi, who became Ambassador for the Republic of Sudan in 2017, when he described an exhibition that opened on Monday at the Embassy.

“Sudan is seeking all the time for the common interests on a bilateral basis,” he said.

“That means if Sudan has good relations with Russia it doesn’t mean it should have bad relations with US and in this context also Sudan is seeking to have good relations with Australia in the international arena.”

Part of changing the way Australians see the country is an exhibition of Sudanese art and artefacts at the embassy in O’Malley, which will be opened on Monday night. A ceremony celebrating the inauguration of the embassy will include a Sudanese band and Sudanese cuisine. The exhibition includes a recreation of a traditional marriage ceremony, photos of the pyramids in Sudan dating back to the Kush era and other Sudanese artefacts. The ambassador and his wife, who made some of the artworks, are encouraging members of the public to visit the exhibition during business hours.”

Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan
Chancery:
23 Numeralla Street
O’Malley ACT 2606
Tel: (02) 6290 2635

Deaths in DRC

Speaker: Professor Helen Ware (UNE)
Date & time
Thu 15 Feb 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location
Seminar Room A, Coombs Bldg #9, Fellows Road, ANU

“But How Many Actually Died ? Counting Civilian Deaths in Recent Wars”
This seminar covers two areas. The first is a 10 minute introduction to The Demography of Conflict based on the author’s new chapter for Beginning Population Studies (3rd Edition) demonstrating how changes in the nature of warfare since the end of the Cold War have altered both the demography and geography of war. The second is a 30 minute discussion of one of the most politically controversial areas in demography: the numbers of deaths of the military on the battlefield, versus direct deaths of civilians from military violence, and the ‘excess’ civilian deaths which occur as an indirect result of war. Whilst it has become a worn-out cliché to say that recent wars have produced more civilian casualties than military deaths during fighting, the actual ratio is much contested. Estimates of the percentage of ‘excess’ deaths due to indirect mortality as a proportion of all deaths due to war vary from 30% to 95% (Wise 2017). This presentation endeavours to untangle some of the mysteries involved in determining levels of ‘excess’ mortality, including why it is that francophone demographers include babies who were never born among the victims of war.

Helen Ware is Foundation Professor of Peace Studies at the University of New England. As a humanitarian and former Australian diplomat she regrets the current belief that slanting the statistics of war may be acceptable in a good cause. As a demographer trained by the late Professor Jack Caldwell at ANU, she has a special interest in the demography of peace and war on which she has written a chapter for Beginning Population Studies which is in part the basis for this seminar.

http://demography.cass.anu.edu.au/events/how-many-actually-died-counting-civilian-deaths-recent-wars

The Annual Australasian Aid Conference is on at the Crawford Building ANU until 14th February and is fully booked. For more details, including the program, see
https://devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/annual-australasian-aid-conference

Wednesday 14th at 8am is of particular interest to Africanists:

Panel 3d – Should Australian ODA re-engage in Africa?

Should Australian ODA re-engage in Africa?
Acton Theatre
Chair: Bob McMullan, ANU
Australia’s official development assistance to African countries has shrunk by 85%
since 2013-14, making it the biggest loser in the rounds of aid cuts since the Coalition
government came to power. This is despite persistently high levels of poverty on the
continent. Meanwhile, many Australians donate to development NGOs working in the
region, and Australian businesses make efforts to build ties. Australia has expertise
in key areas such as mining and agriculture that could be invaluable for African
developing countries looking to use resource wealth as a pathway out of poverty, and
while not in the current government’s area of geographic focus, the continent presents
many opportunities for partnership. In this submitted panel, speakers will discuss the
arguments for and against Australian aid moving back into Africa.
Fessehaie Abraham, ANU
Jacqui de Lacy, Abt Associates
Sally Moyle, CARE Australia