A public panel discussion, ‘State fragility and how to escape it’,

A public panel discussion, ‘State fragility and how to escape it’, will be held on Friday 29 November 4:30-6pm, at Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

For more details including registration see https://devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/department-news/15492/state-fragility-and-how-escape-it?utm_source=Devpolicy&utm_campaign=eaf9a7f704-Devpolicy+News+Dec+15+2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_082b498f84-eaf9a7f704-250032321

‘About half of the world’s poor live in fragile and conflict-affected states. The governments in these countries lack the legitimacy and capacity to provide protection and deliver the jobs, public services, and opportunities their people need. The perils of state fragility are not constrained to national boundaries. It also drives mass migration, trafficking and terrorism. However, despite increasing attention by domestic and international actors, the outcomes of interventions in addressing fragility have been mixed and often counterproductive.’

By building on seven in-depth country case studies, three of which are in Africa  (Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone ) the other four being Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea) and recent developments in the field, this panel discusses dimensions of state fragility and pathways that can help to escape fragility. This event is part of an ongoing research project on state fragility at the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Panellists are:

Dr Nematullah Bizhan, Lecturer at the Development Policy Centre, ANU.

Saku Akmeemana,  Principal Specialist for Governance,  Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Dr Bilal Malaeb,  postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The panel will be chaired by Professor Stephen Howes, Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Centre, ANU


AFSAAP Conference 2019
“Africa: Diversity and Development”, 26 – 27 November 2019

University of Otago campus

Sessions in the draft program include:
Historical Perspectives, Education, Conservation and Inclusivity, African Migrants in Australia, Politics, Literacy and Language, Livelihoods and Food, Security, Health, Geopolitics, Culture, Art and Literature,
Peace and Conflict, Migration and Health, Mining, Development Issues;
Gender/Sexuality: Violence and Activism, Development, Land Politics,

Roundtable Panel: ‘Australian Mining Interests in Africa’.

Workshop: ‘Creating an online
glossary/wiki for terms that reflect African ways of knowing, being and
doing human rights’

Marcelle Dawson: “Some of my Best Friends are White’: Allies and Affinities in African Studies”
Bob Huish: “The Place of “Past Oncologies” in Global Health Today: Chronicles of Cancer in Africa”
Elizabeth Rankin: “Monumental Manipulations: Reshaping Visual Heritage in South Africa’s Public Domain”

Robyn Alders renews link with ANU

Robyn Alders renewed her link with the ANU in April, 2019

From https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robyn_Alders
‘Robyn Alders currently works as a Senior Scientific Advisor at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, is an Honorary Professor with the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University and Chair of the Kyeema Foundation. Her current research and development interests include: linkages between food and nutrition security and health security, gender equity, planetary health and science communication.’

Robyn obtained her PhD in Veterinary Immunology at ANU in 1989 before working at the University of Zambia. Her later African experience includes Mozambique and Angola.

Augustus Panton receives VC’s Award for Excellence in Tutoring


Mr Augustus Panton, PhD Candidate in Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, and Teaching Assistant, Research School of Economics, ANU College of Business and Economics, has received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education (Tutoring/Demonstrating). Before joining the ANU he worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Liberia.

‘Augustus tutors undergraduate and postgraduate economics courses. Utilising his diverse expertise from his professional experience and ongoing PhD research, Augustus applies research-led teaching and the case-based learning method, with a focus on student engagement and intellectual stimulation and creativity at the heart of the teaching process.’

For more information and an excellent photo please see https://services.anu.edu.au/files/guidance/Recognising%20Excellence%202019.pdf

See also: https://crawford.anu.edu.au/people/phd/augustus-panton



Cherry Gertzel Bursary: September deadline for applications

The Cherry Gertzel Bursary Award is an annual award to assist female post-graduate students to complete study or research in African Studies.

The information below is selected from the  AFSAAP website http://afsaap.org.au/  which should be consulted for more detail.

About Professor Cherry Gertzel AM (1928 – 2015) She spent over twenty years researching and teaching in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia before returning to Australia in 1975 where she worked at Flinders University and Curtin University. Her wish to establish this annual bursary is a generous legacy and testament to her lifelong dedication to advancing the field of African Studies. More information about Prof. Cherry Gertzel is available at cherrygertzel.net.


Women who are enrolled in an Australian or New Zealand University
who have embarked on a post-graduate degree of which the subject matter is the study of Africa and who are able to undertake travel to an African state to conduct fieldwork, research or study related purposes


One bursary of $10,000 will be awarded annually.

Funds can be used for conference attendance, purchase or hire of equipment, costs of study commitments or short-term assistance with living expenses in an African State, for the purposed of field work, research, or study.

Funds must be used within 12 months of the date of the award

Application process

Information about the Bursary and application forms will be available on the AFSAAP website http://afsaap.org.au/ and the Cherry Gertzel legacy website http://cherrygertzel.net/ by May each year. The closing date for applications will be in September each year and the selected recipient will notified, with details made available on the website, in November of each year.

Applications, including supporting documents, should be lodged by email to Dr. Karen Miller (karen.miller@curtin.edu.au) before or on the closing date. Incomplete applications, or applications received after the due date, will not be considered.

For enquiries about the award and eligibility, please contact AFSAAP President Prof. Peter Limb president@afsaap.org.au or Dr. Karen Miller karen.miller@curtin.edu.au

Putting Africa Back into the Politics of British Decolonisation

Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture 2019

This annual public lecture – in honour and memory of Professor Anthony Low AO, ANU Vice-Chancellor (1975-82) distinguished scholar and university administrator in Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom – will focus on Professor Low’s acute observation that African decolonisation owed as much (if not more) to local African agency as to the high global winds of change in the aftermath of World War II. Drawing from not merely recently released British State Papers, but the ‘lived experience’ of colonial Central Africa, this lecture will explore certain ‘dissonances’ between African social dynamics and global narratives of the demission of European power in the African colonial empires.

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Deryck M Schreuder was born and educated in Africa before taking up a Rhodes Scholarship to New College, Oxford. He has twice been an Australian Vice-Chancellor (University of Western Sydney and The University of Western Australia).

Date & time
Tuesday 03 September 2019, 5.30pm–7pm

APCD Lecture Theatre, Ground floor, Hedley Bull Building #130, corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU

More information and registration


Fighting Ebola: Achieving positive social & health outcomes in emergencies

The ANU College of Science presents an evening panel discussion on lessons learned from Ebola and other humanitarian settings to achieve positive and social health outcomes.

Dates & times: Wed 4 Sep 2019, 5.30–7pm

Speakers: Dr Kamalini Lokuge, ANU; Prof. Jennifer Leaning, Harvard University; Pete Buth, Médecins Sans Frontiéres

Venue: Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School, ANU

About this Event:

‘During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, engaging with local communities to understand their culture and needs, while implementing evidence-based programs in partnerships with local health staff, was critical to effective control.

Much has been written by the global public health community since then about the lessons learnt from this outbreak, but we are now again confronted with a seemingly intractable Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. How much have we really learnt?

Join us for an evening of insightful discussions and Q and A with experts in global health security and humanitarian action. Hear their insights from working alongside local communities and practitioners in outbreaks such as Ebola, and achieving positive social and health changes in a range of other humanitarian settings.’

Further information and registration.

Mortality in Africa and elsewhere

ANU School of Demography Seminar

Date and Time: Tuesday 2 July 2019 – 11.30am – 12.30 pm

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

Presenter: Dr Sam Clark, Ohio State University

Title: A General Mortality Model & Moving Verbal Autopsy from Research to Routine Use

This seminar will have two parts. First, presentation of a formal mortality model, and second, discussion of efforts to rapidly improve information on cause of death where there are few data describing how people die.
High quality data describing all-age mortality are not available for many low and some middle-income countries, but almost all have good estimates of child mortality. I will present a general mortality model that uses child mortality to predict mortality at all ages in one-year age groups.
The distribution of deaths by cause and cause-specific mortality rates are fundamental to understanding and improving population health. About half of global deaths are unrecorded and a larger fraction do not have a meaningful cause assigned. I will discuss efforts to transform verbal autopsy from a bespoke research tool into a reliable method to assign cause of death in routine mortality surveillance at national scale in countries without well-functioning vital statistics systems.

Bio note
Sam Clark is a formal demographer who works on the demography and epidemiology of Africa and developing new methods for population sciences. Right now he is working on:
• Improving the ‘verbal autopsy’ method used to quantify the burden of disease for populations without full coverage vital statistics systems – work with colleagues at The Ohio State University, the University of Washington, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the CDC, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the WHO, and the ‘Data for Health’ Initiative
• Mapping child mortality at the subnational level through time using household survey data in countries without full coverage vital statistics systems – work with colleagues at the University of Washington and UNICEF
• Developing new population indicator measurement strategies and statistical methods to implement them – work with colleagues at the University of Washington
Fertility and Mortality: variety of projects investigating levels and trends in fertility and mortality, mostly in Africa, and sometimes building models of age schedules of fertility and mortality that can be used widely as inputs to other analyses.

Gareth Evans on “The Responsibility to Protect in Africa”

On May 24, The Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry partnered with The Humanities Research Centre to host ANU Chancellor and former Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Gareth Evans, for the 2019 Africa Week lecture, on the topic “The Responsibility to Protect in Africa.”

Further details and photos are available on the Freilich Project website, and the full transcript of this lecture is available from Prof. Evan’s personal website.