Australian Awards for Africa

Please note that the closing dates for 2018-2019 have past. For information only . Keep in view for 2019-2020.

Africa Australian Award Scholarships for Africa for 2018-2019: information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

For Africa the following countries are included

Participating countries for 2019 entrance

Scholarships and Short Course Awards
 Botswana
 Ghana
 Kenya

 Madagascar
 Malawi
 Mauritius
 Mozambique
 Nigeria
 South Africa
 Tanzania
 Zambia

Short Course Awards Only
 Cameroon
 Cote d’Ivoire
 Ethiopia
 Namibia
 Rwanda
 Senegal
 Seychelles
 Somalia
 South Sudan
 Uganda
 Zimba

Africa at the Australian Population Association conference

Australian Population Association conference program will be held in Darwin from July 18-20. See

The draft program includes four African presentations:

‘The Transition of polygamy in Benin: explanatory factors and sources of changes in time.’
Robert Djogbenou

‘Sexual behaviour typologies in the context of the HIV epidemic: socio-demographic determinants in rural South Africa, 2010-2011.’
Brian Houle, Shao-Tzu Yu, Nicole Angotti, Enid Schatz, Chodziwadziwa Kabudula, Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Jane Menken & Sanyu Mojola

‘A mother’s death and child survival: a comparative analysis of two demographic surveillance sites in rural South Africa.’
Brian Houle, Chodziwadziwa Kabudula, Kobus Herbst & Samuel Clark

‘African-born people in Australia: what the 2016 Census tells us.’
Ingrid Tejada & Lev Makaev

South Sudanese and Sudanese church leaders consult on peace in Canberra

On Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 May 2018, a group of 26 Sudanese and South Sudanese church leaders from across Australia came together in a National Consultation at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, under the auspices of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

The two day consultation culminated in the finalisation of a key Unity Statement for Peace which was delivered to the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa the following day, Thursday 17 May.

Download the attached Statement

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Ecosystem Conservation in the Shire River Basin, Malawi

‘Evaluating the Design and Effectiveness of Incentive-based Ecosystem Conservation in the Shire River Basin, Malawi and Its Impact on Community Livelihood’
Eddah Lijoni


Environmental degradation continues to cause impacts on the economic and social aspects of development through the disruption of ecological system functions. Degradation from deforestation and extension of agricultural practices for instance leaves land vulnerable to erosion and saturation of chemicals among other things. Degradation of the Shire River basin in Malawi has caused the deterioration of the river hence affecting its capability to generate electricity. Sedimentation, flooding and eutrophication are some of the impacts on the river. Malawi has high rates of population growth and poverty. This, coupled with high dependence on subsistence farming and the extensive use of firewood and charcoal as sources of energy, puts pressure on natural resource use and the Shire River basin has not been spared. Through various institutional arrangements, policies on environmental management that are mainly command and control have been developed and implemented with little success as the rate of degradation continues to rise. Incentive-based policy instruments have rarely been used in Malawi with just a few running and some proposed forestry and soil conservation projects. The Shire River Basin Management (SRBM) Project is currently operating to address the degradation of the river using the Community Environmental Conservation Fund (CECF). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the (SRBM) Projects outcomes and effectiveness in conserving the Shire River and understand the local communities’ response to this kind of conservation as well as how their participation or not has affected their livelihood status. The study also aims to reveal how the elements of incentive-based policy instruments have been included in forestry legislation and policies to offer guidance for best practice and ensuring effective conservation outcomes. The study is expected to produce results that show how the CECF has been designed and how it has achieved its conservation outcomes and local communities’ livelihood improvement.

Trade with Africa: Public Hearing Program

Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa
Friday 11 May 2018
Committee Room 2S1
Parliament House, Canberra

The Program is now available:

Click on the link below and then the Program PDF icon.

PROGRAM SUMMARY 9am Windlab, 9.30 Mr Fassehaie Abraham, 11am Heads of Mission Africa Group, 1.30 World Vision, 2.15 Woodside, 3pm DFAT; Austrade



National Consultation of South Sudanese and Sudanese Church Leaders

National Consultation of South Sudanese and Sudanese Church Leaders
Co-hosted by the National Council of Churches in Australia
and the Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture Canberra

Dates: Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 May 2018, 10.00am to 4.00pm

The Chambers Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT.

Purpose: After listening to the community in January, as requested, we are gathering a small group of leaders  including from nominations by NCCA Heads of Churches for our meeting, which is just before Africa Week.

For more information contact
ACC&C Canberra phone number: 02 6272 6201

Trade with Africa: Public Hearing

A Senate committee is currently inquiring into Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa.

The committee will hold a hearing in Canberra at Parliament House on 11 May. When it is ready, the program will be available on the committee website:

Submissions can be found at:

ANUASA Submission to Crawford Review

Below are selected parts of the submission of the ANU African Student Association (ANUASA) to the 2017 Review of the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. More on the report of the review panel later.

Augustus Panton, a PhD Candidate |in Economics at the Crawford School, met with the review panel who congratulated ANUASA for its submission.

“As Australia positions itself as a key partner of Africa, the role of the Australian National
University cannot be overemphasized. As Australia’s National University and a top global
research institution, the lack of an established and coordinated research forum on Africa.

“ANU is a noticeable concern, particularly considering Australia’s strong economic partnership with Africa. Amongst several other functions, the proposed institute can champion the coordination of scholarly research on Africa, bringing together scholarly evidence aimed at informing public policy. This will greatly benefit Australian policymakers and private sector and their African counterparts in promoting trade and investment and sustainable development in Africa.

The proposed institute could also be instrumental in organizing scholarly events centered on African policy issues, greatly enriching the learning experience of African Students and others with interest in Africa.  Below are some student contributions.

The strength of the Crawford brand with external stakeholders
Currently, no Australian university has an African Studies Institute. The prospect of having
an African Studies Institute could bring together African studies and scholars, in Australian
foreign policy in Africa, provide many gains for both Africa and Australia, and aid policy decision making.

ANU is the leading university in Australia and part of the top 20 universities in the world,
therefore developing the institute of African studies will make ANU forward looking, as ANU
will be in a position to make positive influence not only to the Asia-pacific but Africa.

Impact on public policy
Governance, conflicts and lack of accountability are among issues hindering development in Africa, and having studies as well as research in these areas can assist in identifying policies and structures required for solving these issues.

The impact of our social media activities and areas for development
It is almost impossible to publish anything in the development policy blog. Having an Afric an Institute situated at the Crawford school could improve the visibility of the numerous work done by Crawford researchers and multidisciplinary research done on Africa”



From the Secretary of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)

Africa in Transition: Governance, Society and Culture
Call for Papers
The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) cal ls for proposals for preorganized panels, roundtables, thematic conversations and individual papers for its 41st annual meeting to be held at UNSW, Sydney from November 21st to November 23rd 2018.

AFSAAP invites ‘papers that engage with, but are not limited to, the theme: Africa in Transition:Governance, Society and Culture. As always, we bring together scholars working in different disciplines. We invite participants to contribute theoretically innovative and empirically grounded papers, panels and presentations that enhance our understanding of these issues. Though the central focus will be on this broader theme, we also welcome contributions on other topics that consider Africa, or Africa/Australia/Pacific relations and Africans in the region.’

‘Abstracts of proposed papers, panels and roundtables should be sent by July 1st, 2018 to Dr. Anne Bartlett, International Studies, Morven Brown 230, UNSW, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia. Email:
A preliminary program will be announced by August 1st, 2018. Late
proposals for papers will be considered only if space is available. All proposals will be peer reviewed by the program committee. Registration and conference fees must be paid before presenters will beplaced in the formal conference program.’
Please check the AFSAAP website for more details:




14th FEBRUARY 2018

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

Sally Moyle, CARE Australia

Fessehaie Abraham, Crawford School ANU
» view presentation  ( This can also be seen as an Appendix to his submission to the Senate Inquiry )

Bob McMullen of the Crawford School presented the introduction to the session, asking whether the 21st would be the African Century ? He said that If the aim of aid is to alleviate poverty, then aid has to go where poverty is, that is Africa. Australia stresses the importance of giving aid to ‘our region’. But how then does Mongolia qualify as being in ‘our region’ ?

There were a number of points that secured widespread agreement in the general discussion which followed: (1) Australia should only increase aid to Africa IF the overall size of the aid budget increases. (2) There are already too many European aid donors to Africa resulting in piecemeal aid. (3) Australia should only give aid in sectors where we have special expertise such as mining regulation and some areas of agriculture where ACIAR should lead the way. (4) Scholarships to Africa are a good form of aid and build expertise and important people-to people links.

The only people who spoke in favour of giving a larger share of the existing Australian aid pie to Africa were the Africans who commented, and  Professor Helen Ware who favoured reducing aid to the Pacific, which receives the highest per capita aid by several multiples, and of diverting the savings to assisting to reduce the harmful impacts of mining and to increasing agricultural outputs in dry land areas where Australia has specialised expertise in low technology improvements.