Australian aid stakeholder survey 2018

Australian aid stakeholder survey

For those who haven’t had completed it yet, the deadline for the ANU’s  Devpolicy  2018 Australian aid stakeholder survey has been extended to Monday 22 October. The survey focuses on the effectiveness of the Australian Government aid program and will provide suggestions for its improvement. The survey is open to anyone familiar with Australian aid, and will only take approximately 15 minutes. Responses are confidential. See

More information about the survey is available in the Participant Information Sheet.

If you have any outstanding questions about the survey or the procedures, you may contact Terence Wood on +61 2 6125 5693 or by email at


Examining African Mining Conferences: Clarifying the Benefits and the Costs of Omission”

African Discussion Group Discussion Series (2): “Examining African Mining Conferences: Clarifying the Benefits and the Costs of Omission”

Date: Thursday 25th October, 6pm
Venue: Fenner Seminar Room, Building 141, Fenner School of Environment and Society
Linnaeus Way. This building is at the corner of Daley Road and Linnaeus way
Speaker: Margaret O’Callaghan (Visiting Fellow at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy)

Join us for the second session of the African discussion group monthly discussion series titled,

Our presenter Margaret O’Callaghan will speak on the impact of mining in Africa and the role played by corporates, civil society, government agencies and other key actors using Zambia as a case study.
The presentation will provide an overview and analysis of conferences focused on mining in Africa, including those run by corporates, civil society, regional agencies and governments. It will highlight the resulting issues, especially those related to costs and benefits for both the continent and mining communities.

Margaret is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Formerly a teacher, community worker, researcher and writer, a major part of her career focused on international development assistance working with AusAID (1987-93) and serving as UN Population Fund Representative to PNG (1993-1998) and Zambia (1998-2005).
This second discussion series promises to be interactive and exciting for those interested in learning and contributing to discussions on mining in Africa.

Please RSVP through the link to secure your place:

There will be snacks and non-alcoholic drinks after the presentation.
Hope to see you all there!

The ANU’s Ceri Shipton named as Australia’s Leader in the Research Field of African Studies and History

The September 2018 issue of  the Research Supplement of The Australian was devoted to ‘The Stars of 2018’.

Pages 36-38 were devoted to Australia’s Australia’s Research Field Leaders and Institutions in the Humanities, Arts and Literature. Dr Ceri Shipton of the ANU was named as the Field Leader in African Studies and History, while Charles Sturt University was nominated as the Leading Institution.

Dr Shipton has worked on research projects in East Africa, Arabia, India, and Polynesia, and on periods from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Neolithic.

 He is a researcher at the School of Culture, History and Language at the ANU. In article entitled ‘Kenyan cave sheds new light on dawn of modern man’ he said that ‘the Panga ya Saidi cave sequence dates back 78,000 years and is the only known site in East Africa with an unbroken archaeological record of human habitation.’

Just one example of his African work is ‘Taphonomy and Behaviour at the Acheulean Site of Kariandusi, Kenya’, African Archaeological Review, 2011. Acheulean refers to a range of Paleolithic tool-making traditions spreading from Africa to the Middle East and Asian.


ANU African Discussion Series: Energy in Kenya

This is the first of the ANU’s African Discussion Series

Topic: Lighting the way? Understanding energy and development in Kenya

Date: Friday September 28, 2018

Speaker Dr Edwina Fingleton-Smith.

Edwina is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Prior to starting her PhD at Fenner, Edwina completed a Masters of Environmental Law and Sustainable Development at SOAS (University of London) and a Bachelor of Development Studies at the Australian National University Edwina previously held a position as a research associate with international development NGO Practical Action working on the development of market-based energy access projects and the links between women’s economic empowerment and energy access.

Venue: Fenner Seminar room 1.01, Building 141, Fenner School of Environment and Society   Map

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be served around 7pm.

Of the 1.06 billion people who don’t have access to electricity globally, nearly half reside in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 60% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity and in many rural areas that number can be as high as 95%. This makes energy access one of the most critical areas for development across the continent if it wants to meet its development targets. Over the past several years, energy access has risen as a global priority, most notably evidenced in its status as a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 7). Despite the increasing importance on energy for development we have little understanding of how to use it effectively to maximize development outcomes. Based on qualitative research conducted in Kenya, this presentation will ask if we need to reassess our assumptions about the value of energy for improving development outcomes. This includes areas such as the capacity of energy to improve productivity and economic development, the role of energy in improving women’s lives, and what theoretical models around energy use in developed countries can tell us about energy use by the billion people who don’t have access to electricity and the 2.7 billion people who still cook over traditional fuels.


Professor ‘Fumni Olonisakin to attend ACFID Conference

The ACFID NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018 will be held 30-31 October 2018 at USW, Sydney.

ACFID is the Australian Council for International Development and this year’s theme i is People, Planet Peace. For more details see

It is always a pleasant surprise when Africa gets a mention, and this year Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta , ‘Known internationally for his advocacy to defend the rights of the people of Timor-Leste’ will be joined by Professor ‘Fumni Olonisakin of King’s College London for a facilitated discussion on conflict, security and development. See

From the King’s College website

‘Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s College London. She is also founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for conflict, security and development in Africa. Prior to this, she was Programme Director of the ALC King’s College London MSc programmes on Security, Leadership and Society and MSc Leadership and Development as well as the Postgraduate Research Programme on Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development.’

‘Prior to 2013, ” ..she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict overseeing the Africa work of that Office. In this role, she facilitated the establishment of the National Commission for War Affected Children in Sierra Leone and the Child Protection Unit in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She previously held research positions in the Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College London, where she co-directed the African Security Unit; and at the Institute for Strategic Studies in the University of Pretoria, South Africa and the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos Nigeria.” ‘

‘Trained in Political Science (Bsc. Ife, Nigeria) and War Studies (PhD, King’s College London), Olonisakin has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the world of policy and practice. Her academic research and writing has contributed to strategic thinking in post-conflict contexts and in the work of regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the African Union.’

Postnatal Care in Nigeria: Does it Really Matter Where Women Live?

2018 Caldwell Fellow Seminar
Postnatal Care in Nigeria: Does it Really Matter
Where Women Live?

Speaker: Dr Dorothy Ononokpono, University of Uyo, Nigeria

Date: Thursday 20 September 2018, 12.30-1.30pm

Venue: Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62a
Research School of Population Health, 62 Mills Road, ANU

Enquiries to Ellie Paige and
Rachael Rodney Harris via

Dr Dorothy Ononokpono has a doctorate degree in
Demography and Population Studies
from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,
South Africa, and currently lectures in the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology, University of Uyo, Nigeria.

Dorothy is Caldwell Visiting Fellow and her research
interests span Reproductive Health, Gender Based
Violence,  Forced Migration, and Spatial Demography.

‘Although postnatal care is one of the major interventions recommended for the reduction
of maternal and newborn deaths worldwide, most women in Nigeria do not receive
postnatal care. Attempts to explain this situation have focused on individual-level
attributes, and the role of community characteristics has received less attention. This paper
utilized 2008 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey data to examine the influence and
moderating effects of community factors on the receipt of postnatal care. Multilevel logistic
regression analysis was performed on a sample of 17,846 women of reproductive age
nested within 886 communities. Findings indicate that women’s likelihood of receiving
postnatal care in Nigeria is a function of where they reside. There is need for region specific
policy and reforms that ensure appropriate distribution of need-based resources.’


Moral dimensions of economic life workshop, Cologne, November

Fowarded by Kirsty Wissing (ANU)

From: The Anthropology-Matters forum mailing list on behalf of Tijo Salverda
Sent: 27 August 2018 17:20
Subject: Call for abstracts: up to 2 fully funded places – Moral dimensions of economic life workshop in Cologne, November

Dear all,

Please see this CfP. We can fully fund up to two more scholars, to
complement the already existing list of speakers:

In addition to a number of scholars that have already been invited for the
Cologne event, the GSSC has made funds available for the invitation of up
to two more scholars. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.
Scholars based in African universities and research institutions are
particularly encouraged to apply and an effort will be made to support
their participation.If you are interested, please send your title, author’s
information and abstract (max. 500 words) to by 7
September. The authors of the accepted proposals will receive a
notification within 10 days and full papers (about 6.000 words) will be
expected by 22 October. We would be pleased if you could kindly share this
call widely with colleagues. We very much look forward to your proposals.’

Journal Article on ‘Women’s Movement for Gender Quotas in Nigeria and Ghana’,

Women’s Movement for Gender Quotas in Nigeria and Ghana

Ronke I. Ako-Nai, Babatunde F. Obamamoye

Publication year:

Publication type:
Journal article

Find this publication at:
Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society

Ronke I. Ako-Nai and Babatunde F. Obamamoye, ‘Women’s Movement for Gender Quotas in Nigeria and Ghana’, Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society, 6(1) 2018: 61-84.

‘The third wave of the international women’s movement expressly broadened the focus of women’s activism to incorporate the clamour for more political representation of women. Within the confines of the struggle, women in Nigeria and Ghana have initiated a movement for gender quotas that will improve their inclusion in decision-making processes. However, there is a paucity of scholarly work on the patterns and precipitating factors of the movement in the context of both states. Against this background, this article draws on interview data to examine the comparative dynamics of the women’s movement for gender quotas in Nigeria and Ghana. It specifically offers explanations of why and how women channel their struggle for political emancipation in both states.’


  • Ronke I. Ako-Nai Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Babatunde F. Obamamoye. Doctoral student at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Australia. Although currently on study leave, he is equally an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His current research interests centre on regional security, regional security cooperation and trans-border terrorist violence.

In conversation with Sisonke Msimang

In conversation with Sisonke Msimang

Tue. 4 September 2018

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School

132 Lennox Crossing

Australian National University

Acton, ACT 2601


Sisonke Msimang will be in conversation with Andrew Leigh MP on Sisonke’s new book, Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home. The vote of thanks will be given by the South African High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms Beryl Rose Sisulu.

Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, the daughter of South African freedom fighters. Always Another Country is the story of a young girl’s path to womanhood-a journey that took her from Africa to America and back again, then on to a new home in Australia. This is a coming-of-age memoir with no holds barred honesty.”

Sisonke Msimang was born and raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada before studying in the US.

This event is free. For more information and to register, go to

Africa in Transition Conference Sydney

The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific

: Governance, Society and Culture
41st AFSAAP Annual Conference
University of New South Wales, Sydney,
November 21st – 23rd 2018
Deadline for abstracts extended August 1st
Conference Convener: Dr. Anne Bartlett UNSW (Sydney)

Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS AFSAAP 2018 – Deadline for Abstracts AUGUST 1 (Extended)

NSW – 2018