Diane Johnstone

 Congratulations to Di Johnstone of Deakin, ACT, who became AM (Member in the General Division) in the Australia Day Honours, ‘For significant service to international relations through support for creative arts in South Africa, and to the community in Canberra.’


 Di and  another former Australian diplomat to South Africa, Bruce Haigh, were founding donors to Ifa Lethu, a South African foundation.  The original aim of the Foundation was to repatriate South African struggle era art and heritage back into South Africa.


38th AFSAAP Conference – Deakin University 2015

38th AFSAAP Conference
Deakin University, Melbourne CBD
28 – 30 October 2015

See http://afsaap.org.au/conference/conference-20

‘The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific welcomes to its 2015 conference, papers from academics, researchers, students, practitioners and policy makers with interests in African studies, both on the African continent and in the Australasia and Pacific region. Papers from all disciplines discussing African issues in a broad range of topics, such as culture, physical, social and economic development, environment, politics, geography, ecology, demography, health, education, migration, media, aid, climate change, natural and human-induced disasters, civil society and gender are welcomed.’

More details coming soon.

2015 Australasian Aid conference

The 2015 Australasian Aid Conference, hosted by the Development Policy Centre, Crawford School, ANU, and the Asia Foundation, will be held on 12th and 13th February. Click here to see registration.

The full program is now available [pdf]. The last session on Friday afternoon includes one presentation with African content: ‘Effective strategies for transformation: a review on the utilisation of a strength’s based approach in Malawi and Tanzania’, by Annabel Dulhunty and Lisa McMurray of Caritas Australia.

 Also relevant is ‘ “50 pounds and a bicycle”: the role of NGOs in the Australian official aid program’ by Patrick Kilby, ANU.