“Development: towards 21st century approaches

2017 MITCHELL ORATION: “Development: towards 21st century approaches”.


Monday 04 December 2017 5.30PM–6.30PM

Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

There will be a short reception following the lecture


Dr Okonjo-Iweala is a development economist has served as Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, since January 2016. She has twice served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister, most recently between 2011 and 2015. In 2006 she served as Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, and has also held several key positions at the World Bank, including as Managing Director.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will draw on more than 30 years of development and financial expertise to reflect on the need for a new way forward.
“Are our current approaches to development cooperation fit for purpose to address contemporary challenges? How should development practice evolve to reflect 21st century priorities and knowledge? And how can it bridge the traditional donor-recipient divide? Can aid donors and recipients meaningfully engage with the private sector, private philanthropy, and other new sources of financing?


The Mitchell Oration series, of which this is the fifth, has been created to provide a forum at which the most pressing development issues can be addressed by the best minds and most influential practitioners of our time.

This lecture is presented by the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, with generous support from the Harold Mitchell Foundation.


See https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/11486/2017-mitchell-oration-development-towards-21st-century-approaches

Enquiries to Shannon Young

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ANU’s ‘underground astronaut’ finds ancient bones in South Africa



Four years ago, Dr Elen Feuerriegel was in her first year of a PhD studying human anatomy under the ANU’s Professor Colin Groves, a world renowned paleoanthropologist at The Australian National University.

Trawling the internet she saw an ad. from Professor Berger, a US-born palaeoanthropologist based at the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa.
It asked for three or four people for a short-term project, but they had to be skinny, preferably small, fit, have some caving experience, a good attitude and be a team player. They could not be claustrophobic.

After an interview on Skype Professor Berger concluded that Elen was a wonderful scientist. “She was doing her PhD in Australia, she had the right measure of risk taking versus safety, knowledge, and she had a great understanding of hominin morphology.”

Also “at only 160 centimetres tall, she was also the right size to squeeze through the tightest of the cracks in the cave.”

Two years later, Professor Berger held a press conference to announce that the team had discovered a new species of ancient human in the caves — Homo naledi, naledi being a star in the Sotho language.

After completing her PhD, which included her research on Homo naledi, Elen moved to University of Washington in Seattle.