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.

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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: