The 2019 Australasian Aid Conference and Africa

As stated in the post dated 8 December 2018, the ANU’s Development Policy Centre announced that, ‘Now in its sixth year, the Australasian Aid Conference will once again bring together
researchers and development practitioners from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia,
and beyond.’


“Beyond” includes Africa which is normally lucky to get as much attention as Vanuatu. However, this year the program includes several mentions of Africa and Africanists, as follows:

Day One February 19th, 2019, 9.40-10.30am
Keynote address – The future of Africa
Molonglo Theatre [Overflow: Weston Theatre] Dr Donald Kaberuka, Former President, African Development Bank and Rwanda’s Minister of Finance’


‘Transdisciplinary research for food and nutrition security: experiences from work in Africa and Southeast Asia’, Federico Davila, Research Principal – Food Systems, University of Technology Sydney

‘Public-private partnerships – working at the coal face with African governments to truly break the cycle of poverty’, Cassandra Treadwell, CEO and Founder, So They Can

Jane Kennedy, Associate Director – Asia and Africa, UnitingWorld

Aime Saba, Information Management Office – Food Security Cluster, World Food Programme

Robyn Alders, Senior Scientific Advisor, Centre for Global Health Security

Transforming small-scale irrigation in Zimbabwe

Dr André F van Rooyen
‘André is Principal Scientist specializing in integrated agricultural systems in the research program on Innovation Systems for Drylands, at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He uses the characteristics of complex adaptive systems to analyse system functionality and explore opportunities to improve and develop more diverse and integrated agricultural systems.’

Frank Fenner Seminar Room
Frank Fenner Building 141
Linnaeus Way, Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 6200

Dates & times

11am–12pm Wednesday 30 Jan 2019


Peter Ramshaw

For More Information see

‘There are several parking options nearby the venue, please allow at least 20 minutes to find a park and walk to the building. Parking information can be found on the ANU website.’

Bus Route

Routes 3 and 7 (weekdays) and route 934 (weekends), travel through the middle of the ANU campus.