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Advocacy and Health

5/26/2019
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Advocacy has the capacity to have an impact on a massive scale and in the field of health it can save millions of lives. We speak with Amelia Christie, CEO of RESULTS, an advocacy organisation about the power of a grassroots approach and dealing with everyone from volunteers to politicians. We also delve into foreign aid and the growing focus on the Pacific and Amelia teaches a thing or two about tuberculosis and its growing prevalence in our closest neighbour Papua New Guinea. Amelia...

Duration:00:29:49

Cambodia to Cabramatta: A refugee journey

4/14/2019
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Understanding the drivers behind development issues is imperative to organisations engaging in the field of work. In this episode we speak with Veronica Nou, a migrant entrepreneur and refugee advocate who came to Australia after her family fled the Cambodian Genocide and following Vietnamese occupation. Veronica shares her experiences fleeing the country and arriving in Australia, living in abject poverty through her childhood and becoming a business owner. Now in her spare time Veronica...

Duration:00:33:42

Urbanisation: Building better cities

3/10/2019
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Urbanisation refers to the population shift from rural to urban areas, the gradual increase in the proportion of people living in urban areas and the ways in which society adapts to this change. We speak with Dr Paul Jones who has over 30 years of professional experience working in urban development in places like Kiribati in the Pacific to Bandung in Indonesia. Paul delves into our understanding of the contemporary city, how our education system can adapt to teach the minds of tomorrow and...

Duration:00:31:11

Faith in Aid with Tim Costello

1/20/2019
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The values of giving are deeply rooted in the texts, traditions and practices of many faiths, and many of the world’s biggest aid organisations are faith-based. In this episodes we look at how faith-based aid differs from secular aid, and how much those differences matter. Australia is becoming more and more secular, but the majority of the country’s biggest charities are faith-based. We ask what happens when faith conflicts with what is best for poor or developing communities and we’ll...

Duration:00:27:41

Kicking goals in the Pacific

12/16/2018
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‘Sport and development’ refers to the use of sport as a tool for development and peace. It is now being increasingly used throughout the Pacific as a method to drive outcomes in areas such as health, social cohesion, gender equality and disability inclusion. We speak with Aaron Kearney, ABC journalist, broadcaster and member of the International Development team about the programs he has worked on throughout the Pacific and how they are delivering social change. Aaron Kearney is a...

Duration:00:31:43

Climate change, disasters and women

11/25/2018
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Gender inequality becomes lethal in natural disasters where women die in far greater numbers than men. Patriarchal systems often leave women responsible for children and elderly people in a disaster and exclude women from accessing information that could save their lives. We speak to Melissa Bungcaras, Gender and Resilience Advisor for ActionAid Australia, about how and why women should take a leading role in disaster preparedness planning and how aid agencies and governments both have a...

Duration:00:29:06

Promo - Climate change, disaster and women

11/11/2018
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Releasing 26 November, this episode invites Melissa Bungcaras, the Gender and Resilience Manager for ActionAid Australia, to explore how patriarchal systems often leave women responsible for children and elderly people in a disaster and exclude women from accessing information that could save their lives. With the hosts, Melissa explores how and why women should take a leading role in disaster preparedness planning. Make sure you've subscribed to Conversations in Development to catch all...

Duration:00:00:56

Investing in social justice: Guy Winship

10/21/2018
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This episode is a departure from the Conversations in Development schedule to discuss the life of Guy Winship, a man who dedicated his life to the development sector. Guy Winship was the founder and CEO of Good Return, an organisation that provides microfinance across the Asia-Pacific region. Good Return delivers programs to those who are financially and socially excluded, empowering through financial inclusion. Guy is a development expert who has worked in Africa, Asia and the Pacific for...

Duration:00:25:54

Volunteer tourism: At what cost?

9/26/2018
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Volunteer tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry that is increasingly run by for-profit organisations sending millions of volunteers to poor communities around the world. The industry is rarely researched and empirical data is scarce, so what are we missing? We speak with Stephen Wearing about how the industry is changing, how it could be regulated and how the media plays a role in popular perceptions of volunteer tourists. Stephen Wearing is a conjoint professor at the University of...

Duration:00:30:23

Promo - Volunteer tourism: At what cost?

9/24/2018
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Releasing 27 September, this episode invites Stephen Wearing, an academic and expert in the field, to explore the multi-billion dollar industry of volunteer tourism. With the hosts, Stephen explores what the industry is missing, how it is changing and how it could be regulated. Make sure you've subscribed to Conversations in Development to catch all our open and honest conversations with industry experts about issues in foreign aid and the development sector.

Duration:00:01:04

Microfinance: Building economies, improving lives

8/12/2018
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Microfinance is a market-driven approach to development, alleviating poverty through the creation of local economies and sustainable livelihoods. But it’s also associated with negative perceptions such as profiting off poverty and creating cycles of debt. We spoke with Mahir Momand, a microfinance expert who pioneered the field in Afghanistan, about how his work reduced poverty, addressed gender inequality and ultimately threatened the basis of the Taliban insurgency. Mahir Momand is a...

Duration:00:30:38

Promo - Microfinance: Building economies, improving lives

7/29/2018
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Releasing 13 August, this episode invites Mahir Momand, CEO of Thrive Refugee Enterprise, to teach us about a market-driven approach to development - microfinance. He explores both the positive and negative approaches and tells us how he reduced poverty, addressed gender inequality and ultimately threatened the basis of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Make sure you've subscribed to Conversations in Development to catch all our open and honest conversations with industry experts about...

Duration:00:01:03

Child labour: Part of a bigger problem?

6/25/2018
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168 million children are in child labour around the world, with almost half engaged in hazardous work. The forces driving child labour are complex and wide-ranging, from criminal intent, to economic necessity, to cultural norms. So how realistic is SDG Target 8.7 that aims to end child labour in all its forms by 2025? We speak with international lawyer Brynn O’Brien about the difficulties involved with regulating child labour and how it fits into structural problems in the global economic...

Duration:00:32:01

Promo - Child Labour: Part of a bigger problem?

6/17/2018
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Releasing 26 June, this episode invites Brynn O'Brien, Executive Director at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, to dive into the complex world of child labour. She explores the link between big business and exploitation, consumer behaviour and the possibility of eliminating child labour by 2025. Make sure you've subscribed to Conversations in Development to catch all our open and honest conversations with industry experts about issues in foreign aid and the development...

Duration:00:00:58

What is the role of aid in conflict?

5/28/2018
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Aid flows in when conflict erupts but could aid play a bigger role before conflict turns violent? We speak with Aimé Saba from the University of Sydney’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies about how aid operates in war zones, why the example of Africa offers a case for increasing aid and whether conflict is necessary. Aimé Saba has worked in the field of international development, humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding and peacekeeping for over 10 years. He recently returned to Sydney...

Duration:00:29:54

Promo - What is the role of aid in conflict?

5/24/2018
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Releasing 25 May, this episode sees guest Aime Saba discuss the relationship between aid and conflict, drawing from examples in Myanmar, Syria and multiple countries in Africa. He uses his experience working for DFAT and the UN to investigate and discusses what an aid response to stop conflicts escalating to violence would look like. Can aid prevent conflict escalating? How prepared are we for the conflicts climate change may bring? Make sure you've subscribed to Conversations in...

Duration:00:00:56

Blurring the line between good intentions and good business

4/29/2018
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Government aid programs are increasingly associated with business interests, blurring the line between philanthropy and financial gain. How does this impact developing countries - both in the short and long term? We speak with journalist Antony Loewenstein who has spent years documenting what he calls ‘disaster capitalism’ in Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Haiti. Antony Loewenstein is an independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian and blogger. Antony’s best-selling books...

Duration:00:29:54

Introducing Conversations in Development

4/17/2018
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Coming April 30, our first episode features journalist, author and documentarian, Antony Loewenstein, in conversation about how aid fails and the murky world where politics and aid meets business. Make sure you've subscribed to Conversations in Development to catch all our open and honest conversations with industry experts about issues in foreign aid and the development sector.

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