Welcome

5th ACFID University Network Conference

4-5th June 2015

 Monash University, Caulfield Campus

As the UNDP noted at the end of 2013, ‘The world is more unequal today than at any point since World War II’. Inequality is also discussed as so severe, that the 85 richest people in the world own the same as half of the world’s populations – 3.5 billion people. Inequality is not confined to income or material inequality, but extends to intersecting forms of discrimination and interrelated issues of access to vital resources including health, education, and justice.

Such issues are forcing actors from NGOs, academia, multilaterals and donors to rethink their role and purpose, while continuing to grapple with absolute poverty. As the development community continue to respond to the evolving face of poverty and inequality, questions around the increasing importance of evidence in this response have never been more important.

“[P]overty is increasingly understood as a multi-dimensional state of identity, characterized by shame and anxiety as much as by low income… the debate on inequality is still largely carried on in terms of income and (at a stretch), assets and access to services. Multidimensional inequality is an essential next step… it is therefore important that political scientists and others abandon any lofty ‘it’s all too complex, and measurement is futile’ attitudes, and start helping the results people move from a self-defeating insistence on attribution to a ‘plausible/good enough’ narrative of change.”

-Oxfam GB Strategic Advisor Duncan Green

Pragati Bajracharya, WaterAid, Women from Manuquibia (Timor-Leste) conduct a transect walk to gather infor- mation about their community as part of research undertaken by International Women’s Development Agency and WaterAid.
Pragati Bajracharya, WaterAid, Women from Manuquibia (Timor-Leste) conduct a transect walk to gather information about their community as part of research undertaken by International Women’s Development Agency and WaterAid.

The 5th ACFID University Network Conference will provide a unique opportunity to bring together researchers and practitioners to surface emerging evidence around inequality and discuss what this means for development policy and practice.

When: 4-5 June 2015

Where: Monash University, Caulfield Campus

ACFID University Network Conferences have become anticipated events in the Australian development community drawing from participants across Australia, the Pacific and Asia who are working on aid and international development. The purpose of the conference is to share insights and promote collaboration and partnerships among NGOs and Universities within the development community.

The conference is being hosted by Monash University in collaboration with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) on behalf of the wider ACFID University Network.

Who should participate?

This two day event will bring together international and regional speakers, practitioners, researchers working on aid and development. The conference is interdisciplinary in nature to promote collaboration and share insights across sectors.

The conference will be designed to enable strong participation and engagement from delegates through a mix of presentations, facilitation discussions and workshops.