Global Development Month

The UNSW Global Development Month is a jam-packed calendar of events supported by UNSW’s Institute for Global Development. Focussed on exploring development discourse, redefining good practice guidelines and debating current critical development challenges the program aims to identify how to have impact for development in Australia and abroad. Events will bring together leading international and domestic researchers and practitioners, UNSW staff, students and alumni through a series of interactive events and workshops.

The Global Development Month is driven by individuals from across UNSW and the broader Development community. Join us at one of the many free events – details below!

Week 1

3rd October: Design Thinking for Social Impact

Hosted by UNSW ENACTUS for students from Republic Polytechnic Singapore Social Entrepreneurship. This workshop will develop your knowledge on how to use design tools for Systems Analysis, Opportunity Identification, Empathy, Experience Mapping and Theory of Change. 

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4th October: Student Experiences in the Global South – All welcome

Facilitated by Dr. Tanya Jakimow (UNSW Arts and Social Sciences), and drawing from the diverse international experience of Dr. Nichole Georgeou (Western Sydney University), Prof. Susanne Schech (Flinders University), and Dr. Paul Hodge (University of Newcastle), this event will assist the UNSW community to maximise impact for projects involving students embarking on overseas trips.

Students and staff who have participated in a study trip to the Global South are encouraged to submit papers and develop short presentations about their trip, reflecting on their experience for both yourself and the host community, and considering the legacy you have left.

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5th October: Meridian 180 Distrust: New thinking for our times

Where has all the trust gone? What can be done to arrest the decline of trust in institutions, expert advisors and traditional sources of information? To celebrate the launch of Meridian 180 at UNSW Sydney, join us for a day of candid conversation on the wildly uneven distribution of trust and distrust in contemporary societies and what to do about it. Register now for the whole program or selected sessions. Seats are limited.

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Week 2 - UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Global Development Week “License to Drill: Resources, Sustainability and Development”

8th October: Impact of Mining in Southern Africa – All welcome

Join us for a facilitated panel session with A/Professor Beth Goldblatt from the Faculty of Law at UTS, Lucy Manne, Head of Policy and Campaigns – ActionAid and, via video-conference, Thom Pierce, international artist, as we explore the impact of mining in Southern Africa. This event will be chaired by Professor Anthony Zwi, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Following the panel discussion attendees are welcome to stay for the launch for “Postcards from Xolobeni” an exhibition featuring photographs by Thom Pierce.

Organised as part of 'Global Development Week: License to Drill - Resources, Sustainability and Development' by the Globalisation & Governance Research Network, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Institute, Jubilee Australia, ActionAid and UNSW Institute for Global Development.

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Throughout October: Photo Exhibition “Postcards from Xolobeni” – All welcome

“Postcards from Xolobeni” an exhibition by Thom Pierce exploring the impact of mining in South Africa will be on display at the UNSW Kensington Campus. These poignant pieces will be exhibited throughout October.

Organised as part of 'Global Development Week: License to Drill - Resources, Sustainability and Development' by the Globalisation & Governance Research Network, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Institute, Jubilee Australia, ActionAid and UNSW Institute for Global Development.

9th October: Curated Film Screening: "Bougainville: Long Han Blong Yumi" (Bougainville: Its in our Hands) followed by Q&A panel with Dr Luke Fletcher, Executive Director Jubilee Australia – All welcome

Settle in for an exclusive film screening of ‘Bougainville: Long Han Blum Yumi’. This critical film explores the impact that mining has on local communities in Bougainville. The film screening will be followed by refreshments and a Q&A Panel with Dr Luke Fletcher, Executive Director – Jubilee Australia and Dr Ruth Saovana-Spriggs from the Bougainville People’s Research Centre. The Q&A session will be facilitated by Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney.

Organised as part of 'Global Development Week: License to Drill - Resources, Sustainability and Development' by the Globalisation & Governance Research Network, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Institute, Jubilee Australia, ActionAid and UNSW Institute for Global Development.

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10th October: Graduate Seminar – Invitation Only

Professor Matthew G. Allen will deliver a hands on, expert workshop exploring the social and environmental issues related to the extractive sector. Refine your skills, ask detailed questions and network with other honours and postgraduate students studying in this field. Places are limited, RSVPs essential. 

Organised as part of 'Global Development Week: License to Drill - Resources, Sustainability and Development' by the Globalisation & Governance Research Network, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Institute, Jubilee Australia, ActionAid and UNSW Institute for Global Development.

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10th October: Climate change in the Pacific and the Anglican Church: New Alliances between Citizen Science and Theology - All welcome

Dr Adam Bobbette's project aims to establish the first comprehensive and on-going environmental monitoring system within the Solomon Islands by working with churches. Churches in the Solomon Islands are an ideal parther because they are widespread and have existing communication networks between them. The monitoring system will be based on citizen science, whereby non-expert observation contributes to an environmental database across the Solomon Islands. 

Come and welcome Adam to UNSW by hearing a presentation of his work, followed by light refreshments. RSVPs essential.

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10th October: Politics in the Pub – All welcome

Bring a friend or colleague and let us shout the first round while you contemplate the big questions. Focussing on key global challenges, this evening will guide you in challenging conventional development thought and encourage collaboration across like-minded peers. RSVPs essential. 

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11th October: Social and Environmental Impact of Extractives Industries – All welcome

Join us for a panel session exploring the Social and Environmental Impact of Extractives Industries with Lucy Manne (ActionAid), Alanna Sincovich (Telethon Kids) and Dr Paul Munro and Dr Srinjoy Bose, both from UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. With expertise across health implications of extractive industries, social impacts of mining in Central America and Afghanistan, this panel will adopt unique perspectives in considering resources and development studies. Panel chaired by Dr Pichamon Yeophantong, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra.

Organised as part of 'Global Development Week: License to Drill - Resources, Sustainability and Development' by the Globalisation & Governance Research Network, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Institute, Jubilee Australia, ActionAid and UNSW Institute for Global Development.

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11th October: Keynote Debate - Extractive Industries: Social and Environmental Justice – All welcome

Professor Matthew G. Allen (USP), Chris Dodd (PwC), Adrian Bell (PanAust Limited) and Dr Ruth Saovana-Spriggs (Bougainville People’s Research Centre) will close out the Global Development Week program with a keynote panel as we consider the implications of extractive industries on the social and environmental justice of surrounding communities. Together with their expertise, this facilitated discussion will grapple with balancing economic development, environmental issues and social impact. The panel will be Chaired by A/Professor Justine Nolan, Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney.

The panel discussion will be followed by a formal reception celebrating the conversations over the week. RSVPs essential. 

Organised as part of 'Global Development Week: License to Drill - Resources, Sustainability and Development' by the Globalisation & Governance Research Network, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Institute, Jubilee Australia, ActionAid and UNSW Institute for Global Development.

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Week 3

14th - 18th October: International Riversymposium

The International Riversymposium provides a platform for river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, NGOs and community organisations to share knowledge and innovative ideas on all aspects of river and water management. Register now.

17th October: Staff and Student Consultation on the Grand Challenge of Rapid Urbanisation 

Please join Lead of the Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation, Professor David Sanderson, as he outlines his vision for the challenge, and seeks input from staff and students on its formation.

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17th October: UNSW Town and Gown – Invitation Only

An exclusive night of nights hosted by UNSW Philanthropy. 2018’s theme is Social Impact. Invitation only.

18th October: Good Practice PhDs: Ethical Interaction and Best Practice Research - PhD students only

Explore writing for Development Journals in this specialised, full day workshop for PhD students with Professor Anthony Zwi (UNSW). Learn tricks and tips for getting your abstract accepted while networking with colleagues in your field. Lunch provided. Places are limited, RSVPs essential. 

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18th October: Martin Luther King Bust Unveiling – Invitation Only

This exclusive event will celebrate the impact of one of history’s pioneering humanitarians, Martin Luther King. The event will include the unveiling followed by a cocktail reception. 

19th – 21st October: Resource Hack: Circular Economy – UNSW Staff, Students and Alumni (within 5 years of graduation) 

Students from UNSW Sydney and Arizona State University (ASU) are invited to take part in the PLuS Alliance Circular Economy ResourCE Hack, where they will challenge the ‘take-make-dispose’ model of production that is contributing to today’s global waste crisis. 

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Week 4

22-23rd October: Exhibition: Our Pacific Island Neighbours and Us

This is an exhibition of how different parts of UNSW are working in Pacific Island countries to support the development challenges such as climate change, poverty, rapid urbanisation, and increasing demand for basic infrastructure including adequate housing.

UNSW students and staff are encouraged to display their work on posters, albums of photographic and other graphics work, and models.

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24th October: Sexual Health and Development in the South Pacific – 12pm - 1pm, Samuels 305 - All welcome

How did we get to where we are today in terms of sexual health and development in the South Pacific?  Does the 21st century global ordering of sexual health and sexualities in the Pacific reinforce a colonial model of administration of health and sexuality? Join IGD Academic Co-Lead for the Pacific, Professor Heather Worth, as she explores the administration of sexuality, increasing research interest and growing awareness of sexual health in the South Pacific for this lunchtime seminar. 

24th October: UNSW Africa Roundtable – All welcome

Are you currently researching in Africa or are keen to hear more about those who are? Join the IGD Academic Co-Leads for Africa, Professor Prem Ramburuth (UNSW Business) and Dr. Alec Thornton (UNSW Canberra) at the UNSW Africa Roundtable. Refreshments provided, RSVPs essential.

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25th October: UNSW 2018 Indigenous Awards Night

Hosted by the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, celebrate the successes and achievements of UNSWs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the sixth annual UNSW Indigenous Awards Night. Together, with faculties, corporate partners, families and friends, you will join in acknowledging the outstanding work of students and of the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit. 

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25th October: Partnering for education equality: UNSW’s Matraville partnership and beyond 

This program looks to find solutions to the big issues. How can theory and practice be better integrated in teacher education? And how can schools best address increasing student diversity and deeply-entrenched issues of educational equity? Professor Chris Davison, Head of UNSW's School of Education will describe some of the initiatives and the outcomes of the partnership thus far. 

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26th October: UNSW Pacific Roundtable – All welcome

Are you currently researching in the Pacific or are keen to hear more about those who are? Join the IGD Academic Co-Lead for the Pacific, Professor Heather Worth (UNSW) at the UNSW Pacific Roundtable. Refreshments provided, RSVPs essential.

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26th October: Development Studies in Australia today: reflections, challenges and opportunities – All welcome

Development Studies is also a distinct field of study and research, with arguably an overarching goal of critical reflection and engagement with development practice as a means to improve outcomes. Join us for this plenary session exploring the challenges and opportunities of Development Studies in Australia.

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Week 5

29th October: Women's Economic Empowerment Forum – All welcome

Join us for this roundtable event on Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Asia-Pacific focussing on four themes: international and state policies for women’s empowerment, new and old ways for women to generate income, patriarchal norms and gender relations, and gendered violence at work. Refreshments provided, RSVPs essential.

 

This event features as part of the Universities Social Responsibility Network 'Social Responsibility Month'. 

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29th October: ACFID Pre-Conference Networking Drinks – All welcome - The Whitehouse, UNSW Sydney

Join the RDI Network and the UNSW Institute for Global Development for an evening of cross-sector networking on 29 October, as we gear up for Conference. Enjoy drinks and nibbles with peer researchers and practitioners from across the international development sector, building your networks and exploring potential collaborations. The event is free to attend and open to ACFID Conference delegates, as well as members of the RDI Network and the broader international development community. Drinks and nibbles on arrival.

30th – 31st October: Australian Council for International Development Annual Conference – Paid event 

The 2018 ACFID Conference will be held at UNSW Sydney. The theme of the conference is ‘Human Rights in the 21st Century’. More information is available on the ACFID Conference website.

30th October: Dr. José Ramos-Horta and Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin In Conversation: War, Peace and Everything In-between – Public Event

What happens when the war is over? A peace treaty means the end of a conflict, but often it is just the beginning of a long and painful process of recovery, where the real reckoning of the cost of war begins. In response to the atrocities of WWII, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopted by the UN 70 years ago. This has not meant the end of human rights violations, but it has created a framework to defend the rights of ordinary citizens. In the aftermath of conflict, it provides a set of valuable tools to help nations transition from states of conflict to states of peace. How can peace be built and rights upheld/the protection of human rights strengthened in post-conflict situations?  Can external parties help, or do the solutions need to come from insiders? Join two experts with first-hand experience to find out more about what really works, and how human rights can be protected. 

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31st October: Football United Tournament – All welcome

Football United, in partnership with UNSW, invites you to experience the impact that football has to engage and empower young people in diverse communities in Australia and Myanmar. The event will include a free BBQ and a fun-filled fair play tournament.

Register as an individual to join a mixed team, or register with seven of your colleagues to enter as a team. Players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the internationally renowned Football United programs, which are built on more than 12 years of experience in football, community engagement, sport for social change and positive youth development. Players aged 18+ years.

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1st November: Myanmar Roundtable – All welcome

Hailed not long ago as a major success story of democratic reform, Myanmar is now subject to international investigations of mass atrocities and growing calls for sanctions. This presents new challenges, but perhaps also new imperatives, for international engagement in the country.

Join IGD Academic Co-Lead for Myanmar, Dr. Morten Pedersen, along with Dr. Jonathan Bonnicha (Law), Dr. Anne W. Bunde-Birouste (SPHCM) and Dr. Susanne Schmeidl (SoSS) for a dialogue around UNSW's engagement in Myanmar.

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1st November: Human Rights and Civil Society: Trends and Reflections from the last decade – Invitation only

As the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diplomacy Training Program approaches, the Diplomacy Training Program’s Founder and Patron, Dr. José Ramos-Horta, reflects on the changing regional environment, why investing in advocacy capacity and civil society is more important than ever, and DTP’s experience supporting the emerging advocates of our region and beyond.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is the original disruptive festival that brings to light important conversations that push the boundaries of conventional thought. It presents a line-up of international and local thinkers and culture creators, inviting the public to immerse themselves in ideas and conversations that encourage debate and critical thinking.

Taking place over two days, the Festival is a collaboration between The Ethics Centre (TEC) and UNSW Centre for Ideas. This year’s sessions explore data, AI, morality, sexuality, inequality, politics and more.

To see the lineup and book tickets, visit the Festival of Dangerous Ideas website.

Urban Resilience in Asia Pacific Conference

This two-day conference invites practitioners, researchers and decision-makers from all disciplines to present, discuss, debate and recommend realisable social, physical, political and economic measures that build resilience in the Asia Pacific region. The guiding question is, how can vulnerable, low-income neighbourhoods in fast-growing cities in the Asia Pacific region become more resilient to disasters and climate change?

To register your place, head to the URAP 2018 website.

UNSW Institute for Global Development

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