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The development sector is in a period of change, challenging us to think about what we do, how we do it, and how we can improve our efforts.
Around the world, development organisations are increasingly seeing the benefits of co-operation with other agencies and institutions. Indeed, parterships have multiplied throughout the development sector, often driving vast improvements in the delivery of programs and services. Yet when it comes to the prospect of direct co-operation between major INGOs, there seem to be many challenges that prevent such collaboration. What are these challenges, and how might they be overcome?
There are over 100 Australian NGOs actively engaged in international development efforts today. What if their efforts were better co-ordinated and combined? What benefits might we see, and how would our collective impact be enhanced?
As we look to the future, working together better may be the key to achieving the positive global change we're all actively striving for. Join us as some of the key thinkers and actors in the Australian development sector discuss what the prospect of enhanced collaboration means for the sector, and how we might bring it into our work and organisations.
CEO, Oxfam Australia
Dr. Helen Szoke has an extensive background in the field of development and human rights. Prior to commencing work as Oxfam CEO in February 2013, Dr Szoke held the position of Australia’s Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, following seven years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. She is currently a co-chair of the Make Poverty History campaign, a member of the ACFID Executive Committee, and a member of the C20 Steering Committee.
Chief Executive Officer, International Women's Development Agency (IWDA)
Joanna Hayter has been working in the field of international development and social justice since 1983. With experience ranging across four continents and 25 countries, her previous roles include Country Director for the Burnet Institute in Myanmar, Country Director for Save the Children UK in Vietnam, and Regional Director for Africa with the Overseas Service Bureau. She has managed her own consultancy firm for three years, with clients including the UN, governments and international NGOs.
Executive Director, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
Marc Purcell has worked for 18 years in the community development and human rights sectors in Australia, and has previously held the role of Advocacy Manager with Oxfam Australia and Executive Officer for the Catholic Commission for Justice Development and Peace. He has also worked as Country Program Manager for Africa for Australian Volunteers International, and has worked with UNHCR in Nepal assisting Tibetan refugees.
Associate Dean of Research (Arts), Monash University
Jacqui is a specialist in gender, development and international relations, with particular research interests in gender mainstreaming and global governance; peace building and conflict; and violence against women. She is also a specialist in feminist research methodologies. Her works on gender mainstreaming and global governance are among the most widely cited in the field, and she is chair of the Australian Political Science Association's International Relations Standing Committee. She is also a member of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership's Governance Committee.
The discussion will be chaired by Mark Clisby, Chair of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership Governance Committee. Mark has extensive experience across the INGO and academic sectors, with previous roles including Director of Operations for Oxfam Australia, Director of Research Services at La Trobe University and Director of Human Resources at the Australian National University. He has been a member of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership Governance Committee since the Partnership's inception, and has a strong interest in cross-sector partnership and collaboration.
When & Where
The Oxfam-Monash Partnership is built on a simple idea - that working in partnership can achieve more than working on one's own.
Development organisations and academic institutions both play key roles in global development and poverty reduction. Yet their impact can be much greater when these efforts are combined. Recognising this, the Oxfam-Monash Partnership was established to forge new solutions to development challenges, and to enhance the contributions of Oxfam and Monash to positive global change.