The Monash Centre for Development Economics hosted the 8th Australasian Development Economics Workshop (ADEW) on June 7th-8th, 2012 at Monash University's Caulfield Campus, Melbourne, Australia.
The workshop is an AusAID-funded event that provides a forum for rigorous research in the field of development economics. MIT’s Professor Abhijit Banerjee presented the keynote address. Dr Scott Guggenheim, AusAID Social Policy Adviser in Jakarta, and Dr Vijayendra Rao, Lead Economist at the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group, participated in a panel session on Community-Driven Development. The conference was opened by Dr Michael Carnahan, AusAID’s Chief Economist.
This year over 25 papers were presented covering topics including the measurement of poverty and inequality, the effectiveness of targeting mechanisms, project evaluation, migration, economic growth, trade, agriculture and food security, health, education, entrepreneurship, fragile states and social networks. Over 150 people attended from across the globe, representing a wide range of interests and expertise from academia, government and NGOs.
Where possible Monash CDE endeavoured to put development into practice by supporting local and international community development groups for catering:
Sorghum Sisters is a catering social enterprise with an African flavour affiliated with Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES). Not only does Sorghum Sisters train and employ a large number of people with a refugee background, they are also actively involved in a range of community projects and events. Read more about Sorghum Sisters here: www.sorghumsisters.com.au.
Coffee and tea served during ADEW came picked, processed and packed from East Timor and Sri Lanka, respectively, supporting local employment and capacity-building though value-adding and community development. Read more about it here: www.tradewinds.org.au.