Transformations in the global economy and international political order, and the growth of international private finance for development, are increasingly raising questions about the purpose and future of aid from traditional donor countries like Australia.

The scale of Asia’s growth over the coming decades will make it the world’s biggest economic zone, increasingly able to address its own poverty challenges and contribute to poverty reduction elsewhere.  At the same time, Asia and the Pacific are at the centre of an array of global challenges that pose serious threats to development progress.  

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed by the United Nations at the turn of this century, provide the current framework for aid.  At the heart of the MDGs is the goal of halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.  As the deadline approaches, international discussions on a new international development framework are gathering pace.

An event to be co-hosted by the Asia Foundation, the Australian National University, the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the University of Melbourne will look at the outlook for aid and development in Asia and the Pacific and seek to make a distinctly regional contribution to a global conversation.

The conference, The Future of International Development in Asia and the Pacific, will be held on Friday 10 May at the University of Melbourne.
Confirmed speakers include:

•    Warren Evans, Senior Adviser, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank
•    Professor Graham Brown AM, Director, The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
•    Dermot O’Gorman, CEO, WWF-Australia
•    Professor Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University
•    Kazu Sakai, Director General, Strategy and Policy, Asian Development Bank
•    Professor Eun Mee Kim, Dean, Graduate School of International Studies; Director, Institute for Development and Human Security, Ewha Womans University, Seoul.
 For the conference program, full list of speakers and a background paper, see http://devpolicy.anu.e....