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Beloved Land: stories, struggles and secrets from Timor-Leste

by Gordon Peake, Visiting Fellow with the ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project (SSGM). This book is available through Scribe Publications. “At the stroke of midnight on 20 May 2002, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste became the first new … Continue reading

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Comparative perspectives on land – Thinking across the Pacific: Report from the ‘land stream’ of the State of the Pacific Conference (25-26 June 2013)

The Hon Ralph Regenvanu, Minister for Lands, Government of Vanuatu (left), Ms Leisande Otto, World Bank, Vanuatu (middle) and Dr Jim Fingleton, Development Law Consultant participate in the ‘land stream’ panel at SOTP 13, 25 July 2013 (Photo: George Carter). … Continue reading

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Call for Applications: 2014 Pacific Research Colloquium – Developing Pacific Scholarship

January 28 to February 7, 2014 (Australian National University, Canberra) State Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) is offering twelve scholarship awards to graduate students, scholars and researchers from universities, research institutions, NGOs and other professional bodies in the … Continue reading

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Conflict Management and Resolution: a new course for S2 2013

An exciting new subject is being offered in second semester 2013 as part of the major in Peace, Conflict and War Studies within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. The subject, Conflict Management and Resolution (ASIA 2087), will … Continue reading

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Navigating Pacific Studies

Semester Two 2013 will see the introduction of an entirely online course into the Bachelor of Pacific Studies syllabus – a first for Pacific Studies at the ANU. PASI 1011 / 6001: Navigating Pacific Studies has been jointly developed by Dr Roannie … Continue reading

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Jobs: SSGM Pacific Research Fellow Positions

The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific is seeking to appoint two Pacific Research Fellows with ongoing research interests in Melanesia (PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, New … Continue reading

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SWEDOW cows and rotting apricots: bad food aid proposals gaining support of MPs

Just as the US is pushing to reform its long criticised food aid program, Queensland graziers and Victorian stonefruit growers are calling on the Australian government to purchase and send surplus livestock and agricultural products to developing countries in the name of ‘helping’ – and their idea is being backed by some federal MPs. The Australian Financial Review (May 8 2013, Page 7) reported on calls for the Australian government […] Continue reading

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Australia Awards Fellowships (Round 14 closes 19 June 2013)

Applications are currently open for Round 14, for Australia Awards Fellowships beginning in 2014 (close 19 June 2013). Visit AusAID’s AAF page for more information. Australia Awards Fellowships provide senior officials and mid-career professionals from developing countries with the opportunity … Continue reading

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From the ground up

“It would be better to give Australian aid and governance support to Timor-Leste’s local communities rather than state institutions,” argues JOANNE WALLIS in her latest post to the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific website.

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An ex-volunteer’s perspective on improving the Australian Volunteers program

The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program offers an incredible opportunity for Australians to live in a developing country, to build cross-cultural knowledge and to share skills. For many, it is a life changing experience. Ask anyone who has taken on a volunteer assignment what is was like and they will usually gush out a string of positive adjectives. It is also a public relations boon for the aid […] Continue reading

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Four fascinating years in Timor-Leste

Gordon Peake is a Visiting Fellow at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, ANU.
Interpreter readers with long memories may remember my name from a series of pieces on Timor-Leste posted a year or so ago. The articles included pro… Continue reading

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Managing fiscal risks amid resource booms: lessons from Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste

The two largest developing member countries in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Pacific region – Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste – also continue to be the region’s fastest growing economies. PNG has now recorded 11 consecutive years of economic growth averaging around 6% per annum, while Timor-Leste has been growing at around double digit rates since 2007. A major driver of the rapid growth in both countries has been […] Continue reading

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Human Rights Handbook for Journalists in East Timor (Manuál Direitus Umanus ba Jornalista sira iha Timor-Leste)

[Tetum summary in italics below.] The Human Rights Handbook for Journalists in Timor-Leste is designed to take the reader through some valuable background on human rights principles, provide local context on the human rights situation in Timor-Leste as well as … Continue reading

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PNG slowdown pushing regional growth lower in the Pacific

In the latest issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor, released yesterday (March 26), the ADB forecasts that the average rate of growth in its 14 developing member countries in the Pacific region will fall to 5.2%, as earlier gains from major foreign investments and public infrastructure projects fade. The performance of the region’s larger natural resource exporting economies (Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste) continues to drive the economic outlook, […] Continue reading

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Development by all and for all

“The international conference held in Timor-Leste from 25th  – 28th February 2013, ended with a resounding call for a new development deal after the MDGs expire in 2015. Much was discussed and debated at the conference in an effort to make development more meaningful … Continue reading

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