Friday, 12 October 2018 09:31

6 months as an ACIAR grad

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By Rebecca Cotton When thinking about a career in agriculture, most people envisage acres of cattle and miles of fencing. Having myself grown up in a farming community, that’s exactly what I thought. I am now a Graduate Research Officer at ACIAR, and have been for the past 6 months. Before you ask, although an impressive title, what does this role entail and where will it leave me and the end of my time here? Shall we start with the fundamentals? What is “research for development” and how does a young, university graduate make a career in it? Well I…
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:26

Public-private partnerships in rural development

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By Michael Campbell We have all heard about the public-private partnerships (PPP) when it comes to governments building infrastructure like toll roads, but does it have a place in the future of rural development?   How compatible are rural development and private companies? Often at times, the perception is that large multi-national companies are operating solely to make big profits to line the pockets of the rich investors.  But is this truly the case? I believe that for long-term sustainable rural development to occur, integration with private companies is essential.  The pool of Government funded aid and international research funds…
By Nick Pain This is where I now live - Savannakhet, Lao PDR. There are around 100,000 people in the city. There are three other Australian volunteers here, and 10-15 volunteers from elsewhere as well as a few other westerners who work in town. There are very few tourists and very little english is spoken. I'm on a volunteers program (Australian Volunteers Program) run by the Australian government that supports regional development and capacity building, mostly throughout Asia and the Pacific. My project lasts for 12 months and partners with the Crawford Fund who are an Australian agricultural development NGO.…
Friday, 14 September 2018 09:25

5 valuable lessons I have learnt over my PhD

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I’m now coming to the end of my candidature. I’ve nearly made it! Looking back at the three-year journey I have made plenty of mistakes along the way. But importantly, from these mistakes, I’ve learnt lots of valuable lessons. So, I thought I’d share 5 of the more important lessons I’ve learnt in the hopes that they will help some of RAID’s readers. So, here we go! On to lesson number one... #1 Never make assumptions My supervisor has said to me from the get-go: “Never make assumptions, or off goes your head and on goes a pumpkin”. I think…
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