Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:26

Public-private partnerships in rural development

Written by Michael Campbell
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…
Friday, 28 September 2018 14:37

Thoughts and links related to volunteering overseas

Written by Candice
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

Written by Amy Moss
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…
RAID were in attendance at the 2018 Crawford Fund conference ‘Reshaping agriculture for better nutrition – The Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, Health Nexus’, and over the coming week you will see a detailed conference report from RAID Keynote Listeners Madaline and Bec. But in the meantime, we thought, why not reflect on some of the key messages that really hit home for us. With the green revolution we have been able to produce more, feed more and achieve some food security - with agriculture we have been able to respond to challenges very effectively. But the message from all speakers is…
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