Session 1 (Morning of Day 2)

Sub-Theme Session Title Session Blurb Participating Organisations
PEOPLE Rights, revenues and repression When the promise of revenue from business investment combines with governments eager to grow economies, the human rights of affected people and communities can easily be set aside. Using examples from mining, agriculture and retail, this panel explores the role of the state and the closing civil society space activists are subject to when speaking out about private sector projects. This session will be held under strict Chatham House rule. Oxfam Australia
Bougainville People’s Research Centre
ActionAid Australia
PLANET Gender responsive alternatives to climate change This panel discussion explores how climate change is impacting women’s rights, bringing first-hand perspectives from women in Vanuatu. It highlights how a human rights-based approach is being used to empower women to drive gender-responsive alternatives and shares emerging themes from multi-country research into improving gender responsive programming in ways that bridge the development, humanitarian and security divide. ActionAid Australia
Women i Tok Tok Togeta
Monash University
PEOPLE Women’s rights to health care access in PNG: tackling the worst maternal mortality rate in the region Health as a human right creates a legal obligation to ensure access to timely, acceptable and affordable health care of appropriate quality, where programs prioritise the needs of those furthest behind. In this panel discussion speakers from academia and the field share first-hand experience from the remote front-line of health identifying women in rural Papua New Guinea as those furthest behind. Australian Doctors International
University of Sydney
University of Technology Sydney
PEOPLE What is our development role in helping build communities free from all forms of abuse and violence? This workshop challenges participants to think critically about our role in shaping communities that uphold the rights of all people to live safely and freely. The workshop goes beyond thinking about organisational safeguards – it shares case studies of development programs, policy and advocacy work helping to build safer communities and explores what helps create a safe community and solid ideas to help make it happen. CBM Australia
Pacific Disability Forum
Plan International Australia
Save the Children
PEACE No development without peace: the case for more peacebuilding in Australian development Peacebuilding is prominent in the aid sector in Europe and North America yet exists on the margins in Australia: few NGOs are dedicated to peacebuilding and government programs focus on state-building. Speakers from Australia, Fiji and Timor Leste explore the state of play in peacebuilding internationally, what it might look like in Australia, and the impact it could have in conflict-affected countries in Asia and the Pacific. Peacifica
Centre for Armed Violence Reduction
Transcend Oceania
PEOPLE Preventing sexual misconduct and safeguarding human rights In 2018 sexual misconduct scandals in the UK raised serious concerns about the international aid sector’s approach to safeguarding. Emerging findings of the ACFID commissioned reviews highlight that while the aid sector faces unique challenges in preventing and responding to sexual misconduct, existing good practice and strengths provide a platform to build upon. In this session we explore the challenges and showcase examples of good practice and leadership from our sector and beyond. ACFID
ActionAid Afghanistan
WaterAid Australia
Save the Children

Session 2 (Afternoon Day 2)

Sub-theme Session title Session blurb Participating organisations
PEOPLE Exploring the Intersection of Humanity and Technology – How Tech is Enabling New Forms of Social, Civic and Economic Participation  

The pace of technological innovation and adoption is rapidly evolving the way people live, work, and interact with each other and institutions. The potential for technology to improve society and address some of the most significant issues facing humanity is immense, but it also presents challenges by creating risks of misuse and unintended consequences. Hosted by Judy Slatyer, Australian Red Cross CEO, this session will explore the transformational implications of technology for humanity and how we can develop and use technology in ways that enrich and protect human dignity and safety.

Australian Red Cross
RMIT University
Type Human
Oxfam Australia
PLANET Sea Change: human rights vs economic progress How do we advocate for human rights in areas of significant natural resource extraction? How do we support this in places where tribal conflict exists, and local knowledge and culture underpinning livelihoods are at risk of disappearing? In this session we discuss community participation and empowerment, digital technology, and mainstreaming sustainable resource systems. Kyeema Foundation
Friends of Lake Turkana
International Water Centre
QUT Business School
ActionAid Australia
University of Sydney
PEACE Young women as disruptors and designers: how human centred design can set the human rights, peace and security agenda Collaborative and co-design processes place people at the centre to drive change and disrupt traditional hierarchies of power. This interactive session will explore a range of unique and collaborative approaches undertaken by INGOs and academia to design thinking where young women and girls are disruptors, leaders and agents of change. Plan International Australia
Marie Stopes International
XYX Lab, Monash University
PEOPLE Shrinking civil society space This session explores how shrinking civil society space is impacting human rights activists in Asia and beyond. Speakers bring global and regional perspectives, as well as from Australia’s own environmental movement, to share how activists are responding, examine the implications for NGOs engaged in advocacy and campaigning, and explore the role of social movements and community organising. ActionAid Australia
Australian Conservation Foundation
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights
PEOPLE Rights-based approaches in development: old hat, fashion trend, or essential workwear? Rights-based approaches and the awareness of rights within development project design is broadly recognised and applied. Has this led to a sense of complacency, or to creative or complementary ways of thinking about rights (or both)? This session explores case studies of how rights-based approaches are incorporated within other methodologies, looks at the challenges facing rights-based models, and discusses where rights-based approaches fit within systems thinking and the movement to “do development differently”. ACFID Development Practice Committee
Islamic Relief Australia
PEOPLE Gender justice: going beyond the household level towards societal change? This session will draw on the perspectives, insights and experiences of both presenters and participants to generate a conversation about creating and supporting gender just societies. The session will explore the connection between individual and societal level changes and what this means for enabling positive shifts in gender relations. Oxfam Australia
International Women’s Development Agency
CARE Australia