World Vision experts at the 2020 Australasian Aid Conference

World Vision experts at the 2020 Australasian Aid Conference

The Australasian Aid Conference

The Australasian Aid Conference, hosted by The Asia Foundation in partnership with the Development Policy Centre at Australian National University, is Australia’s foremost aid and development conference.  

The 2020 event was held on February 17-19 in Canberra. World Vision Australia representatives joined other leading researchers, influencers and decision makers to share insights, collaborate and help shape the future of aid and international development. 

Conference materials

Women's Economic Empowerment

Advancing gender equality and women's economic empowerment through the work of our Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Unit. 

Ellie Wong
Senior Economic Development Advisor (Women’s Economic Empowerment) 

Creating shared value through blended finance

Partnering with DFAT’s Business Partnerships Platform and Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands to create economic opportunities in remote areas.    

Sandra Carvajal
Senior Advisor Tri-Sector Partnering, New Business


Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

Building evidence for the FMNR approach to land restoration.  

Anne Crawford
Impact Goals Evidence Advisor


Drylands Development Programme

Transitioning from subsistence farming and emergency aid to sustainable rural development in Africa’s depleted “dryland” areas.  

Rob Kelly
Food Security and Resilience Technical Advisor 



World Vision speakers 

  • Graham Strong and Mercy Jumo chaired a pre-conference panel on the importance of child-focused aid and protection.

  • Megan Williams joined ACFID (Australian Council for International Development) in a discussion on Australia’s future humanitarian strategy.

  • Andy Hunter presented on our strategies for connecting farmers to markets, alongside DFAT, Palladium and Australian National University.

  • Ellie Wong presented on our approach to women’s economic empowerment, alongside DFAT, Palladium and Australia National University.

  • Sandra Carvajal presented our approach to innovative financing  to advance development goals, alongside DFAT’s IXC, Palladium, FHI 360 and Inclusiv Ventures.

  • Anne Crawford presented over five years’ worth of FMNR results, including economic and social benefits.

  • Rob Kelly proposed resilient environmental solutions through landscape restoration in the depleted “drylands” of Africa.