Measuring Effectiveness – Participation, Empowerment and Downward Accountability

Date: 25th-26th September
Venue: Melbourne


The annual Measuring Effectiveness conference is now only 6 weeks away. Online registrations are open on the website :

The conference will be held on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th September, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. This year the conference is being held in partnership with The Australian National University. The 2008 conference will explore the themes of “Participation, Empowerment and Downward Accountability.”

The sessions will include case studies & panel discussions on these themes as well as looking at geographical activities in Asia, the Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean.
The draft conference schedule and session summaries will be available on the conference website within the next few days.

Keynote speakers will include :

* Dr. Joy Moncrieffe, a political sociologist and fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, UK
* Dr. Francesca Merlan, a professor of anthropology at the Australian National University and
* Dr Tahmina Rashid is the Program Coordinator in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at RMIT


* Reflect: An Approach for Participation, Empowerment and Social Change – Md. Zakir Hossain Sarker, ActionAid, Bangladesh
* Issues management – Dr Amalia Matheson and Ms Nickey Wilson – School of Communication, University of the Sunshine Coast
* Practically promoting learning and accountability : Analysis of three evaluation approaches – Annabel Brown & Inga Mepham, Program Development Unit, Oxfam Australia
* Civic-driven advocacy and empowerment through local political participation, using social accountability – Bill Walker, Governance specialist, World Vision Australia

* Strengthening the measurement of health program performance as a strategy for capacity development: a case study from immunisation in Papua New Guinea – Chris Morgan and John Clements, Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute

* Some peace of mind: A participatory intervention to promote the mental health and empowerment of widows in north-east India – Michelle Kermode, Alexandra Devine, Prabha Chandra, Bernice Dzuvichu, Thomhood Gilbert, Helen Herrman, Nossal Institute, University of Melbourne
* Partnering in Development – Linda Kelly, Praxis Consulting and Maria Prescilla, Caritas Australia
* Over the Border and Under the Radar: How can Illegal Migrants be Active Citizens? Dr Matthew Clarke, School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University

* Using snapshots to measure change in capacity and empowerment: Examples from the field – Nina Shatifan, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser, ACCESS II, Indonesia

* The Local Government Barometer – Dr Shirley Randell AM, Senior Adviser, Education and Governance for Empowerment, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Please contact World Vision Australia’s conference team if you have any queries or would like to display promotional material publications at the conference.
Please distribute this email amongst your colleagues and networks who may also be interested.


Melissa Cadwell | Program Coordinator |
Program Effectiveness | World Vision Australia
phone / fax: +61 3 9287 2769
Email : measuring
Website :

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