DevNet connects academics, students and development practitioners to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and research.

The Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network links people and organisations involved and interested in the broad field of international development in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider world.



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1 December 2016

Just 4 more days until the 2016 DevNet conference at Victoria University in Wellington!

The handbook (with the programme) is now available on the conference website - please check it out!

The DevNet forum will be held during the lunch break on Wednesday 7 December, location to be advised. more


DevNet's conferences have been held biennially since 1998. Find out about past conferences.


Emma Mawdsley (University of Cambridge) has shared her thoughts on the '1 thing' that could make development efforts more effective. This can be viewed on the video page, along with contributions from Anthony Bebbington, Richard Peet, John Overton, Brenda Killen, Rae Julian, Barry Coates, Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki and Severeine Blaise.

DevNet Conference

DevNet 2016:
'Pacific Currents, Global Tides'

Victoria University of Wellington 
Monday 5th December to Wednesday 7th December 2016.

Victoria University hosted the DevNet 2016 Conference. The theme,'Pacific Currents, Global Tides', reflected a desire to focus both on the ways in which global trends in development theory, policy and practice flow through to the wider pacific region and also on how current thinking and practice within the region can contribute to and challenge such global tides.

The conference had a strong emphasis on the Pacific region and involvement of practitioners and community development workers. We encouraged groups to participate in sessions in a variety of formats to open discussion, interaction and networking. Workshops, panels, ‘unconference’ formats as well as research-based presentations were all provided.