DevNet 2010: Making Development Sustainable: Connections, Learning, Commitment
DevNet 2010 was based on the need for sustainable development. Keynote Mason Durrie captured the audience's attention with a discussion of indigenous development, focusing largely upon positive Maori experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand; Marilyn Waring spoke about gender and sustainable development; Meg Taylor discussed her role as Vice President of the Compliance Adviser Ombudsman with the World Bank; John Connell addressed urban development in the Pacific; Allen Foster spoke of inclusive development including disability. These fantastic keynote addresees, along with many other interesting talks, made the conference a worthwhile experience.
Themes throughout the conference included the changing nature of NZ's aid programme, Aid Effectiveness and disaster recovery, to education, livelihoods and a workshop on Asset Based Community Development.
Thank you to all those who attended, and special thanks the organisers, keynote speakers and volunteers.