DevNet 2000

2000 – Poverty, Prosperity and Progress

17-19 November | Victoria University | Wellington


The inaugural DevNet conference sought to link local and ‘global wisdom’ and practice to foster new visions and approaches towards poverty alleviation and self-determination. Poverty¬† was described as difficult to define, measure, monitor and alleviate, especially across and within different social groups and cultures. The conference provided an opportunity for participants to analyse and reflect upon the relationships between poverty and development in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas, and to share experiences and lessons from addressing poverty, prosperity and progress in different places.


Key themes, corresponding to the title, were developed to stimulate thought and encourage connections among stakeholders.

  • Poverty Exploring the parameters of poverty from varying perspectives and identifying common issues and lessons.
  • Prosperity Recognising and measuring the health, wealth and wellbeing of societies.
  • Progress – Envisioning socially and environmentally responsible and diverse futures.

Conference proceedings

‘Poverty, prosperity, progress’ is held at many NZ libraries, including: the National Library of New Zealand (WN), Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of NZ (WTU), Department of Internal Affairs Information Centre (WIN), Global Focus Aotearoa Library (WDEV),¬† Massey University Library (PU), University of Auckland, General Library (AU), University of Canterbury, Central Library (CU), University of Otago, Central Library (DU), University of Waikato, Central Library (HU).