Workshop and discussion sessions

Below are sessions with either a workshop or a discussion format.  This page is still being updated.

The ‘Tensions’, regional intervention, and Solomon Islands-owned policing: Learning lessons

Session organiser: Nicci Simmonds, MFAT

This interactive session is an opportunity to discuss practical experience and lessons learned from the post conflict context of Solomon Islands. There will be brief presentations from the donor (MFAT), the recipient country (Solomon Islands High Commission) and the implementing partner (NZ Police), reflecting on the disruptive and renewing effects that the Tensions and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) had on the country. We will share what we are learning through the Solomon Islands Policing Support Programme (SIPSP), which began when RAMSI concluded at the end of June 2017. We will explore the following questions: What is a ‘fit for Solomon Islands’ model of policing? Are we being reflective and adaptive enough in our partnership to avoid the gravitational pull of isomorphic mimicry? How should we measure success (or failure) of SIPSP?

The Tensions period was probably the most severe disruption in Solomon Islands history as a state. Its impacts were profoundly negative on culture and society, on the economy, on the ability of the state to deliver even basic services, and on Solomon Islanders’ trust in their own police to act with integrity and professionalism. RAMSI restored security and stability in the aftermath of the conflict including through a significant programme of work to build the capability of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). However, when RAMSI left at the end of June 2017, the root causes of the Tensions remained. While the uniformed RAMSI contingents no longer exist, there is a continuing presence of both Australian and New Zealand Police working with their RSIPF counterparts and colleagues, and a central aspect of the New Zealand government’s effort is the need to renew Solomon Islanders trust and confidence in their police.

A provocative and creative re-imagining of the New Zealand based INGO

Session organiser: Joy Davidson

For over a decade discourse has been rife about ‘the end of the golden age of NGOs’ and the significant challenges facing the “the very heart of INGOs’ identities as effective agents for social change and justice”. In New Zealand, NGOs are facing declining public giving and trust, yet while the rhetoric of ‘disruption and renewal’ may be there, many NZ based INGOs seem to be spinning with little traction being made on the rapid adaptation needed to survive in a changing world and ‘uber-ising’ aid industry.

Using co-design methodology and a systems approach, this session will engage attendees in a provocative and creative re-imagining of the INGO model in New Zealand. Moving around the room in a face-paced and facilitated session, groups of attendees will think through: our challenges with the current INGO model; our constraints to change; our wider context; and our opportunities. Attendees will then respond to a range of ‘How might we’ statements in response to our broader challenges, constraints, context and opportunities.

Our collaborative and creative reimaginings will then be rapidly developed into a proposal for change by the convening team to be presented back to the conference in a paper session. We believe change is possible, and New Zealand based INGOs can still be seen as distinctive and invaluable agents for social change and justice.

Disrupting Disruption: A Progressive Reimagining of a Conservative Concept

Session organisers: Angela Wilton and Joanna Spratt

‘Disruption’ is the term de rigeur in contemporary development debate. In a world of rapid technological change, mounting political uncertainty, and expanding groups of actors, the global development landscape is in flux. The sector is seeking concepts that help capture this uncertainty. As with all development concepts however, ‘disruption’ has no single fixed meaning; it can be used – and manipulated – to serve multiple interests and actors. ‘Disruption’ gives legitimacy, vitality and progressive credibility to those defined as the active ‘disruptors,’ while problematizing the passive, regressive ‘disrupted.’ Understanding who is deploying the concept therefore, and how actors are positioned within the ‘disruption’ narrative, can offer insights into the power dynamics within the international development sector.

This session will unpack the dominant meanings and narratives applied to the ‘disruption’ concept within the development sector. It will examine when and how ‘disruption’ gets used, by whom, and for what purpose. Beyond a purely theoretical exercise, the session will examine how disruption is applied through practice in three programmatic areas – youth, gender and humanitarian response. Drawing on panellist case studies, the session will compare and contrast individual development projects that have claimed the ‘disruption’ label in each thematic area.

Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Response: Best Practices and Practical Lessons Learnt during Response to Rohingya Crisis in Cox’s Bazar

Session organiser: Linabel Hadlee

Disruptions such as armed conflicts and emergency situations not only increase the number and magnitude of barriers on a large scale but also amplify the sufferings and vulnerabilities of person with disabilities.

The Rohingya crisis, labelled as the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world by the United Nations, demonstrates how challenging and disruptive it has been for persons with disabilities to access humanitarian services such as information, health and rehabilitation.

CBM’s engagement in the Rohingya emergency response endeavours to alleviate both physical and psychosocial damage suffered by those affected, especially by the persons with disabilities caused by this disruption. With an inclusive approach, this project contributes to the renewal of lives of the displaced Rohingya population with the provision of psychosocial, medical and rehabilitation services.

In the context of New Zealand Government’s increasing interest towards an inclusive humanitarian policy, this interactive session will be a timely opportunity for sharing experiences, lessons learned, and good practices from this MFAT-funded and CBM-led disability inclusive humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with the New Zealand based decision and policy makers, academics and practitioners. This session will also explore multiple challenges around the identification of persons with disabilities, especially in an emergency setting, in the context of the Rohingya crisis. We will also discuss key findings from the CBM-PDF-MFAT research ‘Gap analysis on disability-inclusive humanitarian action’ within the context of the Rohingya response.

Evidence to action: perspectives on Challenges and oportunities for Monitoring and Evaluation

Session organiser: James McIlraith

This session looks at the ‘evidence to action’ problématique from development and evaluation practitioner perspectives. It offers insights on the challenges and opportunities of bringing together evidence sources and voices, sometimes from very different and difficult settings, to help bring about evidence-based action that supports constructive change.

The session aims to build new knowledge among participants using specific monitoring and evaluation examples from the field and government. The focus areas include:

  • Innovative ways to bring community voices into the evidence to action cycle, through early inclusion in feedback processes and bringing local voices into decision-making
  • Challenges and opportunities of evidence collection and use in often complex international development circumstances in the Pacific region
  • Consideration of how evidence contributes to programmes and policy-making, including the role of ethics and standards in monitoring and evaluation

How will New Zealand respond to Pacific climate change migration?

Volunteering in the Development Space

Session organisers: Gauri Nandedkar and Eleanor Tuck

This panel will pose the question of whether volunteering is an outmoded modality for doing development.  If the sector is talking about disruption and the need to throw out old models then there is a need to critically look at volunteering as one of these old models.  By looking at research around volunteering agencies in New Zealand, some case studies of how volunteering can work in practice and taking a critical look at volunteering models, there will be ways to look at what the future of volunteering in development should look like.  The key components the session will cover are:

  • What are the pros and cons of volunteering
  • Which aspects of volunteering should be ‘in’ and which should be ‘out’
  • Innovation in volunteering

We’re all on the same team

Session organiser: Nik Rilkoff

This panel will bring together NGO staff and private sector representatives, representing successful examples of effective partnerships between the two. Discussions will explore the notion of shared value partnerships and how these can improve development outcomes, while challenging some of the misconceptions that can inhibit working together.

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