Lisa Cornish


Lisa Cornish is a Devex reporter based in Canberra, Australia. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane and online through Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.

Latest Articles

How to reframe climate programs in an era of climate denial: Lessons from Australia
22 Mar 2017

President Donald Trump has declared war on climate change, and U.S. aid programs supporting climate adaption are under threat. But reframing how we think about and discuss climate programs could save them.

Why is foreign aid an easy cut?
20 Mar 2017

NGOs looking to push for smaller cuts in the Trump budget would do well to look to Australia, where convincing voters of the importance of foreign aid has never been an easy task.

Delivering an Australian aid program: How DFAT taps the private sector for public good
17 Mar 2017

How are large-scale Australian aid programs managed and delivered? We speak with key members of the Palladium team delivering an innovative infrastructure program in Cambodia for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

An Australian solution turning waste into steel for developing countries
17 Mar 2017

As the founding director of the Center for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at the University of New South Wales, Veena Sahajwalla is developing solutions to reduce and avoid waste while simultaneously delivering economic and environmental benefits. And her focus is on building smart and sustainable cities for developing nations.

Why Save the Children is recruiting a storyteller to save lives
14 Mar 2017

Save the Children's new Emergency Health Unit will provide a rapid medical response in humanitarian crises. And as part of the team, a storyteller will be an essential asset in their lifesaving operations.

Canberra's International Women's Day luncheon urges parliamentary equality
9 Mar 2017

At Canberra's International Women's Day luncheon on March 9, speakers highlighted the value of women in politics and business and the work that needs to be done to achieve lasting change — at home and in developing countries.

Melanesian nations question global responses to climate change
7 Mar 2017

At an Australian food security conference, Melanesian nations warned that global politics are ignoring the voices of Pacific island nations under threat from climate change — and they risk intensifying disasters, conflict and food insecurity in the region.

Q&A: Australia's former deputy PM calls for more investment in agricultural development
6 Mar 2017

As a former deputy prime minister of Australia, John Anderson is a known public figure with political connections many private companies would happily leverage. But as the newly announced chair of the Crawford Fund, Anderson will be using his political connections and public visibility to increase education and awareness of the important role Australia's agricultural research community plays in improving crop production and food security in developing countries.

New Australian aid announcements target famine and extremism
2 Mar 2017

Wednesday was a busy day for Australia's aid program. New announcements will see 20 million Australian dollars ($15.3 million) in new funds assisting the famine in South Sudan, and a new aid policy is set to put violent extremism at the center of aid programs.

Q&A with Australia's minister for international development and the Pacific: Part 2
2 Mar 2017

At the inaugural aid supplier conference of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Australia's minister for international development and the Pacific, sat down with Devex to discuss a range of topics impacting overseas development in Australia and internationally. In part two of the interview, the minister discusses Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council from 2018 to 2020.