How to continue engagement and discussion following a development conference

Marc Purcell, CEO of the Australian Council for International Development. Photo by: ACFID

MELBOURNE — A conference bringing together the development sector may start the conversation, but should not be the end. For Australian Council for International Development, their 2017 national conference — held last week in Melbourne — will influence its work and direction for the year to come.

At the close, Devex sat down with ACFID CEO Marc Purcell to discuss the highlights and lessons from the conference and the work that follows. Purcell stressed that for Australia’s NGOs, government leaders, and activists, the discussion undertaken at the conference should be a catalyst for growth.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. 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 news.com.au. 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.