Registration open for 'Power, Politics and Positive Deviance': DLP's Annual Conference 2016

DLP’s Australia-based team will host our next annual conference at La Trobe University, Melbourne on 8 February 2016. The theme is Power, Politics and Positive Deviance.

There is a growing recognition across diverse fields, from medicine to international development, that it can be valuable to examine and understand ‘positive deviance’ – uncommon but successful strategies. This conference will celebrate positive deviance that incorporates power and politics into social change processes.

Speakers will share examples from the Pacific region and from Indigenous Australia, and presentations will focus on issues such as women’s leadership and collective action, gay rights, peace processes and private sector reform. Building on DLP's research, the conference will assess the degree to which these cases show how developmental change happens in practice; the role of power and politics in that process; and how development agencies might change their policies and practices to best support this.

Confirmed speakers include Lemalu Sina Retzlaff, Samoa Country Representative, Pacific Leadership Program; Nic Maclellan, independent journalist and researcher; and Benedicta Rousseau, University of Waikato. See further details and register to attend.

Image: Statue of Charles La Trobe, La Trobe University Campus, Melbourne, which, says sculptor Charles Robb, embodies the principle that universities should turn ideas on their heads. (Photo: Phil Lees, Flickr)

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