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Planning for Low Carbon Development

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on January 30th, 2013

6 February , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

"Minegolia"
Photo by Al Jazeera English via Flickr CC.

The twin challenge of poverty eradication and emissions reductions.

In developing countries, where most of the world’s population lives, the daunting challenge for governments and policy makers is to reduce both poverty and greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Harald Winkler from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre will offer his perspective on how this challenge might be tackled in South Africa, a country that, like Australia, has a heavy dependence on coal-based electricity generation. Prof Winkler argues that taking more ambitious action to reduce emissions can result in socio-economic advantages, or ‘co-benefits’, which should be considered primary rather than secondary benefits.

Professor Winkler will be joined by panellists, Tony Wood and Malte Meinshausen, to discuss the Australian parallels to South Africa’s experience.

Date: Wednesday 6th February, 2013, 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Venue: Carrillo Ganter Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre,
Corner Swanston Street and Monash Road,
The University of Melbourne.

Hosted by the Grattan Institute.


Inclusive Cities: transforming the lives of Delhi’s urban poor

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on September 30th, 2011

11 October , 2011
12:00 pmto1:00 pm
Source: Brotherhood of St Laurence


Photo: Asha

Over 23 years of working with the urban poor in India, the non-government organisation Asha has developed a community development model that emphasises pro-poor growth and the inclusion of slum dwellers in the rest of society. Join Dr Kiran Martin, Director of Asha, and Visiting Fellow at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, at this special lunchtime seminar.


Around one third of inhabitants of the world’s cities – nearly one billion people – live in urban slums. Over 3 million people in India’s capital New Delhi, stay in slum areas. India’s slum populations are growing at much higher rates than urban populations overall, a trend mirrored across the developing world. This state of affairs is unsustainable for India and the world. People in slums display poor developmental indicators across the board, from poor health to low literacy rates to lack of access to financial services. Over 23 years of working with the urban poor, the NGO Asha has developed an urban community development model that emphasises pro-poor growth and the inclusion of slum dwellers in the rest of society. Having seen success in poverty alleviation through programmes in health, education, empowerment, financial inclusion and environmental improvement, this seminar focuses on how Asha has achieved results in heterogeneous slum communities through the practical application of such universal values as equality, individual dignity and social justice.

12.00 pm  – 1.00 pm, Tuesday 11 October 2011

Fr Tucker’s room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Click through to register your attendance or to read more about Dr Martin.