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| With credit where credit's due to Jack Judge and Henry James "Harry" Williams |

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July 16, 2019

[Image: A School in Timor Leste | © United Nations]

If there's one thing that's been endlessly reinforced during my recent sustainable development work, it's the essential role that education plays in helping people to haul themselves out of poverty.

There is enough theoretical and practical evidence to conclude that improving education is the one absolutely essential action that countries need to take if they are to...

June 6, 2019

[Image: Children in Vanuatu | © CARE Australia]

Since early 2017 I've been involved in looking for new models that will help facilitate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia–Pacific.

This has tended to focus on economic drivers like trade and sustainable tourism and how they can support sustainable development, but also on the critical need for innovative partn...

April 12, 2019

[Image: Plastic Ocean Waste | © The Independent Newspaper]

In the last 12 months the plastic ocean waste issue has (finally) cut through to become a more mainstream issue.

Whether because of shocking images of large floating 'garbage patches' in the Pacific Ocean, or footage of more and more marine animals being injured or killed by plastic waste, the public at large seems to have realised how much damage the plastic w...

December 14, 2018

[Image: A Female Smallholder Farmer in Papua New Guinea | © CARE Australia/Tom Greenwood.]

The last part of 2018 saw me working with some inspiring leaders in the Asia–Pacific all focused on finding ways to place gender equality at the centre of the solution to many of the region's sustainable development challenges.

Now, I've been involved in work where gender equality has been central before, but haven't had the oppo...

September 20, 2018

[Image: 'Typhoon Maria Risk Assessment July 2018' | © AccuWeather]

Much of 2018 has seen me criss–crossing the Asia–Pacific working on a project for Fairtrade, whilst reminding myself what a diverse, vibrant and challenged region Australia sits on the fringes of.

The work itself has been both interesting and challenging in equal measure, but one of the things that struck me most during my travels was how clearly other...

May 27, 2018

[Image: 'Kaohsiung City, Taiwan' | © Taiwan Tourism]

As part of a research project exploring future sustainability trends in the Asia–Pacific, I've found myself spending some time looking at Taiwan recently – a part of the world that, depending on your perspective, is either an independent nation, or a more progressive region of China.

The United Nations hasn't officially recognised Taiwan since it lost its seat in the...

January 20, 2018

[Image: 'Auckland Skyline, New Zealand' | © 100% Pure New Zealand]

It's a mostly healthy rivalry, but sometimes the gap just gets too great.

I'm talking New Zealand vs. Australia here, and, for once, it's not about the rugby (although the All Blacks do have the poor Wallabies in their pockets on the rugby pitch at the moment), but about the way the country creates a role for itself in the interconnected global village...

October 14, 2017

[Image: 'Papua New Guinea Fairtrade Coffee Farmer' | © Fairtrade ANZ]

I've seen on many occasions now how much more likely sustained positive change is to happen when you give those who need the change the most control over the tools to make it happen.

This could be as simple as directly giving them funding, ensuring they have clear input to the decision–making process or improving their capacity to make the right deci...

May 31, 2017

[Image: Jari Island, the Solomon Islands | © James Morgan]

The middle of June marks the end of the first phase of a project that I first became involved with in September 2015 – WWF's long–term focus on 'Developing and Promoting Nature–based Tourism in the Coral Triangle'.

My first real involvement with the project was when I undertook a Baseline Analysis of Nature–based Tourism in the Coral Triangle – a real macr...

January 31, 2017

[Image: Dan, 47, on Swanston Street | © Marcus Crook]

Whenever the latest furore erupts about getting the homeless off the streets (or 'out the way' as the demand often seems to be from some quarters), it never ceases to amaze me how many commentators suddenly become experts on the issue despite having absolutely no understanding of, nor expertise in, the issue whatsoever.

This has been happening again in Melbourn...

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