Hi, I’m Ashlee.

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Welcome to my online portfolio.

I am an experienced writer and communicator with a strong interest in international aid and development policy and the Asia-Pacific region.

I currently work as a Research Officer with the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra. I also provide secretariat and communications support to the PNG NGO Femili PNG, which works with survivors of family and sexual violence.

Previously, I have worked with Plan International in Timor-Leste, the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia and Media Monitors, as well as in a variety of other freelance writing and editing roles.

As a journalist and editor, I worked at the Jakarta Globe from 2008-2010 and for News Ltd community newspapers and the Courier News group in Sydney from 2005-2008. My writing, analysis and reportage has also been published in many other places.

I finished a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) at ANU in 2011, which included a semester at the American University School of International Service in Washington DC. I also have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

You can read more about my work and professional background, or you can just browse through my portfolio–expand the menu by clicking in the top left corner.

 

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No orphanages, or just ‘good’ ones? Books and controversies from Cambodia’s Australian orphanage doyennes

Australians have a lot to answer for when it comes to Cambodia’s ‘orphanage problem’, being among the most involved in visiting them as tourists, starting them up and financially supporting them. They’ve also been behind some that have been shut down in recent years. So it is no surprise that knee-deep in this debate around the future of residential care in Cambodia are two high-profile Australians who have started orphanages, but who are now changing tack – one more willingly than the other.

Ashlee writes on Cambodia’s orphanage problem, the push to end residential care, and a new book by a high-profile Australian who has changed her view on the orphanage model.

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Scholarships and women’s leadership: power, privilege and measurement

Ashlee analysed a recent evaluation of the impact of Australia Award scholarships on women’s leadership in developing countries. While overall, she felt the evaluation was positive, she highlighted gaps in the analysis and in the use of tracer studies of former scholarship recipients.

The tracer studies, as interpreted by this evaluation, allow measurement of leadership in three main ways: whether the individual was promoted on return from their scholarship; whether they had increased responsibilities; and whether they were transferring skills to others through formal or informal channels.

This is leadership narrowly defined—it does little to tell us about women’s true influence or power (recent ODI research shows this does not necessarily go hand and hand with increasing access to higher positions), and it doesn’t venture beyond career development markers to look at women’s leadership in a broader, contextual sense.

Read the full blog post here.

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Australian Aid Tracker

Launched in January 2016, the Australian Aid Tracker website draws on a range of data and Devpolicy analysis, and uses a variety of visualisation and charting tools to help bring the numbers on Australian aid to life. It’s an independent, user-friendly and up-to-date look at Australian aid.

Ashlee Betteridge created and built the aid tracker site, with support from colleagues (particularly Terence Wood).

The aid tracker had a hugely positive response, attracting interest from media, aid stakeholders and the general public. It was widely shared on social media on its launch.

Related Devpolicy Blog posts:

Introducing the Australian Aid Tracker by Ashlee Betteridge
Is Australia a humanitarian scrooge? By Ashlee Betteridge
The rise of global aid in 2015, and the fall of Australia by Robin Davies and Ashlee Betteridge

Multimedia:

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Media coverage:

New independent ‘Tracker’ website for Aussie Aid, Radio Australia, 27 January.
Australian Aid Tracker Shows PNG And Indonesia Receive Most Funds But Pot Is Getting Smaller, Huffington Post, 27 January.
New ANU website tracks changes to Australian Aid, ANU, 28 January.
Devpolicy launches Australian aid tracker, Crawford School, 27 January.

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Tweet from the Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University.

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Debating the point of international volunteering

Ashlee participated in a panel event at the University of Melbourne on 19 November 2015, hosted by the Australian Red Cross, to debate the merits of international volunteering.

The event was titled ‘Dispelling the White Knight Complex’. Panellists included: Marc Purcell, ACFID; Peter Devereux, Curtin University; Ashlee Betteridge, Development Policy Centre; and Chrisanta Muli, Oxfam Australia. The event was chaired by broadcaster Tracee Hutchison.

Summary of discussion here.

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Women, the workforce, resources and violence: getting PNG companies to respond

Ashlee interviewed Dr Linda van Leeuwen on the role of the private sector in combatting and responding to family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

Something that I would really like resource companies to do is to actually reconceptualise gender violence, not just as a community problem or a law and order problem, or a private matter to be dealt with away from the workplace, but as a workplace safety issue.Linda van Leeuwen

Read the full interview on Devpolicy Blog.