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The new Senate crossbench and aid

Ashlee summarised the views of the likely members of the Senate crossbench on Australian aid, climate change and refugees following the July 2016 Federal Election. >> Read the post (Photo credit: The Skewer)
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Are PNG’s family and sexual violence police units working?

Ashlee summarised and assessed a recent evaluation of PNG’s family and sexual violence policing units on the Devpolicy Blog. Read the full blog post here.
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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. 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
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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
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The persistently high cost of Pacific remittances

With Stephen Howes, Ashlee analysed the World Bank’s Remittance Prices Worldwide database to show that, despite efforts by government in Australia and NZ, the cost of sending remittances to Pacific island countries had not decreased in more than two years. Read the full blog post here. Ashlee also gave two radio interviews on the findings
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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. Read the full interview on Devpolicy Blog.
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The SDGs, gender and Beyoncé: feminist, but not flawless

In a fun take on gender in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, now known as The Global Goals), Ashlee draws inspiration from a Beyoncé song to analyse the feminist credentials of the goals. The verdict? The goals are feminist, but not flawless. And there is much work to do if they are to achieve their ambitions
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Fifty years of coordination against the odds: a history of ACFID

On the Devpolicy Blog, Ashlee reviews a new book by ANU academic Patrick Kilby on the history of the Australian Council for International Development. Read the review here.
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Coverage of cuts to Australian Volunteer program in 2015 budget

Ashlee analysed the impact of the 30 per cent cut to the Australian Volunteers for International Development in the 2015 Federal Budget on the Devpolicy Blog. In an analysis piece, she looked at what the cut could mean for the future of the program. “Consolidation seems to be the only logical step. But even then,
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Women’s economic empowerment and Australian aid: more work to be done

Ashlee Betteridge and Stephen Howes review the Office of Development Effectiveness Evaluation on women’s economic empowerment and Australian aid. Read the full post here.
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Dame Carol Kidu on why things are getting tougher for PNG’s women

Ashlee interviewed Dame Carol Kidu, a tireless campaigner for the rights of women and girls in Papua New Guinea, in October 2014 for the Devpolicy Blog. Read the full interview here.
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Coverage of gender-based violence issues in PNG and the Pacific

Through the ‘In Brief’ section of the Devpolicy Blog and interviews, Ashlee has been covering the latest news and research on gender-based violence in PNG and the Pacific region. Interview examples:  Voice and agency: Jeni Klugman on the World Bank’s gender empowerment report  (23 October 2014) PNG’s violence epidemic and the medical response: in conversation with
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Book review: Indonesia Etc. by Elizabeth Pisani

A recent book review of Indonesia Etc. for the Devpolicy Blog. Elizabeth Pisani, a former newswire journalist who was based in Jakarta during the Suharto era before making a career change into epidemiology, has previously brought us The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS. Her latest offering, Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation, takes
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Indonesia, Australia and aid

Ashlee wrote a popular and widely circulated op-ed style piece for the Devpolicy Blog, after aid to Indonesia was implicated in the diplomatic fallout surrounding the executions of two Australians in Indonesia for drug trafficking. Read the full piece here. It was also republished on the website of the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU.
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Coverage of developments in Australian aid

Through the ‘In Brief’ section of the Devpolicy Blog, Ashlee regularly covers the latest developments in Australian aid and development policy. Some examples: International development and Pacific elevated in Turnbull reshuffle (20 September 2015) Julie Bishop on the aid cuts: “fair and appropriate” (19 May 2015) More aid cuts? It’s news to Julie Bishop (23 March
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Why is Timor-Leste trying to restrict the media?

This blog post analyses the proposed media law in Timor-Leste, which some commentators fear threatens press freedom, in the context of the wider challenges facing the Timor-Leste media. Read the full post on the Devpolicy Blog.
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Combatting the family and sexual violence epidemic in Papua New Guinea: submission to parliamentary inquiry

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the human rights subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into and report on the human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean – Asia Pacific region. Given the wide scope of the terms of
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Australian aid and the Asia Pacific: how much will change?

An overview of the recent developments and changes in Australian aid for the cogitAsia blog at the Center for International & Strategic Studies. Read the full blog post here.
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Hi, I’m Ashlee.

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
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Video: Birth registration in Timor-Leste — Plan

I filmed and edited this video on birth registration in Timor-Leste to train colleagues on basic video production skills, while sharing information on the importance of birth registration. Video narrated by Maria Nunes. View on YouTube.
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Plan Timor-Leste: Photography in campaigns

My photography in Timor-Leste has been used in multiple campaigns by Plan International. Because I am a Girl campaign – featured photo on international website (see featured image above). Plan 75th anniversary/Count Every Child – featured photo gallery
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Photography — Plan Timor-Leste

At Plan Timor-Leste part of my responsibilities include taking professional quality photographs in the field, as well as providing basic photography training to staff. The photographs are used to promote Plan’s work internationally. View a slideshow of images taken for Plan Timor-Leste.
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Sweet business success for women in Lautem — AlertNet/Plan

Maria (28) prepares cake batter in her kitchen in Louro, Lautem, Timor Leste while her son looks on. After receiving vocational training from Plan, she has started a small baking business with four other women. Plan/Ashlee Betteridge A story on a successful bakery project started by women participating in one of Plan Timor-Leste’s youth livelihoods
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Photography — Floriade 2011

Photographs from the 2011 Floriade festival in Canberra, Australia. View full set here.
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Photography — New Orleans

Gumbo, jazz, Po’ Boys and poverty. New Orleans sure is a tapestry. I spent Christmas 2010 in the Big Easy and took a lot of photographs. View the slideshow here. Also, see this blog post about how the Christmas quiet laid bare the problems with poverty in the city.
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Feature — Touring the Sidoarjo Mudflow

Indonesian politicians have suggested the Lapindo mudflow disaster site near Sidoarjo, East Java, could be turned into an ecological tourism attraction.  However, those that have already been taking disaster tourists around the area for more than four years disagree. Written in May 2010, published online March 2011. Read the story here
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Photography — Malaysian Eats

In 2009 and 2010, I spent several weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Melaka in Malaysia exploring the local food scene. View an image slideshow here (opens in new window)
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Photography — Sidoarjo Mudflow Disaster

The Sidoarjo mudflow disaster has affected numerous villages in the Porong subdistrict of East Java, leaving many homeless.  The mud volcano, which continues to expel mud at a rate of 30,000-100,000 cubic metres a day, is believed to have been triggered in 2006 by poor practices used by the oil company PT Lapindo Brantas when
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Yogyakarta Travel Guide — Travelfish

I compiled the original travel guide for Yogyakarta in Central Java for Southeast Asia’s most respected independent travel site, Travelfish, during mid-2010.  Work included researching history and general information, writing detailed guides to attractions, hotel and guesthouse reviews and photography. View the guide here
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Aceh’s Tsunami Museum a Hollow Attempt — Jakarta Globe

Aceh’s Tsunami Museum is full of possibility. Unfortunately, that’s about all it is full of at the moment. The walls designed for exhibitions remain bare and white. The top floor, which includes a rooftop garden that has been designed to be used as an escape point should another tsunami ever strike, remains closed to visitors.
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Piece of Mind: Dearest Indonesia, Stop Trying to Kill Me — Jakarta Globe

Indonesia, babe. Honey. It’s been a year and a half since we first got together and it’s been great. There’s been tough times too, we both know it, but I’ve honestly fallen head over heels for you. But, I’m sorry, I have to bring this up. I know it’s hard to talk about and we’ve
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Cooking Class Offers Taste of Balinese Fare — Jakarta Globe

The cooking classes at Janet de Neefe’s Casa Luna Cooking School give an excellent insight into the spices, produce and culture of Bali. “Spicy, zingy, fresh-tasting, unusual and “I want some more of that one” were just some of the descriptors being thrown around.” Story and photos by Ashlee Betteridge. Read the full story online.
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Piece of Mind: Travelers’ Visa Woes on the Road — Jakarta Globe

The failings of Indonesia’s travel visa system is the one of the topics of conversation among travelers in the nation’s hostels and guesthouses. Read full story online. Published in the Jakarta Globe newspaper on May 18, 2010.
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Piece of Mind: Studying Bahasa Indonesia, One Word at a Time — Jakarta Globe

I’m currently holed up in Yogyakarta, spending six hours a day doing intensive one-on-one Indonesian language classes and the rest of the time wandering around my neighborhood in a dazed state, like I’ve become stoned on the complexity of transitive and intransitive verbs. Read the full story online. Published in the Jakarta Globe newspaper on
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Nasi Campur: Rice With a Side of Serendipity — Jakarta Globe

Every nasi campur has a story.  Six short reviews of restaurants and street stalls in Bali selling one of Indonesia’s classic dishes.  Photos and story by Ashlee Betteridge.  Published in the Jakarta Globe newspaper, April 2, 2010. Read the story online
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The Sleepy Charm of Pangandaran — Jakarta Globe

Travel story about the attractions in Pangandaran, West Java, where the tourism industry is recovering after a 2006 tsunami destroyed the town.  Published in the Jakarta Globe on March 22, 2010.  Story and photos by Ashlee Betteridge. Read the story online here
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Kiss, Kiss, Fun, Fun at Bali’s Omed-Omedan Festival — Jakarta Globe

Parents making their teenagers kiss in public? A village in Bali does so once a year.   Story about Bali’s omed-omedan kissing festival, published in the Jakarta Globe on March 20, 2010. Story and photos by Ashlee Betteridge. Read the story online here
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A Bali without bogans, touts and yoga — Crikey

Piece for Crikey’s Back in a Bit blog about Bali’s Nyepi day of silence.  Published March 18, 2010. Read the blog here.
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Bali Tiptoes Into New Year — Jakarta Globe

Bali welcomes the beginning of the Saka New Year with a whole lot of noise, then a whole lot of silence. Published in the Jakarta Globe newspaper on March 15, 2010.  Story and photographs by Ashlee Betteridge Read the story online See more pictures from the event on my blog
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Group Uses Twitter Power to Give Milk to Jakarta’s Street Kids — Jakarta Globe

The power of social networking Web site Twitter is being harnessed by an online Indonesian parenting community to improve the nutrition of children living on Jakarta’s streets. Published in Jakarta Globe newspaper and online, Jan. 14 2010. Written with Putri Prameshwari. Read online version
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Indonesian News Celebrity Deathmatches — Jakarta Globe

On MTV, there used to be a television show where claymation versions of celebrities dueled it out to the death. It was creatively titled “Celebrity Deathmatch.” Somehow, it came up in a recent conversation with a friend. And that got me thinking: What would happen if we pitted animated figurines of some of this year’s
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My Jakarta: Rob Daniel, Climate Change Diplomat — Jakarta Globe

Rob Daniel, the first secretary for climate change and economics at the British Embassy in Jakarta, is one of the people who has been busily working behind the scenes leading up to this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Denmark. He spoke with Ashlee Betteridge about Indonesia’s preparations ahead of the summit and the environmental
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Why is the weight debate full of so much hate? — The Punch

A first person opinion piece about how the public discourse around obesity and weight is loaded with vitriol.  By Ashlee Betteridge.  Published on The Punch November 5, 2009. Read it here.
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Where the dragons still roam — ACIJ’s Reportage

In a country where environmental crimes still go largely unchecked, Indonesia’s Komodo National Park provides proof that conservation and ecotourism efforts really can make a difference — but there’s always more to be done. By Ashlee Betteridge. Published in the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism’s Reportage online magazine on October 26, 2009. Read story
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Geocities Closure Sparks a Walk Down Geek Kid Memory Lane — Jakarta Globe

Lighthearted story for the Jakarta Globe’s Piece of Mind column about the closure of web site hosting service Geocities, where I built my very first (very ugly) web page as a child. Published in print and online on October 19, 2009. View web article
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Screams of panic as the earth moves in Jakarta — Crikey.com.au

Eyewitness report from when the 7.0 Java earthquake struck in Jakarta on Wednesday September 2, 2009. Published in Crikey’s subscriber-only newsletter on Thursday September 3, 2009.  Later released on Crikey Web site. Read article I also reported on the earthquake for several ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) radio stations, doing live interviews with breakfast radio shows
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Nationalism Swells Online in Wake of Jakarta Bombings — Jakarta Globe

Following the bombing of two luxury hotels in Jakarta on July 17, 2009, Indonesians turned to social networking sites in greater numbers than ever before to share news and unite, with online groups fuelling post-bombing nationalism.  Published on Jakarta Globe website and in print. Web-only story version Print version
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Manohara’s Newest Drama — Jakarta Globe

A humorous review of teenage socialite-model Manohara Odelia Pinot’s sinetron (soap opera).  Published in the Jakarta Globe newspaper on July 25, 2009. Read online version
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Indonesia heads to the polls — Crikey.com.au

Today Indonesia will head to the polls to directly elect its president, for only the second time ever in history. Freelance Australian journalist Ashlee Betteridge reports from Jakarta. Published on crikey.com.au, as well as in the subscriber only newsletter, on July 8 2009. Read online
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