August 2018

Article: Tracking progress on localization: PIANGO – Fiji Broadcasting Corporation 

The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (PIANGO) today launched a report on ‘localization’ in the Pacific.

Executive director Emele Duituturaga says localization in this context means recognizing, respecting and strengthening leadership by local authorities and the capacity of local civil society in humanitarian action in order to address the needs of affected people in times of natural disasters.

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13 August 2018

Article: PIANGO special report launch – by Jessica Savike, The Fiji Times 

There needs to be attention given to locally led responses in communities. This was highlighted by the Executive Director of PIANGO Emele Duituturaga during the launch of their special report called tracking progress on localisation: a Pacific perspective.

She stated that during the world humanitarian summit one of the big issues was of localisation and PIANGO was determined to do something about this.

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6 August 2018

Article: New Research Looks at Diversity in Humanitarian Leadership – by Lisa Cornish, Devex

Is a lack of diversity at the leadership level stymying the humanitarian sector’s ability to address sexual harassment and exploitation? It is a question the Humanitarian Advisory Group, with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is aiming to answer.


A new discussion paper, launched on August 1, marks the beginning of two years of research into humanitarian leadership and the impact of diversity in decision making with the aim to build an evidence base for why diversity matters. Kate Sutton, director of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, spoke with Devex about the need for the research and the impact it hopes to create.

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3 August 2018

Angry Iraqis, fed-up Nicaraguans, and a Mosul blooper: The Cheat Sheet, IRIN News 

The leadership of humanitarian organisations is among the world’s most inclusive and diverse, right? After all, the global aid industry works to relieve suffering, improve lives, and protect some of the world’s most vulnerable — and diverse — populations. Well, maybe it’s time to think again, a new discussion paper from Melbourne-based Humanitarian Advisory Group suggests. After reviewing studies on leadership diversity published over the last eight years, the report’s authors conclude that “humanitarian leadership is not adequately diverse across gender, ethnicity, race, disability, or age”. This lack of diversity includes the conspicuous dominance of “Anglo-Saxon men” in decision-making positions, while women are “greatly under-represented” in leadership roles across the UN.

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12 June 2018

Article: New Guidance helps Humanitarian Organisations Support Sexual and Gender Minorities – by Lisa Cornish, Devex

A commitment from humanitarian organizations to “leave no one behind” has yet to see one important and vulnerable group included: Sexual and gender minorities.

But the Humanitarian Advisory Group believes that important steps can be taken to plan, prepare, implement, and monitor emergency responses so that they are inclusive of all — including LGBTQ communities. In a recent practice paper released by the group, first steps to delivering responses and services — that truly leave no one behind — are highlighted.

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26 MAY 2018

Article: Measuring localisation in the Pacific – by Luke Nacei, The Fiji Times 

On Friday 25th May, PIANGO, in partnership with Humanitarian Advisory Group, convened a roundtable workshop of partners from government, civil society and regional organisations to discuss how localisation should be measured.

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28 MARCH 2018

Article: New Report Highlights Gender Inequality in Humanitarian Media – by Carolina Are, Humanitarian News Research Network

“New research from the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) asks how often women speak within news stories about humanitarian issues – with depressingly predictable results. In this article, we provide a summary of the report, which also suggests ways of improving gender equality in media representations of the humanitarian sector.”

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16 MARCH 2018

Article: What does it take to create better representation for women in humanitarian media? – by Lisa Cornish, Devex

“Gender parity in humanitarian media remains an elusive goal when it comes to both sources and reporters, new research by the Humanitarian Advisory Group concludes. The paper, “Women’s voice in humanitarian media. No surprises,” was presented March 8 at a Melbourne forum where media teams from humanitarian NGOs discussed how to better enable female voices in the media — an important tool to influence social change.”

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28 FEBRUARY 2018

Podcast: Director, Humanitarian Advisory Group. How Listening Can Make It Better

A Podcast where we explore how thoughtful people from Government, the Private Sector, Social Enterprise, and nonprofits are trying to make the world a better place. Listen to their case, and see if you want to help, if not, then just enjoy listening to someone with a very different perspective.

“Beth Eggleston is the founder of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, an organization that tries to help governments, militaries, and nonprofits more effectively accomplish their goals in disaster-struck areas.  She describes how she tries to help everyone recognize their shared humanity, and deeply listen to each other about the solutions for the way ahead.”

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14 FEBRUARY 2018

Audio recording: 2018 Australasian Aid Conference – Joint funding mechanisms for humanitarian response

The 2018 Australasian Aid Conference was held at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, on 13-14 February, and was organised by the Development Policy Centre in partnership with The Asia Foundation.

In a time where the humanitarian funding gap is greater than ever before, humanitarian agencies are required to think innovatively and creatively about how to meet this need to meet current and future mandates. Humanitarian Advisory Group’s recent desk research and subsequent think piece present an exploration and critical examination of evidence of the effectiveness of joint funding mechanisms, including the advantages and risks for the sector. This panel presents some of those findings bring together key players to discuss the issues outlined in the think piece, particularly the appropriateness and viability of establishing a joint funding mechanism in the Australian context.

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14 FEBRUARY 2018

Audio recording: 2018 Australasian Aid Conference – Plenary – the Three-Minute Aid Pitch (3MAP)

The 2018 Australasian Aid Conference was held at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, on 13-14 February, and was organised by the Development Policy Centre in partnership with The Asia Foundation.

What does Australian aid and international development policy need more or less of? This panel presents the best, the most original, the most transformational, the most innovative ideas to get more bang from the $4 billion buck that is the Australian aid program. And to get some new ideas on how to do international development policy differently and better. Following the 3-Minute-Thesis format, rival advocates battled it out for audience votes. For something quick and different, don’t miss 3MAP: the Three Minute Aid Pitch.

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22 DECEMBER 2017

Article: Crisis listicles, localisation in practice, and long-term dangers in Burundi: The Cheat Sheet – IRIN

“Local NGOs and civil society groups have become increasingly frustrated with the status quo, where there’s a striking power imbalance between locals and the international agencies that swoop in when disasters hit. A new report from the Humanitarian Advisory Group looks at how this dynamic has played out during the Rohingya refugee crisis – a rare appraisal of “localisation” in practice during an unfolding emergency. The findings describe some familiar patterns: only four percent of funding has gone to local NGOs, for example, while international aid workers continue to dominate key decision-making roles.”

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28 NOVEMBER 2017

Article: Career questions and answers for development students – Lisa Cornish, Devex

“With the development and humanitarian sectors continually evolving, students seeking a career in the sector need to be better prepared to make use of the opportunities available. In association with the Master of Development Studies program at the University of Melbourne, the Humanitarian Advisory Group is seeking to do just that.”

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17 JULY 2017

Article: Aid world needs new approaches and different leaders – Kate Sutton, Humanitarian Advisory Group 

“I have been a humanitarian aid worker for more than 20 years. It took 10 years for me to have a boss who was a woman; six male bosses, four countries (including Afghanistan, Albania, Ethiopia and Australia) and two organisations before I reported to a woman. It took 15 years for me to realise this was an issue; and another five to be able to do something about it.”

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27 MARCH 2017

Article: Humanitarian Advisory Group explains how NGOs can push for gender equality at the top – by Lisa Cornish, Devex

“For the humanitarian and development sector, new research from the Humanitarian Advisory Group identifies an important gap in achieving equal representation at the top of NGOs: data. The report, Women in Humanitarian Leadership, researched available data and information finding five key research gaps, including lack of representation from the sector in global research reports, inadequate evidence of the impact of women in humanitarian leadership on programs, and little evidence on the role of mentoring in creating female leaders in the sector.”

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21 JULY 2016

Article: Visible female leaders help change male perceptions – by Claire Steward, Australian Financial Review 

A new research project is working on how to translate hard lessons learned in the private sector, to start making inroads on gender equality in the humanitarian world. The founding co-director of the all-female Humanitarian Advisory Group, Kate Sutton, said the group has teamed with Deakin University to ascertain why boosting the number of senior women in their sector has been so difficult.

“We’re asking how does it work in the banking sector, or the private sector and what lessons can we transfer,” she said.

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Book review: The Confidence Code, Australian Financial Review

Kate Sutton reviews Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s The Confidence Code in the Australian Financial Review.

“Have you ever wondered what confidence is and why it can be so elusive? Why men often seem more confident than women? Whether less confidence equates to less success? Are women held back by a lack of confidence? If so, what can be done about it? If any of these questions resonates with you then this book will provide a fascinating read.”

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