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Aotearoa New Zealand Development Studies Network

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The Aotearoa New Zealand Development Studies network (DevNet) came about to link together New Zealand's 'development community' to foster dialogue and information sharing. In 1993, Massey University organised the 'Development that Works: Lessons from the Asia Pacific' conference. It brought together for the first time a diverse array of development representatives to discuss successful (and not so successful) initiatives and the lessons learned from these.

Between 1995 and 1997, three Development Studies programmes were running in New Zealand universities (Auckland, Massey and Victoria). To maintain cooperation and information sharing, together with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's development division (the earlier manifestation of NZAID), and the Council for International Development (CID), the development departments sought closer links with the wider development community. After consultation, in 1997, the Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet) was officially established to link development studies programmes, students of development, development practitioners, non-governmental organisations and donor agencies together as a way to share information and cooperate on activities of mutual interest.

Following DevNet's establishment, the network was located at the University of Auckland. In November 1998, DevNet's secretariat was moved to Dev-Zone,[1] a programme of the Development Resource Centre.[2] DevNet has one representative from each New Zealand university, as well as one at CID, Global Focus and NZAID.

With over 2,000 members, DevNet's members have access to the Aotearoa New Zealand development research database, a calendar of development events and notices, discussion forums, information on Development Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand and other useful links. Monthly Updates are sent out by the secretariat.[3]


DevNet holds Development Studies conferences every two years.[4]

Poverty, Prosperity and Progress, Development Resource Centre, Wellington, December 2000

Contesting Development: Pathways to Better Practice, Massey University, Palmerston North, December 2002

Development on the Edge, Auckland University, December 2004

Southern Perspectives on Development: Dialogue or Division? University of Otago, Dunedin, December 2006

Peripheral Vision, Victoria University of Wellington, December 2008


  1. Dev-Zone was a programme of the Development Resource Centre (now called Global Focus Aotearoa) [1] Archived 2010-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. The Development Resource Centre - now called Global Focus Aotearoa, a Wellington-based NGO. [2] Archived 2010-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "DevNet's structure and purpose". Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-05-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. DevNet Conference

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