About the Hosts


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The RDI Network

The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network is a network of practitioners, researchers and evaluators working in international development. The Network exists to foster collaboration between Australian universities and NGOs in order to promote high quality and ethical development research, translated as evidence and applied to effective policy and practice. Working in close partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Network functions as a key cross-sectoral platform for shared learning and action in the international development sector.

The RDI Network began in 2009 as a partnership between ACFID Member NGOs and Australian universities, and has formerly been known as the Universities Linkages Network and the ACFID University Network. 

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University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is a top-ranked international university, and a world leader in research and education. We believe in education for all and leadership that makes lives better.

In 2017, the University of Sydney has been chosen to host the RDI conference. The University of Sydney aspires to be the leading, research-intensive university in Australia with outstanding researchers, networks and partnerships that improve the lives of our local and global communities. In international research and development these aspirations translate to a willingness to harness that excellence to address some of the vital national and global challenges of our time, and a desire to engage with the communities for whom our research has real meaning and consequence and from whom we can learn. A key strategy to realise this objective is to partner for impact with organisations and individuals with shared values and mutual goals.

We look forward to welcoming you to our main campus in Camperdown/ Darlington.