The RDI Committee is pleased to welcome its newest member, Dr Joshua Bird. Joshua is the Program Quality Advisor at ChildFund Australia and offers a wealth of diverse experience in the international development sector which will see him bring unique perspectives to the strategic leadership body of the Network.
The RDI Network is thankful for the support of ChildFund Australia in facilitating Joshua’s nomination to the Committee, and supporting his ongoing contribution.
Joshua is introduced in his bio below:
By sharing practical experiences and understanding from across our countries of program operation, and building and nurturing networks and relationships with Australian academics and researchers, I hope we can work together to improve the quality and utility of research for development.
Joshua Bird, ChildFund Australia
“Over almost fifteen years in the international development field, I have worked at all ends of development – from donor (AusAID), to INGO (Fred Hollows Foundation) to community-based NGO (EarthRights International). My diverse experiences also include roles with statutory bodies (Australian Human Rights Commission) and academic institutions (Lund University, The University of Sydney).
As an experienced international development practitioner, with a background working with and for academic institutions, I have seen first-hand how effective, targeted research can be applied to address development challenges. One key example of this is my work for Lund University’s Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), where I helped establish China’s first Human Rights Law Masters program with China’s Peking University Law School. I also managed academic capacity-building programs with the Chinese University of Politics and Law and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Similarly, in my positions at the University of Sydney both as Researcher and PhD Candidate (China Studies Centre) and International Relations Manager (Office for Global Health), I worked closely with internationals academics to conduct and coordinate research and organise relevant forums and events.
In my current role as Program Quality Advisor at ChildFund Australia, I have a suite of relevant responsibilities, including conducting trainings and program evaluations, reviewing in-country research activities, and improving program quality across our six country offices. It is my hope that through the RDI Network, ChildFund Australia will be able to continue to provide an NGO perspective on the network’s activities, in a way that ensures its work meets the needs of Australia’s international development sector. By sharing practical experiences and understanding from across our countries of program operation, and building and nurturing networks and relationships with Australian academics and researchers, I hope we can work together to improve the quality and utility of research for development.”
The RDI Committee consist of 13 individuals, and provides strategic leadership and oversight of the RDI Network. Its members are drawn from ACFID Full and Affiliate Members, and elected on a rotational three-yearly basis.