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The Praxis Discussion Series was established by the World Bank office in Sydneymarker, Australia in order to provide a forum to discuss ideas, approaches, initiatives and policy pertinent to international development. Launched in January 2009 in partnership with Australian public affairs television channel A-PAC, the series aims to stimulate debate and promote the exchange of ideas. A one hour panel-style program, the show is recorded once a month at the World Bank office.

Each session features three specialists on a select topic relating to international development. To coincide with the World Bank's work in the Pacific region, a World Bank representative is usually a part of the panel, joined by two other guest speakers providing different perspectives on the issue at hand.

An audience made up of representatives from Australian government departments, civil society and non-government organisations, and the private sector, as well as various academics and students, are invited to take part in a Question and Answer session following the presentations by the panelists.

Discussions are also broadcast in Fijimarker, Samoamarker, and Papua New Guineamarker, while the World Bank's YouTube channel provides content online.

Past Discussions

Topic Date Speakers
Migration and Remittances Wednesday 21 January, 2009 Manjula Luthria, World Bank; Nic Maclellan, Freelance journalist and researcher; Edward (Ted) Wolfers, University of Wollongongmarker; Mark Getchell, International Organization for Migration
Global Financial Crisis Friday 20 February, 2009 Vikram Nehru, World Bank; Mark Thirlwell, Lowy Institute; Tim Harcourt, Austrade
Climate Change Monday 23 March, 2009 Wanita Limpus, Kiribati Australia Association; Paul Gilding, Independent writer and advisor; Marianne Grosclaude, World Bank
Energy Tuesday 28 April, 2009 Dr. Mark Diesendorf, University of NSWmarker; Jack Whelan, The Foundation for Development Cooperation; Tendai Gregan, World Bank
Education Monday 25 May, 2009 Archie Law, ActionAid; Felicity Mitchell, teacher and former Australian Youth Ambassador; Barbra Daufanamae, student from Solomon Islandsmarker; Stephen Close, World Bank.
Technology Monday 29 June, 2009 Margaret Duckett, Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific; Jonathan Greenacre, Clayton Utz and Step Safe; Greg Tucker, Payment Services Ltd. and Money Mover Systems.
Gender Monday 20 July, 2009 The Hon. Duncan Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs; Sarah Marland, Amnesty International; Sonali Bishop, International Finance Corporationmarker (IFC).
Health Tuesday 25 August, 2009 The Hon. Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance; Tim Costello, World Vision; Stephen Close, World Bank.
Development in Post-Conflict States Monday 21 September, 2009 Kanthan Shankar, World Bank; Mark McGillivray, AusAID; and Michael Smith, Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence.
Climate Change 2 Monday 26 October, 2009 Robert Hill, Australian Carbon Trust and University of Sydney; Brian Dawson, AusAID; and Charles Feinstein, World Bank.
Youth Monday 16 November, 2009 Carolyn hardy, UNICEF Australia; Joel Kalpram, ni-Vanuatu student; Fabia Shah, AusAID.


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