About the Hosts

 The RDI Network

logo rdiThe 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.


La Trobe University

latrobe logoFor over 50 years La Trobe University has continued to seek knowledge, challenge convention and change the way people think.  The University was established to broaden participation in higher education amongst Victoria’s most disadvantaged communities. This mission has endured since the first 511 La Trobe University students were enrolled in 1967 and continues as a key priority. Today La Trobe educates more than 36,000 students – including over 8,000 international students from some 90 countries – across a connected campus network. The University is committed to the pursuit of research that makes a difference to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Home to the Institute for Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe Asia, and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, the University is linked to a wide range of development practice including through its connection to the Developmental Leadership Program.

The venue for RDI Conference 2019 - La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus - is ideally situated within a short drive from the airport and the Yarra Valley wine region, and with direct public transport access to the Melbourne CBD. With a capacity of 450 people, the Agora theatre is the ideal conference venue.