Communication and Complex Emergencies Project

Abstract The Communication and Complex Emergencies Project is a collaboration between the University of Adelaide’s Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU) and the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC). The project’s main objectives are to highlight the role of communication, including new and social media, in complex emergencies and in support of humanitarian assistance. The work focuses on ‘what we know’ and in doing so maps out a broad array of knowledge while focusing on the functions, strengths and limitations associated with various forms of media, from social networking and social media to radio, television, print and video. The work has a number of outputs that are designed to support each other, including: Downloads View the Social Networking, Social Media: an Annotated Bibliography on View the Social Networking, Social Media: Issues Paper on Communication and Complex Emergencies: Resource Guide on

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Women, Peace and Security: An Introductory Manual

Abstract As part of our responsibilities under Australia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, the ACMC has funded and provided technical subject matter expertise for the Women, Peace and Security: An Introductory Manual, launched today by the Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley and Ms Julie McKay, Executive Director UN Women and Gender Adviser to CDF. The ACMC and the Australian National Committee for UN Women have worked together to develop and publish a Women, Peace and Security training manual. The purpose of the manual is to increase understanding in the Australian Defence Force of Australia’s commitment to and engagement with UNSCR 1325 (including through the National Action Plan) and the broader Women, Peace and Security agenda. The Women, Peace and Security training manual will be used as a general reference guide for training sessions with civil and military audiences and will form part of the training package that Defence is developing on Women, Peace and Security. Link to the Opening Address by the Minister for Defence –  Defence Women in Peace and Security Conference Downloads View this publication on

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Sharing knowledge, driving change – the 8th International Lessons Learned Conference

Abstract The 8th International Lessons Learned Conference (ILLC), which was held in Sydney, Australia, December 2012, brought together nearly 250 participants from 24 countries to share operational lessons and to discuss how they can drive change. The event had a diverse and broad program comprising papers and presentations delivered by military, police, civilian and non-government organisation operational planners, lessons learned practitioners and academics. Under the theme of ‘Transitions’, presentations covered a wide range of topics and parallel streams offered opportunities for attendees to tailor their participation to their specific interests. With papers sourced from the international lessons community, participants appreciated the thematic format of the conference. A highlight for many was the panel that discussed the emergence of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, which is impacting on operational planning across the civil-military spectrum. Others singled out the presentations that identified organisational leadership as an essential requirement in ensuring lessons identified do not become ‘lessons lost’. In the busy operating and fiscally constrained environment faced by most organisations in 2012, it was an important reminder that resources need to be allocated to knowledge management and that lessons need to be tasked out and monitored by senior leadership if they really…

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