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To find lasting solutions to the pressing development challenges of our time, we need strong partnerships. These solutions can’t be achieved by one organisation alone.

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 — Partnership for the Goals — reflects global recognition that strong partnerships are paramount to achieve the SDGs. The goals are interconnected. So achieving them depends on tackling issues in more than one goal at a time. Oxfam Australia and Monash University aim to contribute to this by working in collaboration to tackle the root causes of poverty that affect people around the world.

Since 2010, we’ve been working together to achieve greater development impact than would otherwise be possible. The Partnership is a first of its kind and has a track record of working across multiple Goals. This provides us with valuable experience and proven policy expertise to achieve key targets set out in the SDGs. In particular, we’re working towards SDG 17 (Partnership for Goals), SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

Our Mission

The mission of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership is to improve development practice and its outcomes for communities. At Oxfam Australia and Monash University, we have our individual or two missions, but we share one common goal: to improve people's lives.

By combining our different yet complementary resources — Monash’s world-class research and Oxfam’s global development experience — we can create better outcomes for the world’s most vulnerable people.


The Oxfam-Monash Partnership is overseen by the following Governance Committee:

John Thwaites – Chair

Professor John Thwaites is a Monash University Professorial Fellow and Chair of Monash Sustainable Development Institute and ClimateWorks Australia.  He is a consultant at Maddocks Solicitors providing advice to the firm and its clients on climate change, water, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. John is a Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which provides expert advice and support on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals. John was a Member of the Victorian Parliament from 1992 to 2007, and Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his parliamentary retirement.

Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong is the Chief Operating Officer of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Her career has included leadership roles with arts organisations and Government body, Arts Victoria where she was a General Manager with oversight of funding programs supporting major organisations, community-based projects and schools initiatives. Michelle's experience includes strategic planning; policy development and program delivery; project and financial management; contract management and governance; staff management and stakeholder engagement.

Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is Co-Program Lead of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership. Eleanor has 15 years' experience in consulting and project management roles in the international development, community health, legal and higher education sectors. Eleanor's expertise includes strategic planning; stakeholder engagement; contract management and governance; program management, delivery and improvement; and the translation of research to practice. Eleanor has hands-on experience in gender and development; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and child health; evidence-based practice and implementation; and organisational capacity building in developed and developing country settings. She has managed and  evaluated programs supporting diverse groups in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Thailand, including roles with the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program Support Service, the International Women's Development Agency and Oxfam Australia. Eleanor holds undergraduate qualifications in Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne and post-graduate qualifications in International Development from RMIT University.

Saba Mebrahtu Habte

Dr Saba Mebrahtu Habte is the Co-Program Lead of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership. Over the past 25 years, Dr Saba has led the design and implementation of research on nutrition and food security, gender and social inequity, across 20 countries in Asia and Africa, with a focus on the most marginalized and vulnerable people. She helped build capacities of communities, governments, civil society, academic and research institutes, and development agencies on evidence-informed multi-sector nutrition policies and programs, with quality and equity. She has over 20 years of professional development work experience with UNICEF, and has undertaken short-term consultancies with the FAO. Prior to joining the Partnership, she was the interim Head of Research and Knowledge Translation at Oxfam Australia. Saba is a member of the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network Committee, which consists of NGO and university representatives, to provide support, guidance and direction to the Network’s core objectives and activities.

Rachel Ball

Rachel Ball is the Head of Advocacy and Campaigns at Oxfam Australia, where she leads a team responsible for designing and delivering an influencing agenda that tackles the systemic causes of global poverty and inequality in areas such as labour rights, climate change, migration and natural resource management. Before joining Oxfam, Rachel worked at a range of domestic and international human rights organisations, including as Director of Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, and was a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons.

Marie Seagrave

Associate Professor, Marie Segrave, is leading scholar on the intersections of migration and labour regulation, exploitation and gendered violence. Her work is focused on human trafficking, modern slavery and gendered violence including family violence and forced marriage. Marie has received significant funding for projects from a range of funders including the Australian Research Council, UN Women and the ILO. Marie works closely with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre and the Slavery and Trafficking Research Group. Marie has published widely in her field and has contributed to national and international reviews of responses to trafficking, slavery and gendered violence.

Anthea Spinks

Anthea Spinks is currently the Director of Programs for Oxfam Australia. In this role she oversees the units within Oxfam that implement international programs across 25 countries as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programming that is implemented alongside partners in Australia. Anthea has over 15 years of experience working in international programmes with a focus on humanitarian and conflict affected contexts. Prior to her current role, Anthea worked for World Vision for over 10 years and has covered emergencies in Nepal, Haiti, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Myanmar, Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Mali and Niger.