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).
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.
Pam Anders is the Director of Public Engagement at Oxfam Australia, where she is responsible for fundraising, marketing, communications, media relations, campaigns, public policy and advocacy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs. Prior to working at Oxfam, Pam served as the Director of WorkHealth at WorkSafe Victoria, and as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Premier of Victoria, and Chief Of Staff in the Office of the Treasurer of Victoria.
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.
Katie Greenwood is the Acting Associate Director of Strategy at Oxfam Australia where she is responsible for Program Performance, Business Development and Program Expertise encompassing technical advisory functions across Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Gender, Youth Active Citizenship and Research. Prior to working with Oxfam in Melbourne, Katie's work has focussed on the Pacific – most recently as Country Director for Oxfam in Solomon Islands.
Jacqui True is the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, and is a specialist in gender, development and international relations. Prior to her role at Monash, Jacqui has also worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland and an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Michigan State University. She has a PhD in Political Science from York University in Toronto, and her research interests lie in gender mainstreaming and global governance; gender, peace building and conflict; and violence against women.
Fang Lee Cooke
Professor Fang Lee Cooke is Associate Dean (Graduate Research) and Distinguished Professor (Human Resource Management and Asia Studies), Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. Prior to joining Monash University, Fang was Professor at Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. She has also held positions at RMIT (Deputy Head of School of Management), and Zhongshan University in China. Her research interests are in the area of employment relations, gender studies, diversity management, strategic HRM, knowledge management and innovation, outsourcing, Chinese outward FDI and employment of Chinese migrants, and HRM in the care sector.
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.