Welcome to our highly anticipated 'War in the Sand Pit' conference series of videos. The conference was held in Brisbane on 12-13 May 2017, and was sponsored by Military History & Heritage Victoria, the Australian National University, and the Returned & Services League of Australia, Queensland Branch.

We hope you enjoy all the presentations which the speakers have generously agreed to share with us. The presentations represent the speakers personal views based on their own experiences, and the context relevant to them and their individual role at the time. This presentation on AusAID is delivered by David Savage, AM a former AusAID Stabilisation Advisor.

David Savage, AM was an AusAID Stabilisation Advisor with the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan from 2011-2012. He had previously worked with the Australian Federal Police, United Nations, International Crisis Group, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, throughout South and South East Asia. He became Australia's first civilian casualty in Afghanistan when his patrol was attacked by a child suicide bomber. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University.