Analysis

In Brief

A case for the Commonwealth (at last!)

I don’t know any Australian who thinks we should not be a member of the Commonwealth. It is part of our history and heritage. Even…

A decent injection: Australian funding for Gavi

It was announced overnight that the Gavi Alliance has succeeded in its aim of raising US$7.5 billion in funding from sovereign and private donors to support…

Gates’ annual letter makes big bet on a bright future

The 2015 Gates letter came out last week, and as usual, it is a gust of optimism underneath the sails of development believers, making a…

Pacific Economic Monitor launched in Vanuatu

The ADB’s Pacific Economic Monitor (PEM) is now well established as a biannual flagship publication of the bank, but a new milestone was achieved on…

Australia set to take a tumble in international aid rankings

According to the latest World Bank data, Australia is the tenth largest OECD economy and the fourth richest (that is, it has the fourth highest…

No dream job: Steven Ciobo appointed as Julie Bishop’s parliamentary secretary

Following Tony Abbott’s pre-Christmas frontbench reshuffle, Queensland MP Steven Ciobo replaces Brett Mason as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. This is mostly…

Christmas development goodies

After the last week’s news you will probably be striving to avoid thinking about aid, development, or the problems of the world more generally over…

A forgotten report: Taskforce Sweep’s recommendations for reducing corruption in PNG

In October this year, Papua New Guinea’s Taskforce Sweep released the findings of its investigation into inadequacies of oversight of key government departments. These included…

Pre-Christmas aid cuts on the horizon?

The NGO and aid community is in battle mode again after an article in the Australian Financial Review last week [paywalled] suggested that Treasurer Joe…

Right second time: Australia thaws on the Green Climate Fund

Here’s a large understatement: it cannot have been easy for the government to reverse its decision on participation in the UN Green Climate Fund, as just announced…