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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…

Human Rights Day isn’t what it used to be

Former foreign ministers Bob Carr, Kevin Rudd, Stephen Smith and Alexander Downer have little in common—except that every Human Rights Day, which is today, one…

A puzzling, piddling aid cut: Australian funding for UNEP

Now, shortly after announcing a zero contribution to the UN’s Green Climate Fund (citing unidentified bilateral climate change assistance programs as sufficient), the government has…

Senate inquiry to look at aid to PNG

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee has announced today that it will hold an inquiry into bilateral aid to Papua New Guinea,…

Handle with care: results from the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index

Transparency International (TI) has just launched its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). As I explain below we need to be careful in interpreting these results,…

Timor-Leste gender assessment: some good news, some bad

A recent country gender assessment [pdf] by the ADB and UN Women shows that there has been some sound progress made on gender equality issues…

Together we can and must end violence against women

As many of you know, two core things I publicly support coincide in the month of November: raising awareness for men’s health by growing a…