The report from the Senate inquiry into the delivery and effectiveness of Australian aid to PNG was recently released. It's a mixed bag, with recommendations that range from eminently sensible to highly puzzling, writes Research Officer Camilla Burkot.
The 2016-17 Federal Budget saw the aid budget cut by $224 million. This brings the Australian aid budget to its lowest level ever as a percentage of GNI, just 0.23%. The small silver lining, Stephen Howes writes, is that this year's budget should mark the end of cuts to the aid program for the forseeable future.
In late April, the PNG Supreme Court ruled that Australia's detention centre on Manus Island is unconstitutional. The case will undoubtedly make its mark in the history of PNG-Australia relations, write Bal Kama.
According to recent OECD estimates of 2015 aid flows, Australia has again fallen in rankings of ODA to GNI, ODA per capita, and aid volume. Associate Director Robin Davies and Research Officer Ashlee Betteridge examine Australian and global ODA trends.
Aid transparency advocate Publish What You Fund recently rated Australia 'fair' when it comes to performance on aid transparency. Associate Director Robin Davies takes a closer look at some third-party options for exploring Australian aid down to the activity level.
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Robin Davies writes for The Conversation.
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Stephen Howes on Radio National Breakfast.
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Robin Davies writes for The Guardian.