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Nationals call for more aid to Iraq

This weekend, The Nationals, the Liberal Party’s partner in government, held its Federal Council in Canberra. In among the discussions on topics such as agriculture and…

Making progress in foreign aid research

Aid has a mixed track record. But, then again, so too does aid research and aid researchers’ commentary about aid. Vox pop aid writing often…

Violence against women in PNG: how men are getting away with murder

A new analysis paper and blog released today by the Lowy Institute, authored by journalist Jo Chandler, sheds more light on the pervasive issue of family and sexual violence…

The mess that is DFAT’s aid website

A while ago, I complained that all the project pages had been taken down from DFAT’s aid website. Now some are back, but in a…

Two-thirds of PNG businesses employ security guards: World Bank

A new World Bank series of policy briefs (summarised here) sheds light on the high costs of law and order problems for businesses operating in Papua New Guinea….

PNG gender violence in the headlines

The gender-based violence epidemic in Papua New Guinea is again making international headlines, with the broadcast of an hour-long radio documentary on the BBC World…

Does fragmentation make aid unpredictable?

We know that aid predictability is important for effectiveness. So why do donors fail to stick to their spending plans? A new working paper [pdf]…

Women’s entrepreneurship works better with friends

Women in developing countries have traditionally lagged when it comes to succeeding at entrepreneurship, despite efforts to include them. But a new randomised control trial…

Are clean cookstoves a cooked up ‘solution’ to sexual violence?

Clean cookstoves are one of the ever-growing range of technological solutions proposed to make life easier for those living in poverty. For those unfamiliar with…

Final call for papers: upcoming DevNet conference in New Zealand

From 27 to 29 November 2014, the Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet) and the University of Otago will host the biennial DevNet…