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Upcoming event: Does official development assistance have a future?

The end of official development assistance (ODA) has been confidently predicted for decades. But a funny thing happened at the end of the 90s. A…

African Development Bank Bill to face inquiry

The bill for an act to enable Australia to join the African Development Bank (AfDB) has been referred to a senate inquiry, opening the door…

A clean break from Doing Business rankings

An Independent Review Panel established to comprehensively review the World Bank’s annual Doing Business report released their final report on Monday, calling for the Bank…

US food aid reform rejected by House of Reps

The US food aid reforms, which I wrote on in this earlier piece for the blog, were rejected by the House of Representatives on Wednesday…

Progress in women’s representation in the Pacific

The issue of women’s representation in political life in the Pacific is fraught and as, we were recently reminded, our region languishes at the bottom…