About

Who we are

Established in September 2010, the Devpolicy Blog provides a platform for the best in aid and development analysis, research and policy comment, with global coverage and a focus on Australia, the Pacific and Papua New Guinea. As of mid-2016, Devpolicy has published over 1,500 blogs from more than 500 contributors.

The blog is run out of the Development Policy Centre housed in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

The Devpolicy Blog is edited by Stephen Howes and Camilla Burkot. You can contact the editors here.

The views expressed in this forum are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, the Development Policy Centre, or the institutions to which the authors are attached.

Comments on the blog are moderated. Differing opinions are encouraged.

For more on our blog guidelines, see this page.

Funding for Devpolicy

On Thursday 22 November 2012, Harold Mitchell AC announced a generous donation from the Harold Mitchell Foundation to the Development Policy Centre of $2.5 million over 5 years. The funding supports the Centre in its core functions of research and encouraging public discussion of aid effectiveness, the Pacific and PNG, and development policy. Funding from the Harold Mitchell Foundation is matched by a mix of cash and in-kind funding from The Australian National University and Crawford School of Public Policy. See the press release for more details.

The announcement was made at the first Harold Mitchell Development Policy lecture which was delivered by the Timor-Leste Finance Minister, Emilia Pires. The Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture is held annually and was created to provide a new forum at which the most pressing development issues can be addressed by the best minds and most influential practitioners of our time.

Additional funding (US $746,456 for the period 2014-2017) was received by the Development Policy Centre in October 2014 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to scale up our research into Australian and New Zealand aid.

We also receive funding from the Australian aid program in support of our work on Papua New Guinea in partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), and an anonymous donor provides funding to support our PNG and Pacific Greg Taylor Scholars.

What people are saying about us

Since its establishment, the Development Policy Centre at the ANU has become the preeminent research centre for aid and for development in the Asia-Pacific region, and in its first five years of existence the Centre has done some outstanding work, and I congratulate all of those who have been around to help provide support and [are] active in the Centre.

Professor Brian Schmidt AC, Vice-Chancellor, ANU

[Y]ou keep us on our toes, you do very good work at the Centre.

Peter Varghese AO, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

[T]he research, the publications, the regular blog produced by the Development Policy Centre have become must reads for anyone interested in the current state and emerging trends in international development.

Gordon Hein, Senior Vice-President of Programs, The Asia Foundation

I think the Development Policy Centre has really carved out the leading role in this country in terms of fostering and stimulating debate on development issues. For AusAID that is particularly important because, as you know, we are in the fortunate position of managing what is really unprecedented growth in the Australian aid program … It’s really critical to underpin that growth with a well informed public debate about what we are doing with the funds that are being provided to us …

Peter Baxter, former Director General, AusAID

The work the Development Policy Centre is doing is literally changing lives. I am enormously proud of the work that you have done to date and very much looking forward to the work you will do in the future.

 Andrew Leigh, MP for Fraser

I commend you for the extraordinary list of things that you have done in your first year. It really is quite remarkable.

Simon McKeon, 2011 Australian of the Year and Chancellor, Monash University

By providing a forum for discussion of aid policy and development effectiveness, the Development Policy Centre has filled an critical gap in Australia. As both private giving to overseas development and Official Development Assistance increase, the Centre is helping to create informed debate about the impact this spending is having. The Centre is supporting a flow of ideas between government, the private sector and NGOs on development, particularly in PNG and the Pacific.

 Julia Newton-Howes, CEO, CARE Australia

I think that the ANU’s Development Policy Centre is set to make a huge contribution to aid policy debates, both at home and abroad. I don’t just see it as an asset for big institutions such as AusAID, but a boon for everyone in the development field in the world.

Harold Mitchell AC, founder of the Harold Mitchell Foundation

I welcome the donation that Mr Mitchell is doing to institutions like Crawford because one of our biggest challenges is changing the mindset of our own development partners and the only way to do it is for people to actually reflect and think of what has happened before.

Emilia Pires, Finance Minister of Timor-Leste

The Centre is generating expertise, knowledge and new ideas on aid and development policy. The University is committed to enhancing public policy and the Centre is making an important contribution to achieving this objective.

Ian Young, former Vice-Chancellor, ANU

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