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  1. Wendy Levy
    Wendy Levy April 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Presumably the book mentions ADAB, the Australian Development Assistance Bureau, and AIDAB, the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau, which filled the space in between ADAA and AusAID.
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/people/485941?c=people

  2. Paul Oates
    Paul Oates April 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

    This article touches on the real issues. No one authority is bothering to look at any holistic objectives being set and then maintained and therefore taking an overarching view of what aid money is supposed to achieve.

    Secondly, the three year scramble for political new agendas in Australia leaves very little in the way of continuity of purpose.

    Thirdly, only those in Australia that have an active interest in overseas aid are in any way interested in what the government at the time is doing and why? This means that any Minister with any responsibility under any nominal overseas aid program is virtually unaccountable and never really takes any detailed interest in the program. Their PR unit and staff merely seek to impress on a shallow level of sweeping statements and quotes on total funding without any long term planning being undertaken or reviewed. The Australian press seem totally fixated on the sensational without much thought being given to the informative.

    Finally, the former head of the PNG Anti-Corruption Unit summed it up recently after the current PNG government (that reportedly is totally cash strapped), wanted an injection of Australian funds just before the next general election in order, one might suggest, to quickly distribute the largesse to buy votes via handouts to their loyal supporters. Sam Koim wrote: “Give PNG what they need, not what they want.’

    What is needed is a desire to mold all those who are interested in what Australia can achieve in terms of overseas aid together into a viable, effective and objective team. There’s the challenge for the Minister and today’s government.

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