Robin Davies

Robin Davies

Robin Davies is the Associate Director of the Development Policy Centre and an Honorary Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He heads our program of research into global development policy. He was previously a member of AusAID’s senior executive service for a decade, both in Australia and overseas. Most recently he headed AusAID’s international programs and partnerships division. His policy and research interests include multilateral cooperation for development, development and climate change financing models and public-private partnerships for development. He is currently based in Geneva.

Analysis

In Brief

Snakes and ladders: Australia fades in the 2016 aid stakes

Each northern spring, the OECD releases data on Official Development Assistance (ODA) flows from the members of its Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in the most…

Milder than Tony Abbott? Trump on foreign aid

You might not expect Donald Trump to have thought or said much about foreign assistance. In fact, he has made more than a few remarks…

An update on US aid legislation

Sometimes it’s nice to be proven wrong. In our latest policy brief, on the topic of aid legislation, we highlighted several positive aspects of the…

Lazarus with a triple bypass: the ‘political parties for democracy’ program is back, and in the news

It turns out that the Howard-era Australian Political Parties for Democracy Program (APPDP) was at some point quietly exhumed, reanimated and hung like an albatross…

Malcolm Turnbull on international development

Sooner or later Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister, will need to think a little about overseas aid and the closely related topic of international climate change…

Of Osborne, Dutton, refugee costs and overseas aid budgets

Just as Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton was despatched to Europe to ask humanitarian agencies how Australia might strengthen its response to the Syria crisis,…

Pulling our weight on refugees? Nope, nope, nope

Australia, readers of The Australian have learned, is well and truly ‘pulling its weight on refugees’. Australia is said to be the most generous receiver…

Sticker shock: what the AIIB will cost the Australian aid program

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) membership debate was largely a foreign policy circus, resulting in a chorus of views to the effect that China…

The development of northern Australia: a little aid, and more Pacific labour

Early in 2013, it seemed that northern Australia might become a major beneficiary of Australia’s aid program. A leaked draft of the Coalition’s discussion paper…

Is the Australian government about to count military deployments as foreign aid?

From this Sydney Morning Herald report, you would think so: Australia will begin to count the costs of its military and police deployments in humanitarian…