Stephen Howes

Stephen Howes

Stephen Howes is the Director of the Development Policy Centre and a Professor of Economics at the Crawford School. Stephen served in senior economic positions for a decade at the World Bank before becoming AusAID’s first Chief Economist. In 2011 he was a member of Australia’s Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness.

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Devpolicy hosts roundtable on Solomons’ labour mobility

Yesterday, Devpolicy, in collaboration with and at the request of the Solomon Islands High Commission, hosted a roundtable on the participation of Solomon Islanders in…

Joe Hockey on aid on Q&A

A question on aid popped up in a Q&A grilling of Treasurer Joe Hockey last night and the Treasurer clearly found it to be a challenge. National…

PNG Update Writers' Workshop

PNG Update Writers’ Workshop

 On Friday May 1, UPNG and ANU academics collaborated to run the 2015 PNG Update Writers’ Workshop. Designed for junior researchers and practitioners, the workshop provided…

Australia set to take a tumble in international aid rankings

According to the latest World Bank data, Australia is the tenth largest OECD economy and the fourth richest (that is, it has the fourth highest…

Pre-Christmas aid cuts on the horizon?

The NGO and aid community is in battle mode again after an article in the Australian Financial Review last week [paywalled] suggested that Treasurer Joe…

Should Australia try to re-establish democracy in Fiji using its aid program?

Should Australia try to re-establish democracy in Fiji using its aid program? Jenny Hayward-Jones thinks that we should. The Fiji elections held in September are…

UPNG hiring round for economists, and more…

The University of Papua New Guinea is running another large recruitment round. UPNG is after economists – from lecturers all the way through to professor – and also…

Australia’s humanitarian shortfall

As reported here, the 2014 Humanitarian Assistance Report puts a disturbing spotlight on Australia’s paltry and diminishing humanitarian effort. We are ranked 19th out of 20 for humanitarian…

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…

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]…