Stephen Howes

Stephen Howes

Professor Stephen Howes is the Director of the Development Policy Centre. Stephen worked for a decade as an economist at the World Bank before becoming AusAID’s first Chief Economist. He joined the Australian National University in 2008.

Analysis

In Brief

Want your own immigration queue? Host Australian asylum seekers

Last September, coming back from PNG via Brisbane, I noticed this sign (left) promising PNG citizens their own queue for quick entry into Australia. And…

Australia’s aid ranking takes a tumble

New data released by the OECD has surprised everyone by showing that OECD foreign aid increased in 2013 to a record $US135 billion, above its…

Finding common ground: the Senate inquiry on Australian aid

Yesterday the Senate released its report on Australia’s aid program, with 24 main recommendations and 11 dissenting ones (3 by the Coalition and 8 by…

DFAT to deregulate aid delivery

According to new DFAT instructions, apparently agreed to late last year, but still not released, aid management will be simplified from 1 July 2014. As…

The baby and the bathwater: Devpolicy’s submission on performance benchmarks for aid

Devpolicy has submitted its response to the government’s call for submissions and consultation paper on the development of rigorous performance benchmarks for Australia’s aid program….

Back to Downer Mark I with the aid objective

It’s not only Greg Sheridan who gets aid wrong. Yesterday it was the turn of Laura Tingle in the Financial Review. She claimed new documents…

Australian Foreign Minister announces funding for PNG Case Management Centre

We are excited to report that Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop today announced $3 million of funding over three years from the Australian…

Opportunity to work as a lecturer in economics at UPNG

Austraining has just advertised an Australian Volunteers for International Development position for an ”Economics Teaching and Research Fellow” to work in the Division of Economics…

Africa, the environment and disaster relief bear the brunt of Coalition aid cuts

Today, at last, the Coalition announced how it would reduce aid by about $650 million below the amount budgeted for this year, or $110 million…

Vanuatu calls for reforms to Australia’s backpacker program

In an interview with Radio Australia, Vanuatu’s Commissioner of Labour, Lionel Kaluat, has called on the Australian government to reform its backpacker or working-holiday visa…