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

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]…

New Tasmanian Senator bids for the aid budget

Newly anointed Palmer United Party (PUP) Senator Jackie Lambie certainly wasted no time in raising her gripes with the foreign aid budget—something she has had…

China’s new aid White Paper and its surprisingly small aid program

This week China released their latest (and long-awaited) Foreign Aid White Paper, following on from their first Aid White Paper in 2011. Instead of being…

ODE releases evaluation of Australian aid to Timor-Leste

The Office of Development Effectiveness has just released its evaluation of Australian aid to Timor-Leste. The evaluation sets out to answer three questions. 1. To…

Better a month late than never – Australian aid Blue Book released

Quietly accompanying Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s announcement of a new aid strategy and framework (a not so ‘new aid paradigm’–see our analysis here) was the…

Labour mobility key, says FM, but no mention of reforms

It was good to hear the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop give a ringing endorsement of the importance of labour mobility for the Pacific during her…

Aid transparency hits a new low

It used to be very hard to get information about the Australian aid program. When I was researching the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership a…

World Bank calls on Australia to introduce permanent migration scheme for Pacific islanders

In a just-released report, Well-being from Work in the Pacific Island Countries, the World Bank has called on Australia to introduce “an Australian Pacific Access…