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.

Analysis

In Brief

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]…

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…