Category - Aid effectiveness

Aid and development Aid effectiveness Global aid issues Global development policy

Partnering agreements: Effective relationship management in complex development programs

Ever worked on a program in which miscommunications between the donor and the implementing team were costly? In time and money? In development, a lot of thinking goes into the size, shape, focus and aims of programs of support. Yet there is much less consideration of the skills of the people who...

Aid and development Aid effectiveness Australian aid Australian government aid

Five lean years: how Australia’s aid program has tightened its belt

Australia’s 2017-18 aid budget was a dull affair.[1] In all the circumstances, that’s good news and good news is generally no news. End of story? No, not if we follow the story further back in time. The apparent stabilisation represented by the 2017-18 budget invites an examination of changes in...

Aid effectiveness Global aid issues Global development policy Pacific and PNG Pacific growth and regional integration

How new is ‘new conditionality’?

The term ‘ownership’ is so widely used in development that it has at times come to be seen as cliché. We often forget just how significant the concept is, and the extent to which its importance has increased since the turn of the century. Consider donor efforts to promote policy reform. The aid...

Aid effectiveness Australian aid Australian development policy Australian government aid Gender and development

Water and sanitation in Australia’s aid program: building it back better

There’s a worrying cavity at the core of Australia’s aid program. Certain uses of aid are more ‘core’ than others, in that they generate benefits far beyond specific social groups or sectors of the economy. Few uses of aid are so core as investments in water and sanitation. Yet there is too little...