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  1. Stephen Howes
    Stephen Howes October 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I notice that the 2009 ODE claim (which you quote) that AusAID’s gender policy isn’t having an impact puts a lot of emphasis on the fact that violence against women continues to be endemic in Melanesia (see p.51). This suggests to me that we shouldn’t rely on this as a serious evaluation of the gender policy. Are we really going to blame AusAID for continuing violence against women in Melanesia?

  2. Kristie
    Kristie October 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Given the number of new AusAID recruits without development experience (especially at the senior levels where recruits are more likely to come from other government departments than other development organisations) it is not surprising that issues requiring technical development expertise – such as gender mainstreaming – are dropping off AusAID’s radar.

    Additionally the aid budget has dramatically increased in past years without staff numbers increasing on par – how are staff meant to find the time to focus on a mainstreaming without additional resources, space to reflect and learn or capacitated and committed leadership?

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