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  1. Paul Oates
    Paul Oates July 11, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    The credibility of any government department’s evaluation of its own efficiency and effectiveness must be seen as liable to be skewed by a clear interest in self preservation of those who currently are in charge.

    Given that a Senate report on overseas aid was tactically released after the recent election was called and Parliament prorogued is a good indication of how any constructive suggestions will be lost and ignored by those who are very happy, thank you, with the status quo.

  2. Garth Luke
    Garth Luke May 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    The combination of the Performance of Australian Aid report and the specific country performance reports and their timely publication is certainly welcome and moves ODA reporting in the right direction. However, as you imply Stephen, the reporting of the fairly vague process quality scores and benchmark scores does not leave the reader, inside or outside DFAT, with a clear picture of what the aid program is achieving and what needs to be done to further improve performance.

    I think that the next steps required to enhance the Performance of Australian Aid report are:

    – a summary of qualitative and quantitative OUTCOMES (eg how many children educated, change in child mortality rate, change in export sales) against each of the country and multilateral program objectives and their targets and a whole of program table which sums up the quantitative outcomes of the program (as in Appendix 5 of the 2013-14 DFAT Annual Report). Readers need to know what the program is achieving, not just the quality of its processes.

    – a plain text summary of outcomes, challenges and plans for the ten biggest country or multilateral programs so readers come away with more of a feel for the program and DFAT is in a better position to explain the aid program.

    – bringing the publication date forward by a month so that informed external feedback can be incorporated into the development of the next year’s aid budget.

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