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  1. Margaret O'Callaghan
    Margaret O'Callaghan April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Thanks Stephen for this probing analysis – much needed. There are a number of points I would like to pick up, based on my AusAID and UN experience in the Pacific, PNG and Africa over the past 20 years, but I will just concentrate on the point about ‘grooming’/producing young Aussies for development careers.

    This is a long standing problem, and I can remember trying to promote within the aid programme back in the 1980s the concept of ensuring that every consultancy team be required to include a ‘novice’, to enable them to gain some os experience, as part of their education, and to help produce future ‘AusAID’, NGO and UN/INGO applicants with some background know-how. But that was too novel for them. I am surprised, but delighted to hear that 30% continue on in the field so volunteering is obviously contributing.

    But it would be worth examining further how the aid programme can purposefully, in a more structured way, assist developing a suitably experienced cadre of ‘developers’.

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