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  1. Adam Valvasori
    Adam Valvasori September 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Public think Australian Aid = 13% when it’s under 1%
    They think a lot of it goes to corrupt governments – it is strictly audited every year and under 1% is found to be fraudulent.

    Basically Australian Aid is one of the best value for money Govt programs we have and yet it’s consistently sold short!

  2. kezza
    kezza August 31, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Excellent analysis Ashlee. As I see it you hit the nail on the head with your argument on transparency – do taxpayers want their aid money spent on aid advocacy or PR (no), or do they want readable and easily accessible information on the rationale for giving aid, what their money funds and whether these programs are actually working (yes). There’s a difference between spending money to convince the public that the Australian program is great and spending to increase knowledge about Australia’s aid efforts in particular and development co-operation more generally. I’ll be interested in whether your forthcoming analysis on the numbers tells us more about this.

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