Jonathan Pryke

Jonathan Pryke worked at the Development Policy Centre from 2011, and left in mid-2015 to join the Lowy Institute, where he is now Director of the Pacific Islands Program. He has a Master of Public Policy/Master of Diplomacy from Crawford School of Public Policy and the College of Diplomacy, ANU.

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  • The overview of any huge scheme like this is fairly useless unless it is translated into previously set benchmark achievements. E.g.:

    1. What percentage by country of this expenditure is spent in Australia and never reaches the country AusAID is intending to help?

    2. Of the amount that is actually spent in the developing nation, how much is spent on consultancies and expatriate salaries?

    3. Of each country’s total share, is there a feedback loop to establish the effects and ongoing benefits accruing? If so, who signs off on this loop? Those actually benefiting at the coal face or those in the capital of the local national government whose budget these AusAID funds augment?

    4. Against what percentage of each local national budgetary item is the AusAID allocation?

    5. What percentage of each country’s AusAID allocation is actually expended in rural (non metropolitan) areas on rural programs benefiting those in rural areas?

    6. Finally, did the auditors actually go into the field and check first hand the benefits accrued in each program or did they only check the written reports submitted by AusAID and expatriate consultancies?

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