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The Devpolicy Blog provides a platform for the best in aid and development analysis, research and policy comment, with global coverage and a strong focus on Australia and its immediate region. Established in 2010, the blog is run by the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, and is led by Stephen Howes with support from an editorial team including Karen Downing, Anne Moorhead, Arichika Okazaki, Lydia Papandrea and Sadhana Sen.
Our readers are analysts, policymakers, academics, advocates, consultants and students. We focus on Australian aid, the Pacific and Papua New Guinea, and global development policy. While their fields of interests converge, their knowledge, experience and perspectives vary. Our three areas of focus are Australian aid, the Pacific and Papua New Guinea, and global development policy.
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