Aid policy change: entrepreneurs, ideas and rules
In an essential read for those who engage with the politics around aid, Jo Spratt examines the role of actors, ideas and rules in two significant New Zealand aid policy changes. The three-part blog series is based on her PhD research. In the first post, she explains how entrepreneurial behavior in individuals was essential to achieving change, and in the second, she explores how ideas-based networks shaped and supported these changes. In the final installment, she discusses the importance of advocates knowing the rules.
Decentralisation and the potential for corruption in PNG
How does location affect the response to corruption? What are the implications for policy makers? Drawing on interviews with stakeholders in PNG, Grant Walton and Ainsley Jones argue that context matters when dealing with corruption. They examine decentralisation structures in PNG and find that in places with strong institutions and alignment between social and administrative norms (i.e. East New Britain Province), principal-agent theory is relevant, but in places where these factors are weak (i.e. Gulf Province), collective action problems are more likely. Read the discussion paper here and blog here.
PNG Update draft program + keynotes
The draft program for the 2017 PNG Update is now available. This year’s Update will be bigger than ever, featuring some 63 papers, an increase on 50 last year, and covering a broad variety of topics including PNG economics, social issues and politics. The theme of the Update is ‘PNG: after the elections’, and it will be held on 10 – 11 August 2017, at the University of Papua New Guinea, Waigani Campus, Port Moresby. The event is free, open to all and does not require registration — more details here.
Pacific Update wrap
This year’s Pacific Update, held last week at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, was again a highly successful platform for the discussion of key issues affecting the region. Approximately 400 attendees heard engaging discussions on labour mobility, disaster management, and the future of Pacific regionalism. If you weren’t able to attend, you can access the presentations here. Dame Meg Taylor opened the conference, and you can read her opening remarks here.
Devpolicy seeks Program Officer
We currently have a vacancy for a Program Officer, and it’s not too late to submit an application. The role is a crucial part of the centre, coordinating events and administration. We are accepting applications until Friday 14 July. For more details, see the job description.
We are delighted to welcome Mitiana Arbon to the Development Policy Centre. Mitiana is a Samoan-Australian student currently finishing his Honours year in Pacific Studies at ANU, and he will occupy the role of Labour Mobility and Migration Research Officer. If you’d like to contribute content on these topics for the blog or our monthly newsletter focused on labour mobility and migration, contact Mitiana.
Australian aid evaluation forum
7 August. Save the date for our next evaluation forum in conjunction with DFAT’s ODE. More details soon.
On the blog
Participatory budgeting at the local level in Nepal by Thaneshwar Bhusal
Aid policy change: the rules in a dynamic process by Jo Spratt
Labour supply challenges in the horticultural industry by Matthew Dornan
Voices from the war: PNG stories of the Kokoda Campaign by Timothy Pirinduo
Asking the right questions by Bob McMullan
Does the Beijing Consensus have anything to do with foreign aid? By Patrick Kilby
Helping the Seasonal Worker Program reach its potential in the NT by Development Policy Centre
Aid policy change: ideas-based networks by Jo Spratt
Tobacco trouble: Asia and the Pacific in the spotlight by Ian Anderson
The workforce of the future: Solve-a-thon applications open by Lisa Cornish
Electoral corruption in PNG: caught between the law and a hard place by Sam Koim, Grant Walton
This is the fortnightly newsletter of the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, published every second Friday.