Australian aid five years on: The 2018 Australian Aid Stakeholder Survey

By Terence Wood, Sachini Muller and Stephen Howes

February 2019

The Development Policy Centre has run stakeholder surveys of aid experts in 2013, 2015 and 2018. These surveys provide a detailed picture of how the quality of the Australian Government aid program is perceived by expert aid practitioners. Stakeholder surveys have two phases. Phase 1 (with 114 respondents in 2018) targets senior staff from Australian NGOs and aid contracting firms. Phase 2 (with 233 respondents in 2018) is open to anyone with a good knowledge of Australian aid. Data from both phases are available online and in the body of this report. Our findings here stem from responses to Phase 1 of the survey. In 2018, Phase 2 respondents were, on average, marginally more pessimistic in their assessments in most areas. The 2013 Stakeholder Survey basically established a benchmark. The 2015 Stakeholder Survey delivered a clear set of findings: Australian aid was getting worse. The 2018 Stakeholder Survey is more complex to interpret, but brings with it a range of important findings.

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Wood, T., Muller, S. & Howes, S. 2019, ‘Australian aid five years on: The 2018 Australian Aid Stakeholder Survey’, Report, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Karen Downing

Karen Downing is Research Communications Coordinator at the Development Policy Centre.