Huge cuts to the Australian aid program have left supporters angry and in shock. Five years ago, there was bipartisan support for a 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) target for aid. In this year’s budget, aid is just half of that—0.25 per cent of GNI. But instead of losing heart, we need
More and better financing for development will be required in order to end poverty by 2030 and achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. The UN and member countries are currently working to reach agreement on priorities for reform ahead of a major meeting in July. This article looks at the ongoing debate. The United Nations
A distant debate on the global agenda for sustainable development may seem far removed from the day-to-day realities of Pacific island countries, but it is an important discussion and one which will shape the way the rest of the world engages with the Pacific over the next decade or so. It is also an opportunity
AusAID’s most recent assessment of poverty in the region, ‘Tracking Development and Governance in the Pacific 2009’, found that rising poverty is evident, with one-third of people living below national poverty lines. According to the report, “poverty is a significant and growing problem for many countries in the Pacific, with approximately 2.7 million people… not
The Australian government has recently announced that it will trial the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) — a global program for greater transparency and accountability in resource revenues. This move will place pressure on other resource rich countries in the region, such as Papua New Guinea, to also open up their books. For those unfamiliar with
Papua New Guinea is on the brink of it’s biggest resources boom. Will it be a curse or a blessing? A new generation of mining projects and a massive LNG project are expected to double the size of the economy over the next decade. Yet there is skepticism about whether benefits will be shared widely
Note: This is a blog post of my presentation at the Doubling Australian Aid conference. A narrated slideshow can be found here. It’s a myth that aid is static, as we shall see there are some exciting changes taking place. What are the new innovations that are improving aid effectiveness in the 21st century aid?