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Introducing 'Structure of program'

posted by: ADG, 06 Jan 2011, 15:29 PM     category: 1. Structure of program
The Review Team's 1st task in their TORs is to figure out the best: geographic and sector focus of the program; focus on low and middle-income countries; and costs/benefits of different forms of aid. That's a big topic in itself! Let's unpack these soon... To help start them out, feel free to post up an idea on this.
 
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What sectors will we focus on?

posted by: ADG Team, 04 Feb 2011, 17:08 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

Delivering education (now 1/5 of aid funding) and health services has been a key focus of Australia's aid program. These priorities were reinforced by Foreign Minister Rudd in his statement to the UN General Assembly at the MDGs Summit, September 2010 (http://bit.ly/e45z2Y).

Australia then committed to spending (between now and 2015): A$5 billion on education; A$1.6 billion to women's and children's health; A$1.8 billion to food security; and A$1.2 billion for action on climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

What do you think - are these the best sectoral areas of focus for the Australian aid program? It would be interesting to know what you think. Posting an idea or comment takes just a few minutes.

 
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What does doubling aid look like?

posted by: ADG Team, 11 Jan 2011, 16:08 PM     category: 1. Structure of program
Currently Australia gives $4.3 billion p.a. in aid, that's 52 cents per day for every Australian. If every Australian gave up 1 cup of coffee per week we could almost double Australia's aid contribution. What are your thoughts on Australia doubling aid? Please post a comment or idea here on aid.collabor8.net. For those keen to debate this further (offline), the Development Policy Centre is hosting a 'Doubling aid: lessons, challenges and opportunities' Conference in Canberra on Monday 7th February. Please RSVP to rsvp.crawford@anu.edu.au. Also see their site for more details soon: http://devpolicy.anu.edu.au/
 
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Where should aid be directed?

posted by: ADG Team, 25 Jan 2011, 11:40 AM     category: 1. Structure of program
A significant portion of Australia's bilateral aid budget goes to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia (about 1/3 each). Australia has also committed to expanding engagement in Africa (ref AusAID budget FY10-11 bit.ly/fGUXmV). Where do you think aid should be focused? Barry suggests (comment on Doubling Aid) more attention for the Pacific. 'Just a suggestion' (comment on Doubling Aid) advocates the case for forgotten countries, or promising reformers. Stephen Grenville on Lowy's blog (http://bit.ly/i71M1O) suggests narrowing the geographic focus. The DevPolicy conference will look at Asian case studies (http://bit.ly/e4Zrog). But, what are your thoughts? We'd like to hear from you. Please post an idea or add a comment here.
 
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How to best mix forms of aid?

posted by: ADG Team, 04 Feb 2011, 16:47 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

How should Australian aid design and delivery be balanced between NGOs, multilateral agencies like the UN or World Bank Group, contractors, volunteers and others?

Here are some perspectives, but what do you think?:

  • The share of Australia's ODA channelled through multilateral organisations is currently relatively low, at 14% in 2007, below the DAC average of 24% (http://bit.ly/ib1Z1X)
  • What of the role for partner countries' own delivery of aid, a key theme of the 11-signed Pacific Partnerships for Development? (http://bit.ly/ig62V7)
  • What can be learned from the approach and experience of non-state donors, such as the Clinton (http://www.clintonfoundation.org/) and Gates Foundations (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/)?

It doesn't stop there, though. There are plenty of questions about forms of aid, and the types of instruments we use - so, we'd like your views on this.

As an NGO, contractor or donor agency staffer, volunteer, or regional neighbour - you will have a different way of looking at this. Please take just a few minutes to post an idea or add a comment.

 
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How to focus aid by income level?

posted by: ADG Team, 27 Jan 2011, 13:59 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

What should the focus of the aid program be between low and middle-income countries?

As Stephen Howes, now Aid Review Panel member, said in LowyInterpreter (Oct 2010) (bit.ly/ggQg9U), Australia has promised that 0.15% of our Gross National Income (GNI) will be dedicated to least developed countries (LDCs) by 2015 (approx. $2.5 billion p.a.) (bit.ly/e45z2Y). Stephen Howes goes on to say that Australia's major aid recipients – PNG and Indonesia – are not classified by the UN as LDCs, though some other Asia-Pacific countries are, such as Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. By 2015, they might lay claim to, say, $500 million, which still leaves about $2 billion for Africa, home to the great majority of the LDCs...

So, what do you think? You might have a different opinion on the balance between low (or LDC) and middle-income countries, or maybe you agree. Please let us know - we'd like to hear from you.

 
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Disability inclusive development

posted by: Karina Okotel, 27 Feb 2011, 19:11 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

Two-thirds of the global population of persons with disability live in the Asia Pacific region,[1] of which 82% live below the poverty line.[2] Disability inclusive development is a clear area of comparative advantage for the Australian aid program. It is important that we maintain and build on our leadership in disability inclusive development as a means by which Australia can play a particularly unique and specialised role.

A summary of key recommendations from CBM Australia and the CBM-Nossal Institute Parntership for Disability Inclusive Development’s submission to the Aid Review includes 36 separate recommendations under 5 key areas:

1.        Maintaining a regional focus;

2.        Taking an effective leadership role in disability inclusive development;

3.        Strengthening AusAID structures and functions for disability inclusive development;

4.        Facilitating inclusion of people with disabilities;

5.        Improved transparency, accountability and coordination.

 A public copy of this submission is available at : http://www.aidreview.gov.au/publications/sub-cbm.pdf


[1] Commonwealth of Australia, Development for All: Towards a disability-inclusive Australian aid program 2009-2014 (2008) 5.

[2] Disability and the MDGs, Include Everybody <www.includeeverybody.org/disability.php>.

 
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Better expression of Australia's needs

posted by: David, 15 Feb 2011, 03:54 AM     category: 1. Structure of program

It's in the nature of aid — one country helping another — that all of the focus in on the needs of the aid recipient. But if we're going to move towards a more authentic expression of "development partnership", the way aid is structured should more overtly reflect the needs of both countries. In other words, as well as transparently expressing the needs of the recipient, programs should also transparently express the reasons and expections and interests of Australia: "stronger bilateral ties", "regional security", "electoral expectations", etc. By expressing programmatically the outcomes desired by both partners, the effect might be:

• a more equal partnership

• better understanding of the aid process by the publics of both countries

• clearer direction to the program managers (now generally focused solely on recipient outcomes) as to GOA expectations, with consequent better overall stakeholder management. 

 
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Are Australians generous on aid?

posted by: ADG Team, 11 Jan 2011, 12:32 PM     category: 1. Structure of program
A key premise of the Independent Aid Review is a doubling of the aid budget by 2015-2016 (say $8.6 billion, or what 0.5% GNI will then equate to)... Ref: The Lowy Poll 2010 (http://bit.ly/frkYk9) that found a majority (55%) of Australians surveyed think the government is providing 'about the right amount' to developing countries. Also, 81% of Australians polled thought compared to other countries, that Australia's foreign policy is either 'about average or above average'. We seem to think well of our altruism or giving. What do you think? Does the aid program reflect our belief that we're generous and giving 'about the right amount'?
 
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Lessons: How does aid perform?

posted by: ADG Team, 04 Feb 2011, 14:56 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

What do you think of the aid program's performance and lessons we have learned?  

Late 2010, AusAID's 3rd Annual Review of Development Effectiveness (ARDE) report was released. As Ian Anderson in a DevPolicy blog points out (http://bit.ly/hxzVha), between 70 - 88% of all aid activities were rated satisfactory on criteria like: implementation progress, achieving objectives, sustainability, Monitoring and Evaluation.  

This week's Discussion Paper on Aid Effectiveness by Stephen Howes at ANU's Dev Policy Centre (http://bit.ly/hojKfO) takes a different approach. It notes that "In such a varying context, it is simply not possible to make a broad-brush conclusion about the overall performance of aid". He discusses 'what determines aid effectiveness', and some areas for improvement.

So, what are your views on this? Do you agree or not? What 'lessons learned' might you share - from your perspective, whether at an activity level, in-country, or for broader programs? 

 
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