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What about our org structures?

posted by: ADG Team, 04 Feb 2011, 13:58 PM     category: 4. Organisational structure

Do you have any particular views on Australia's organisational structures for ODA, including that of AusAID?

Are they effective in delivering aid? Is there any room for improvement? Some other questions you might like to ponder:  Is AusAID effective in engaging with, say, the private sector, or NGOs? Again, are there ways that it could improve?

Please let us know what you think, and share constructive ideas you might have.

 
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Focus on 'Organisational Structure'

posted by: ADG, 06 Jan 2011, 15:24 PM     category: 4. Organisational structure
4th on the Review Team's TORs is a look at the best future organisational structure for the aid program. That includes AusAID's structure for aid delivery, but also coordinating Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) across the public service and with other donors and institutions. A tough one to balance and get right, and no easy answers... but any ideas on starting points, here?
 
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5. Appropriate (i) ODE role-How can we strengthen reviews’

posted by: ADDC, 09 Mar 2011, 15:13 PM     category: 4. Organisational structure

ADDC recommends that:

  • an ‘Ambassador for Disability-Inclusive Development’ be created at Deputy-Director General level to promote leadership and accountability for disability-inclusive development both within and external to AusAID (refer d & e) below)
  • investment is given to resources for greater DPO capacity building and involvement 
  • the Disability Inclusive Development (DID) unit within AusAID has sufficient resources to maximise the quality of AusAID’s policy and practices in inclusive development

(excerpts from Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC)’s submission to the Aid Review Panel. ADDC is an Australian based, international network with 450+ members working on disability in developing countries).

 
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idea 23: australians & our aid

posted by: ADG, 24 Mar 2011, 16:07 PM     category: 4. Organisational structure

1 consultant believed country partners valued Australians’ ‘informality, friendliness and competence’, though noted some Australians’ over-confidence in positions, and also an AusAID reputation for being ‘expensive,  inflexible and isolated institutionally… a paternalistic institution’...

[ref TOR 4A]

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idea 24. disability in structure

posted by: ADG, 24 Mar 2011, 16:11 PM     category: 4. Organisational structure

2 people recommended disability inclusive development initiatives for AusAID, including a dedicated team in this area, an ‘Ambassador’ for this area at DDG-level, and further devolution and explanation of the ‘Development for All’ strategy to Posts and government departments...

[refer TOR 4A]

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idea 25: whole of govt. approach

posted by: ADG, 24 Mar 2011, 16:11 PM     category: 4. Organisational structure

1 person suggested that aid could be best delivered under an independent authority within the Foreign affairs portfolio, working across portfolios to ensure that the best and most relevant sectoral information is incorporated into aid programs.  They suggested a governing board would enable the authority to have more freedom to focus on effectiveness and the distance from cabinet may provide more flexibility and freedom to innovate with reduced political risk...

[refer TOR 4B]

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idea 26: donor coordination

posted by: ADG, 24 Mar 2011, 16:13 PM     category: 4. Organisational structure

4 people expressed the view that ‘donors trip over each other’, and suggested agencies need to ensure their structures seek to overcome a ‘great deal of overlap… spending money on the same projects… [lack of] sharing of information’. 1 person suggested focusing resources more intensively on some forgotten countries or promising reformers would improve donor coordination.

1 person noted examples of doubling aid to avoid, e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan and PNG, characterized by ‘lots of TA, a parallel civil service of local consultants, MCs and NGOs ignoring Government’. Another person suggested that 'while the paris declaration expresses an intent or hope that donors will collaborate with each other in signatory countries', they believe donors rarely collaborate...

[refer TOR 4C]

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