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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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Monitoring aid projects

posted by: Matt Morris, 12 Jan 2011, 08:06 AM     category: 3. Efficiency & effectiveness
Fixing feedback loops ought to be a key reform to improve effectiveness and efficiency. There are lessons from a growing movement among NGOs who use technology to involve communities in the monitoring of projects. This helps people to provide valuable feedback on whether services are being delivered and enables them hold donors and governments accountable. (For examples see: http://is.gd/kzZNG and http://is.gd/kzZSR)
 
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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.