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Here's 'Efficiency & effectiveness'

posted by: ADG, 06 Jan 2011, 15:26 PM     category: 3. Efficiency & effectiveness
At the core of the review is this focus, 3rd on their TORs: examining the Aid program's approach to efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, they'll look at whether current systems, policies and procedures maximise effectiveness. It would be great to look at some international experiences here. What do you think?
 
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How can we strengthen reviews?

posted by: ADG Team, 31 Jan 2011, 11:01 AM     category: 5. Reviews, evaluation & risk

Could the way the aid program is reviewed and evaluated, including the role of the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) be strengthened? Is this already underway, noting the recent appointment of an independent chair of AusAID's Audit Committee? (http://bit.ly/eSd5Tn). The UK government has set up an Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) which will report directly to parliament (http://bit.ly/fpdJP7). Matt Morris on http://devpolicy.org also blogs recently about some donors' moves to more independent models of evaluation - in UK, Sweden and World Bank.

What do you think most matters - is at the heart - of a good/the best possible review and evaluation mechanism for the aid program? Or what about at your initiative or project level - what matters most for reviews and evaluation? Please share your thoughts - post an idea or add a comment.

 
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1. Structure of program-Disability Inclusive Development (DID) and the MDGs’

posted by: ADDC- C. Walton , 09 Mar 2011, 15:08 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

The MDGs will not be achieved without a sustained and comprehensive approach to the inclusion of people with disabilities in development programs…

1.        Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger: The world will not alleviate extreme poverty if the rights of people with disability are ignored… Disability and poverty are mutually reinforcing.

2.        Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education: … It will be impossible to achieve MDG 2 unless development efforts explicitly reach children with disability. 

3.        Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women: …The target of eliminating gender inequality in all levels of education by 2015 will not be reached without considering the needs of girls and women with disability.

4.        Goal 4: Reduce child mortality: … Children with disability are at greater risk of dying, not only because of life-threat­ening medical conditions or lack of access to public services but also because in many cultures they are neglected or sometimes even left to die.

5.        Goal 5: Improve maternal health: More than 10 million women a year develop disability and long term complications as a result of pregnancy and childbirth… 

6.        Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases: To effectively address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the entire population, including people with disability, must be reached.

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability: Environmental risks, such as contaminated water and natural disasters, lead to various types of impairment; inaccessible environments prevent people with disability from taking part in economic and social activities

 Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development: A ‘partnership’ implies inclusion, which means everyone… people with disability [must] be included in all phases of development cooperation, planning, implementation and evaluation.

(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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Welcome to aid.collabor8.net

posted by: ADG, 06 Jan 2011, 15:33 PM     category: 1. Structure of program
aid.collabor8.net is a community forum designed for you to debate aid. This is where you can post ideas, comment or vote on them. It's open until April, during the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness in Australia. The categories align to the 5 key aspects of the TORs (see TORs file on the RHS for more info...) So please, join in. It's up to you. Start or join a conversation - post an idea. On getting started - some basic etiquette, please: 1. Think before you post. Check there's no offensive material on race, gender, religious or political persuasion grounds. We'll remove those posts. 2. Before posting, first check out other Posts or Questions you can contribute to on the same topic. Then please dive in. 3. If you have any technical issues, you can contact us directly at content@developmentgateway.com.au
 
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1. Structure of program-‘Disability inclusive development’

posted by: ADDC, 09 Mar 2011, 15:01 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

As Foreign Minister Rudd noted in 2010, “Ten percent of the world’s population—an estimated 650 million people—are living with disability and 80 per cent of these people live in developing countries. In Asia and the Pacific region this translates to more than 400 million people, across all communities”[1]. Disability is both a cause and a consequence of poverty[2]. Of the world’s poorest people, 1 in 5 have a disability….

More can be achieved through using a strengths based approach and building on what works well, not just to the disability-inclusive agenda, but for the whole aid program… Australia has laid a foundation to build on:  this is still early days and much more is needed before we fully achieve disability- inclusive development.

…Australia is a global leader in disability-inclusive development. However, this is only sustainable with a strong commitment to building upon the work to date and ensuring that disability is recognised as an integral part of a human rights approach to quality inclusive development practices….

[A public copy of ADDC’s submission to the Aid Review Panel can be found here: http://www.aidreview.gov.au/publications/sub-walton.pdf]

(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).



[1] Hon. Kevin Rudd.  Development for All. Towards a disability-inclusive Australia aid program 20019-2014. “Australian highlights-the first two years” p 1.

[2] Make Development Inclusive. How to include the perspectives of persons with disabilities in the project cycle management guidelines of the EC. A Practical Guide.

 
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4 Org structure (i) AusAID-What about our org structures’

posted by: ADDC C.Walton, 09 Mar 2011, 15:11 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

 

ADDC recommends that:

  • an overarching Inclusive Development Policy be developed under which all social strategies (disability, human rights, gender and child protection etc.) can be clearly defined and integrated into all aid and development programs
  • 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
  • within AusAID, Disability and Health are separate and clearly defined both programmatically and in budget allocation
  • a greater investment is required in cross cutting thematic areas and a rights-based approach be adopted for the aid program and strongly systemised within all AusAID programs

(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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Posts and comments closing soon!

posted by: ADG Team, 18 Mar 2011, 16:19 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

Thank you to everyone for sharing your views and insights on the Australian aid program here on http://aid.collabor8.net

Since January 2011, you've contributed to 130+ comments and 20+ posts, and generated some great, interesting and thought-provoking discussions.

We'll be accepting posts and comments for a few more days, and then we'll open ideas for voting. That's right - you'll get to vote on your favourite ideas. 

So, please - feel free to post any last minute thoughts you might have so these can be included for the voting period. 

Thanks from the ADG Team

 
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thanks - public voting now open!

posted by: ADG, 24 Mar 2011, 15:14 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

Thank you to everyone for sharing your views and insights on the Australian aid program here on http://aid.collabor8.net. Together, since January 2011, you've contributed to 130+ comments, almost 30 posts, and generated some great, interesting and thought-provoking discussions.

We're pleased to now open the ideas for voting. We have summarised and grouped together the ideas for voting, and numbered them for ease of use - in the meantime, we are keeping all your original posts and comments safe and sound. 

Public voting is now open for 2 weeks, until Monday 11 April! So, please vote on your favourite ideas - it's your chance to have your say on the Australian aid program. 

Thanks from the ADG Team

 
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idea 1: give to the poorest

posted by: ADG, 24 Mar 2011, 15:16 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

1 person suggested that increased aid funding should focus much more on the countries with the greatest numbers of people in poverty… [including] in SE Asia’. Another suggested they would ‘give aid to the poorest of the poor of any given country’... 

[refer TOR 1A] 

Do you strongly agree? If so, please vote here.

 
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idea 2: focus on the pacific

posted by: ADG, 24 Mar 2011, 15:19 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

1 person suggested Australia’s undivided attention should be on the Pacific in part due to the existence of 5 LDCs in the Pacific, Australia’s history in the Pacific, and other Asian donors’ increasing interests in the region. Another person spoke of the need to focus on building more regional experience in practitioners across Australia’s engagement in the Pacific... 

[refer TOR 1A] 

Do you strongly agree? If so, please vote here.

 
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