Post an IdeaIt only takes a minute Most PopularWhat's Hot Most RecentJust Posted Most CommentedWhat's Creating a Buzz?

Comments & Ideas have closed

Thank you for your Comments & Ideas!

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 Next »
14215
Vote!
vote!

average rating:
give rating:

idea 8: disability inclusive

posted by: ADG, 24 Mar 2011, 15:40 PM     category: 1. Structure of program

3 people suggested aid be directed to marginalized groups such as people with disabilities, of whom 400 million are living in Asia-Pacific. They suggested Australia continue its global leadership on disability inclusive development. Another suggested few major bilateral donors are active in this area, and the need to consider disability separately to health. 1 made recommendations from ADDC's submission to the review showing how disability inclusive development should be 'mainstreamed' across development, in particular across the MDGs...

[refer TOR 1B]

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

 
11103
Vote!
vote!

average rating:
give rating:

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.
 
9424
Vote!
vote!

average rating:
give rating:

Should aid be given to further Australia's national interest?

posted by: Sam, 19 Mar 2011, 14:34 PM     category: 5. Reviews, evaluation & risk

At present, the official objective of Australia’s aid program is to ‘assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interests. Is this fair? Should our aid money be used to further our strategic commercial and geopolitical goals? Or should it be used purely to alleviate poverty in our neighbouring developing countries? Discuss.

 
9053
Vote!
vote!

average rating:
give rating:

What does aid effectiveness mean?

posted by: ADG Team, 28 Jan 2011, 12:37 PM     category: 3. Efficiency & effectiveness

Paul Collier (author of The Bottom Billion) suggests that if we were to have two objectives for aid, that one would be aiming for aid effectiveness. So, how do we check aid is effective?  And, what does aid effectiveness mean?

Peter McCawley on LowyInterpreter asks this question (bit.ly/gFp13K) and Marjolaine Nicod of OECD presented on this at Lowy's MDGs conference in 2010 (bit.ly/fhFZzg). Is it about doing more to ensure Value For Money for the Australian aid program? (bit.ly/ggQg9U) Matt Morris suggests practical tools in ICT can help beneficiaries measure effectiveness from the ground-up (see post on 'monitoring aid projects'), and on DevPolicy (bit.ly/hbgTb6) he references UK DFID's new plan to focus on programs with a proven impact and use aid  to fund cash transfers/Cash on Delivery. Joel Negin has also contributed to the debate on aid effectiveness for Lowy recently (bit.ly/flSiJn).

So, what are your thoughts on this? Are you in the field or in-country? Do you have practical examples of aid effectiveness you'd like to share? If so, please post an idea, or add a comment.

 
8669
Vote!
vote!

average rating:
give rating:

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.