The best of Devpolicy Blog 2018

24 December 2018

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Stephen Howes is Director of Development Policy Centre at ANU.

Prior to joining the Crawford School in 2009, Stephen was Chief Economist at the Australian Agency for International Development.

In 2008, he worked on the Garnaut Review on Climate Change, where he managed the Review’s international work stream.

He teaches Aid and Development Policy (IDEC8007) and Government, Markets and Global Change (CRWF8000).

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This year the Development Policy Centre’s Devpolicy Blog ( at Crawford School published an amazing 299 posts from 227 authors. Check out the top ten most popular blogs in 2018 in this post:

The posts covered a year where the Pacific has been in the spotlight like no other time in recent memory: the Australian Government made a number of important announcements in relation to the backpacker visa and the Seasonal Worker Programme, Fiji went to the polls, APEC was held in PNG, and much media coverage scrutinised the rise of Chinese aid and lending in the Pacific region.

But blog contributors also weighed into other debates in Australian and global development policy, including analysing the budget, and some of the government’s major initiatives, including the proposed Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific and the innovationXchange.

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