Foreign Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP makes the Opening Address at the Development Policy Centre's first Australasian Aid Conference in February this year.

Development Policy Centre secures grant

15 October 2014

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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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The Development Policy Centre at Crawford School has received a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its program of research on Australian aid.

“The significant changes in the Australian aid program over the last year have only further highlighted the need for independent analysis of Australian aid policy, in order to ensure our $5 billion aid budget is effectively spent,” said Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Centre.

“For a long time, there was an analytical gap when it came to analysis of aid policy in this country. Our work has always aimed to address this gap and to put forward an Australian voice on international development policy debates. This grant from the Gates Foundation will enable us to do even more. We’re extremely grateful to the foundation for this vote of confidence and generous support.”

The grant of US $746,456 over three years will support the Centre to scale up its research, commentary and analysis on Australian aid and to more closely track Australian aid’s performance against key bilateral and multilateral commitments.

It builds on the generous $2.5 million in funding from the Harold Mitchell Foundation that the Centre received in 2012, which was matched by cash and in-kind contributions from ANU.

In the past four years, the Development Policy Centre has established itself as Australia’s leading source of analysis on Australian aid.

The Centre undertakes independent research and promotes practical initiatives to improve the effectiveness of Australian aid, to support the development of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island region, and to contribute to better global development policy. The Centre also runs the popular Devpolicy Blog.

Some of the Centre’s regular initiatives include the annual Australasian Aid Conference, which was held for the first time in 2014, attracting more than 200 attendees, the Pacific and PNG Updates and the Australian aid stakeholder survey.

Both a call for papers and registrations are currently open for the 2015 Australasian Aid Conference, which will be held on 13-14 February.

Later this month the Centre will also release the Phase I report from its project in collaboration with the PNG National Research Institute on Promoting Effective Public Expenditure in Papua New Guinea.

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