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Jo Spratt

New Zealand


Master of Development Studies.

Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management.

Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science).

Bachelor of Nursing and Registered Comprehensive Nurse.

Contact details

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I have worked in the world of international aid and development since 2004, when I left nursing after completing studies in international development. I was lucky enough to gain leadership roles in NGOs doing advocacy and project work to promote universal sexual and reproductive health. These roles offered me great opportunities to work with people across the Pacific, as well as engage in policy advocacy in New Zealand and globally.

Alongside my PhD I work part-time as a cancer nurse at Canberra Hospital, and am pleased when I get the chance to work with Pacific colleagues on short-term consultancies. I am also President of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT, and coordinate NZ Aid and Development Dialogues - an organisation that expands analysis, discussion and understanding of NZ international aid and development work.

My research interests include policy change, aid and development policymaking, NGO life and NGOs’ role in social progress, organisational change, and health and development (particularly sexual and reproductive health, non-communicable diseases and palliative care).

PhD programme

Policy and Governance

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Ideas, Actors and Rules: How Does New Zealand Foreign Aid Policy Change?

Topic description

In my PhD I use policy change theories to explore and explain the actors, ideas and rules involved in making aid policy change, focused on New Zealand. I explore two cases of policy goal change in New Zealand: the creation of a semi-autonomous Aid Programme focused on poverty elimination in 2001; and the dismantling of the semi-autonomous Aid Programme in 2009 and a refocusing of New Zealand aid to economic growth and selling New Zealand abroad. I find that in both cases, individuals behaving entrepreneurially were important actors, but they could not act alone. These individuals were connected to a wider network, and what brought and held that network together were ideas about New Zealand’s interests overseas, aid’s role in meeting those interests, and whether or not the Aid Programme should aim for best practice and have autonomy from non-development foreign policy, or not.

Scholarships and fellowships

In 2014 I was awarded a College of Asia and the Pacific grant to attend the annual Syracuse Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research in Syracuse, New York.

Employment history

Research Assistant, POGO8190: Research Methods, 2015.

Consultant, international development, 2010 - ongoing.

Interim Director, Sub-Regional Office of the Pacific, International Planned Parenthood Federation, 2010.

Director of International Development, Family Planning New Zealand, 2005 - 2010.

Pacific Programme Manager, Family Planning New Zealand, 2004 - 2005.

Registered Nurse, various permanent and casual positions, 1995 - ongoing.

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

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