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  • Increased official development assistance (ODA) for Manus Province

    Posted 30/04/2015 by Ravi Tomar

    Australia’s planned development assistance for Manus Province under the Partnership for Development (2012–15) was expected to be approximately $15 million. However, according to a recent update released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 20 March 2015 (Economic and Development Benefits to PNG of the Regional Resettlement Arrangement), Australia is now providing additional assistance of about $38 million, despite a shrinking overall aid budget.

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    TAGS: aid, Papua New Guinea

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  • Australian aid to PNG: a new paradigm?

    Posted 23/05/2014 by Ravi Tomar
    While most commentary on Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget for 2014–15 has focussed on the overall outlay, what has largely been overlooked have been the allocations for the two largest recipients of Australian aid—Indonesia and PNG. Read more...

    TAGS: aid, Papua New Guinea

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  • Syria: losing ground in the fight to eradicate polio

    Posted 15/04/2014 by Wendy Bruere
    Polio resurfaced in Syria late last year, and has now been found in Iraq as well, leading to concerns that this could reverse gains in international efforts to eradicate the virus. A side effect of the conflict in Syria, now running for over three years, is that for many children vaccinations have lapsed.  According to the BBC‘Vaccination rates in Syria fell from 91 per cent of children before the war to an estimated 68 per cent in 2012. But those are national figures. In rebel-held... Read more...

    TAGS: United Nations, children's health, aid, Middle East, refugees

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  • Uncertain future: Australian aid to Afghanistan

    Posted 16/12/2013 by Ravi Tomar
    Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Afghanistan has increased substantially over the past few years from $82.1 million in 2009–10 to a peak of $198.4 million in 2011–12. Afghanistan was the fourth largest recipient of Australian ODA in 2012–13 (after Indonesia, PNG and the Solomons) with an expected expenditure of about $182.8 million. This includes ODA-eligible expenditure by other government departments, including Immigration and Citizenship ($6.9 million), Defence ($9.2 mill... Read more...

    TAGS: Afghanistan, aid

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  • Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RSA) and Australian aid to Papua New Guinea

    Posted 26/07/2013 by Ravi Tomar
    Debate over the recent RSA agreement between Australia and PNG has resulted in the potential implications for Australia’s bilateral aid program being largely misinterpreted.On 15 July 2013, during Prime Minister Rudd’s visit to PNG, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said:Today the Prime Minister and I agreed to moving forward many of the programs that we have agreed to so that we can start implementing many of those initiatives that we have initially signed as part of the ongoing programs that we hav... Read more...

    TAGS: aid, Papua New Guinea, refugees

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  • OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review: Australia 2013

    Posted 20/05/2013 by Ravi Tomar
    On 6 May 2013, the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review: Australia 2013. The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD carries out peer reviews of member countries’ aid programs approximately every four years. Australia’s last review was undertaken in 2008.The current Review notes that since the 2008 Review, ‘AusAID has gone through the biggest change in its ... Read more...

    TAGS: aid, OECD

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  • 'Reprioritising' Australia's aid budget

    Posted 25/03/2013 by Ravi Tomar
    In 17 December 2012, Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced that the government would report up to $375 million as support for asylum seekers waiting to have their claims heard in Australia. In effect this meant that $375.1 million would be diverted from the overall aid budget to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. The reallocation represents an effective cut of 7.3 per cent to other elements of the aid budget. The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Centre for International Ag... Read more...

    TAGS: aid, Indonesia, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea

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  • Independent review of aid effectiveness

    Posted 19/11/2010 by Ravi Tomar
    On 16 November 2010, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced an ‘Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness’ which will examine the effectiveness, efficiency and strategic direction of Australia’s aid program ‘in line with Australia’s national interests’.  It is expected to be completed by April 2011 and will be the first major review of the program since the Simons Review commissioned by the Howard Government in 1996. The review will be conducted by a panel chaired by Sandy Holloway and includes Ste... Read more...

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