The case for a foreign aid tsar (The Interpreter)

The Australian aid program has always laboured under multiple and competing objectives, both implicit and explicit. This was identified in the 1997 Simons Report on foreign aid, commissioned by the Howard Government, into what was then a separate agency, AusAID:

The managers of the aid program struggle to satisfy multiple objectives driven by a combination of humanitarian, foreign policy and commercial interests. The intrusion of short-term commercial and foreign policy imperatives has hampered AusAID’s capability to be an effective development agency.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/case-foreign-aid-tsar

Jonathan Pryke

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