Australian aid

Alt textThe 2020 Australasian Aid Conference

Australian Aid is a key focus area for the Development Policy Centre, and we are grateful for funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports our work on aid.

The Development Policy Centre hosts the annual Australasian Aid Conference, the region’s foremost forum for academics and practitioners on aid and development policy. Our annual Aid Budget Breakfast events break down the Federal Budget and what it means for aid and development, the morning after the Treasurer delivers the budget speech.

Our Australian Aid Tracker provides rigorous information on how much aid Australia gives, where it goes, and what it is spent on. In our Aid Profiles series, we tell the stories of contributions to aid and development throughout our region, but with an Australian twist. Annually, the Mitchell Humanitarian Award is awarded to a contribution to the cause of international development which inspires others, which is of lasting and significant value, which has a link to Australia, and which has not yet been adequately recognised.

The Aid Stakeholder Survey is run every three years. It provides a stocktake of successes and issues in the Australian Aid Program, as judged by key stakeholders who work with it on a routine basis. In our Aid Transparency Reports (the most recent is summarised here) we track the transparency of the Australian Aid program.

Current areas of ongoing research include:

Aid project effectiveness
In this work we are using a large dataset of aid project appraisals to focus on which types of projects succeed and where. To date, we have looked at World Bank and ADB projects in the Pacific, Australian aid projects, and the question of why most donors struggle with effective aid in the Pacific.

Public opinion on aid
In this work we are tracking trends in Australian support for aid over time. We have also studied which types of Australian are most likely to support aid. We are using survey experiments to study whether support for aid can be changed. Work on changing attitudes includes: whether accurate information on aid volumes changes support, whether framing projects in the national interest changes support, whether information on China in the Pacific changes support, and whether information on COVID-19 changes support.

Australian NGOs
In this work we have studied which parts of Australia have the most NGO donors. We have also studied: trends in donations to NGOs and the drivers of donations; gender equity in senior NGO management; and NGO use of the internet. We have worked with the Australian Council of International Development, including on their inaugural State of the Sector report.

We also regularly publish discussion papers on many aspects of aid, which you can download from our Publications page. We routinely make submissions to Senate and other inquiries on aid.

In addition, the Devpolicy Blog is home numerous posts and debates on aid.

The reports below provide updates on our most recent aid related outputs, with more information available in the centre’s past Annual Reports:

Australian Aid Update July 2020

Staff working on Australian Aid research and projects at the centre include:

Stephen Howes
Terence Wood
Arichika Okazaki

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