The World Development Report 2017 on Governance and the Law explores how policies for security, growth and equity can effectively achieve their goals by addressing the underlying drivers of governance.
Building on the traditional concern about implementation problems resulting from limited state capacity, this report digs deeper to understand also how individuals and groups, with differing degrees of influence in the decision-making arena, bargain over the choice of policies, distribution of resources, and how to change the rules themselves to shape future interactions.
While in some cases, power asymmetries can lead to persistent policy failure through exclusion, capture, and clientelism, this report demonstrates that positive change is possible. The approach discusses reshaping incentives, shifting society’s preferences and beliefs, and making the decision-making process more contestable.
Join us the day before the Australasian Aid Conference for the launch of the The World Development Report 2017, including a presentation of the report and a panel discussion.
For more information about the 2017 AAC and to register: Devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/annual-australasian-aid-conference/2017» read more
About the conference
The Australasian Aid Conference, held in February of each year in partnership with The Asia Foundation, has become an integral part of the Australian and regional aid calendar. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and beyond who are working on aid and international development policy to share insights, promote collaboration, and help develop the research community.
The most recent conference was held at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, Canberra on February 10 and 11, 2016. The 2017 conference will be held on February 15 and 16, 2017; more details here.
What people are saying about the conference
“From my perspective, the Australasian Aid Conference event is a great example of how the Crawford School brings together academics, policy makers and practitioners for an open exchange of views and for mutual learning.”
Professor Brian Schmidt AC, Vice-Chancellor, ANU
“This event has emerged as a very important annual venue for serious discussion of national, regional and global issues in international development, development cooperation and aid effectiveness.”
Gordon Hein, Senior Vice-President of Programs, The Asia Foundation
“From my own perspective and all those I connected with there and since, it was a great success in terms of the breadth of issues, the diversity of presenters and the balance between information and engagement.” Shannon Ryan, Manager - Food Security and Natural Resources, World Vision Australia
The Development Policy Centre
The Development Policy Centre (Devpolicy) is a think tank for aid and development serving Australia, the region, and the global development community. Devpolicy 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.
Devpolicy was established in September 2010 and is based at Crawford School of Public Policy in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University.
The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.
Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2013, we provided nearly $114 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $10 million. Our development policy work brings together traditional donors and emerging Asian providers to share their perspectives and ideas about the changing dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region and international development cooperation.» read more