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DP 37 Putting our money where our mouths are? Donations to NGOs and support for ODA in Australia
Terence Wood, Alexandra Humphrey Cifuentes and Jonathan Pryke, September 2014

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DP 36 Enterprise Challenge Funds for Development: Rationales, Objectives, Approaches
Robin Davies and Kerri Elgar, August 2014

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DP 35 Public sector pay scales in PNG: are academics underpaid?
Thomas Wangi and Stephen Howes, July 2014

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DP 34 Skill development and regional mobility: lessons from the Australia-Pacific Technical College
Michael A. Clemens, Colum Graham and Stephen Howes, May 2014,

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DP 33 Does foreign aid really work? An updated assessment
Roger C. Riddell, March 2014

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DP 32 2013 Harold Mitchell Development Policy Annual Lecture: The challenges of aid dependency and economic reform - Africa and the Pacific
Jim Adams, November 2013

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DP 31 Economic growth, investment, confidence and poverty reduction in Fiji: semi-rational exuberance?
Neelesh Gounder and Biman Prasad, September 2013

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DP 30 Show me the money: an analysis of New Zealand ODA expenditure 2002 to 2011 Joanna Spratt and Terence Wood, July 2013

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DP 29 Pollard’s Pacific reflections
Steve Pollard, May 2013

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DP 28 When business meets aid: analysing public-private partnerships for international development
Margaret Callan & Robin Davies, April 2013

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DP27 Elephants, tigers and safety in post-conflict Sri Lanka
Dinuk Jayasuriya & John Gibson, February 2013

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DP26 The Inaugural Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture: Timor-Leste and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
Emilia Pires, January 2013

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DP25 Caribbean integration – lessons for the Pacific?
Bob Warner, November 2012

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DP24 Careers in development
Jonathan Pryke, October 2012

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DP23 Why Fiji is not the “Mauritius” of the Pacific? Lessons for Small Island Nations in the Pacific
Biman Chand Prasad, September 2012

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DP22 Tuberculosis Control in the Torres Strait Region: What’s Needed and Why? Report Following a Public Forum
Kamalini Lokuge, Kebei Salee & Anastasios Konstantinos, August 2012

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DP21 Aid to Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries: A Review of the Literature and Australia’s Approach
John Eyers, July 2012

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DP20 Crafting sustainability: managing water pollution in Viet Nam’s craft villages
Sango Mahanty, Trung Dinh Dang & Phung Giang Hai, June 2012

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DP19 Global sustainability: the sequel
Robin Davies, June 2012

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DP18 Female parlamentarians and economic growth: Evidence from a large panel
Dinuk Jayasuriya and Paul J.Burke, May 2012

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DP17 Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme: why has take-up been so low?
Danielle Hay and Stephen Howes, April 2012

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DP16 A very real and practical contribution? Lessons from the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership
Erik Olbrei & Stephen Howes, March 2012

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DP15 Illuminating the local: can non-formal institutions be complementary to health system development in Papua New Guinea?
Andrew McNee, February 2012

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DP14 Rethinking Health Sector Wide Approaches through the lens of Aid Effectiveness
Andrew McNee, February 2012

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DP13 Renewable Technologies and Risk Mitigation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Fiji’s Electricity Sector
Matthew Dornan & Frank Jotzo, February 2012

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DP12 Revisiting the relationship between targeting and program performance
Dung Doan & Stephen Howes, January 2012

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DP11 What do we know about the private sector’s contribution to development?
Margaret Callan, January 2012

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DP10 Beyond Paris: 11 innovations in aid effectiveness
Matthew Morris and Jonathan Pryke, November 2011

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DP9 Measuring Poverty in the Pacific
Matthew Morris, November 2011

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DP8 Improvements in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rankings: Do they translate into greater foreign direct investment inflows?
Dinuk Jayasuria, September 2011

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DP7 The Health Impact Fund: More justice and efficiency in global health
Thomas Pogge, August 2011

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DP6 Who receives Australian aid, and why?
Satish Chand, July 2011

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DP5 Does the World Bank have a micro-macro paradox or do the data deceive?
Stephen Howes, Sabit Otor, Cate Rogers, June 2011

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DP4 Aid and Oil in Papua New Guinea: Implications for the Financing of Service Delivery
Aaron Batten, June 2011

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DP3 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: business versus bureaucracy in international development
Ian Anderson, June 2011

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DP2 PNG mineral boom: Harnessing the extractive sector to deliver better health outcomes
Jane Thomason, Matthew Hancock, January 2011

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DP1 Overview of aid effectiveness determinants and strategies
Stephen Howes, January 2011

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PB10 Papua New Guinea’s vanishing LNG export boom
Paul Flanagan, December 2014
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PB9 Political settlements: old wine in new bottles?
Björn Dressel and Sinclair Dinnen, February 2014
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PB8 A parliamentary committee on aid? Issues and options
Ashlee Betteridge and Stephen Howes, November 2013
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PB7 Global aid in 2013: A pause before descending
Robin Davies and Michelle la O’, October 2013
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PB6 Election 2013: Separated at birth?—How to tell Labor and the Coalition apart on aid and development
Robin Davies, August 2013
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PB5 Transparency in extractive industries: What has been achieved, and what more can Australia do?
Michael Wulfsohn and Stephen Howes, May 2013
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PB4 End of the aid boom? The impact of austerity on aid budgets
Kathryn Zealand and Stephen Howes , May 2012
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PB3 Enhancing the capabilities of central finance agencies: a political economy perspective
Björn Dressel, January 2012
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PB2 Medical supplies reform in Papua New Guinea: some conceptual and historical lessons
Andrew McNee, May 2011
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PB1 Patterns and trends in Australian aid
Stephen Howes, Matthew Morris, October 2010
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Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program: demand-side constraints and suggested reforms
Jesse Doyle, The World Bank; and Stephen Howes, Development Policy Centre, February 2015

This paper reports on the results of a comprehensive survey of employers and industry bodies across the horticulture sector examining employers’ views of the Seasonal Worker Program, which permits workers from eight Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste to work in Australia for a period of fourteen weeks to six months.

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A lost decade? Service delivery and reforms in Papua New Guinea 2002-2012
Stephen Howes, Andrew Anton Mako, Anthony Swan, Grant Walton, Thomas Webster and Colin Wiltshire, October 2014

This report, part of the joint NRI-ANU Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project, presents the results of a 2012 survey of 360 primary schools and health clinics across eight provinces in PNG, from the nation’s capital to its most far-flung and inaccessible regions. Many of the same facilities were surveyed at the start of the decade. By combining the two surveys, we can assess progress on health and education service delivery over time, and analyse the impact of important policy reforms.

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Individual chapters
» Foreword, acknowledgements, map and summary [PDF 843 KB]
» Chapter 1: Introduction [PDF 498 KB]
» Chapter 2: Method [PDF 709 KB]
» Chapter 3: Primary schools: 2002 to 2012 [PDF 1.2 MB]
» Chapter 4: Health clinics: 2002 to 2012 [PDF 684 KB]
» Chapter 5: Education financing the the Tuition Fee-Free policy [PDF 559 KB]
» Chapter 6: Health financing and the free health policy [PDF 739 KB]
» Chapter 7: DSIP: are health and education benefitting? [PDF 516 KB]
» Chapter 8: Facility level explanations of performance [PDF 550 KB]
» Chapter 9: Conclusion [PDF 457 KB]
» References and acronyms [PDF 131 KB]

Financing PNG’s free primary health care policy: user fees, funding and performance
Colin Wiltshire and Andrew Mako, June 2014

This is the first major publication to be released from our Promoting Effective Public Expenditure project, with findings presented in June at the 2014 PNG National Health Conference in Port Moresby. The publication uses health financing results from PEPE expenditure tracking surveys to inform the implementation of PNG’s free primary health care policy.

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Economics and governance in PNG: Devpolicy Blog posts in 2013-14
Stephen Howes and Jonathan Pryke (eds), June 2014
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Pacific Stories: Devpolicy Blog posts in 2013-14
Matthew Dornan and Tess Newton Cain (eds), June 2014
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Debating ten years of RAMSI
Terence Wood and Stephen Howes (eds), April 2014

RAMSI, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, is the regional policing, peace-keeping and development mission that arrived in Solomon Islands in 2003 in response to the country’s civil conflict. In 2013, a number of posts were run on the Devpolicy Blog to mark the 10 year anniversary of RAMSI, and these have now been collected.

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What we’ve learned about development in Pacific island countries - Volume 2
Tony Hughes, April 2014

This is volume 2 of the report from the What Can We Learn project, 2012-13 (volume 1 was released in December last year and available below). It is written by Tony Hughes who is Project Coordinator of the WCWL project. The What Can We Learn (WCWL) project is funded by a group of donors active in assisting PICs’ development, including Australia, New Zealand, UNDP, ESCAP and ADB. For more information about WCWL click here.

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The costs and affordability of drug treatments for type 2 diabetes and hypertension in Vanuatu Ian Anderson, Amanda Sanburg, Howard Aru, Len Tarivonda, Susan Ivatts, Rufina Latu, Jacob Kool, February 2014

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes and hypertension, pose increasingly significant health, policy and financing challenges in Vanuatu, a lower middle income Pacific Island country. Pharmaceutical costs to Government are becoming unsustainable. This report demonstrates that diabetes type 2 and hypertension are already putting unsustainable financial pressure on the pharmaceutical and broader health budget in Vanuatu.

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Benchmarking Australian aid: results from the 2013 Australian aid stakeholder survey
Stephen Howes and Jonathan Pryke, December 2013

In July and August 2013 the Development Policy Centre surveyed 356 stakeholders in the Australian aid program, from the senior executives of Australia’s biggest NGOs and development contracting companies, to the officials of multilateral, partner government and Australian government agencies. The survey asked them what they thought about the Australian aid program, what they liked, what they didn’t like, what they thought the future of aid was and what needed to be done to improve our aid.

In full

Benchmarking Australian aid: results from the 2013 Australian aid stakeholder survey (PDF, 1.92 MB)

In sections

One page summary (PDF, 289 KB)

Executive summary (PDF, 638 KB)

Report (PDF, 1.11 MB)

Annex (including statistical tables and questionnaire) (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Report launch presentation

Presentation (PDF, 880 KB)

For more information visit the stakeholder survey page of our website.

What we’ve learned about development in Pacific island countries - Volume 1
Tony Hughes, December 2013

This is volume 1 of the report from the What Can We Learn project, 2012-13. It is written by Tony Hughes who is Project Coordinator of the WCWL project. The What Can We Learn (WCWL) project is funded by a group of donors active in assisting PICs’ development, including Australia, New Zealand, UNDP, ESCAP and ADB. For more information about WCWL click here.

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Best of the Development Policy Blog , February 2013
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Pacific Futures: World Bank Discussion Note World Bank Pacific Department, Sydney, 2012

This discussion note will be presented at a Devpolicy seminar on Thursday March 15.
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Rural Poverty in Remote PNG
Cate Rogers & CARE Australia, October 2011
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Enhancing the Capabilities of Central Finance Agencies: Synthesis Report
World Bank, July 2011
This report is discussed in a Devpolicy Policy Brief by Bjoern Dressel, January 2012.
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Climate Change and Fiscal Policy: A Report for APEC Stephen Howes and Leo Dobes, June 2011
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Review of the PNG-Australian Development Cooperation Treaty (1999) Stephen Howes, Eric Kwa and Soe Lin, April 2010
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Combatting the family and sexual violence epidemic in Papua New Guinea: a submission to the Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific region
Ashlee Betteridge and Kamalini Lokuge, May 2014

Under direction of the Foreign Minister, the Human Rights Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Standing Committee launched an inquiry into the human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific region. Given the wide scope of the terms of reference for the inquiry, our submission focused on addressing the family and sexual violence epidemic in Papua New Guinea.

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Submission to Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into the role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region
Robin Davies and Margaret Callan, May 2014

On 4 February 2014, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, referred The role of the private sector in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in the Indo-Pacific region to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade for inquiry and report. This is Devpolicy’s submission to the review authored by Robin Davies and Margaret Callan. Submissions closed in May.

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Submission to G20 Development Working Group Food Security Review
Robin Davies, Lorraine Elliott and Paul Belesky, March 2014

This is a submission to the G20 Food Security Review made on behalf of the T20, one of the G20’s ‘engagement groups’. The submission was prepared at the invitation of the Lowy Institute for International Policy by Robin Davies, Associate Director, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; Professor Lorraine Elliott, Department of International Relations, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, Australian National University; and Paul Belesky, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland. The views expressed are those of the authors alone.

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Submission to DFAT on performance benchmarks for the Australian aid program
Robin Davies and Stephen Howes, February 2014

Consultations were held with key stakeholders to build on the knowledge and experiences of Australia’s development partners and ensure that the process of developing performance benchmarks is open and transparent. A consultation paper was prepared by DFAT and the Government called for written submissions. This is Devpolicy’s submission, written by Robin Davies and Stephen Howes. Submissions closed on February 20.

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Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s overseas aid and development assistance program
Robin Davies and Stephen Howes, February 2014

On 9 December 2013, the Senate referred Australia’s overseas aid and development assistance program to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report. This is Devpolicy’s submission to the review authored by Robin Davies and Stephen Howes. Submissions closed on 7 February. The reporting date for the submission is 20 March 2014.

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Australia’s engagement with the African Development Bank: A submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the provisions of the African Development Bank Bill 2013
Robin Davies, July 2013

On 18 June 2013 the Senate referred the African Development Bank Bill 2013 for inquiry and report. This is Devpolicy’s submission to the review authored by Robin Davies. Submissions closed on 19 July. The reporting date for the submission is 20 August 2013.

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Submission to the Review of the Pacific Plan
Matthew Dornan, Tess Newton Cain and Stephen Howes, May 2013

A review of the Pacific Plan was announced by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at the annual meeting in the Cook Islands in 2012. This is Devpolicy’s submission to the review authored by Matthew Dornan, Tess Newton Cain and Stephen Howes. Submissions closed on 15 May 2013 . The full review is expected to be released at the next meeting of the pacific Islands Forum in September 2013.”

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Helping Timor-Leste implement a regional employment strategy: A submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s inquiry into Australia’s relationship with Timor-Leste
Richard Curtain, Robin Davies and Stephen Howes, April 2013

In February 2013 Foreign Minister Bob Carr asked The Foreign Affairs sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to conduct a comprehensive parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s relationship with Timor-Leste. This is Devpolicy’s submission to the review authored by Richard Curtain, Robin Davies and Stephen Howes. Submissions closed in late March 2013. The full review is expected to be released in late 2013.

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Fowl or Fish? A submission to the ACIAR Review
Robin Davies and Stephen Howes, December, 2012
In August 2012 Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced the first external review of the of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research since 1998. This is Devpolicy’s submission to the review authored Robin Davies and Stephen Howes. Submissions closed in early December 2012. The full review is expected to be released in early 2013.

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Australian aid to Afghanistan – submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Reference Committee
Stephen Howes and Jonathan Pryke, October, 2012

In June 2012 the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee announced an inquiry into ‘The administration, management and objective of Australia’s overseas development programs in Afghanistan in the context of the “Transition Decade”’. This is Devpolicy’s submission to the review authored by Stephen Howes and Jonathan Pryke. Submissions closed in late September. The authors were called to give testimony to the committee in early December. The report is expected to be completed by the end of March 2013.

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Annual reports

Development Policy Centre Annual Report 2014
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Development Policy Centre Annual Report 2013
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Development Policy Centre Annual Report 2012
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Development Policy Centre Annual Report 2011
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Progress reports

These reports highlight the Centre’s activities.

Development Policy Centre progress report, July - December 2014
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Development Policy Centre progress report, January - June 2014
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Development Policy Centre progress report, October - December 2013
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Development Policy Centre progress report, June - September 2013
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