Ashlee summarised the views of the likely members of the Senate crossbench on Australian aid, climate change and refugees following the July 2016 Federal Election.
(Photo credit: The Skewer)
On the Devpolicy Blog, Ashlee reviews a new book by ANU academic Patrick Kilby on the history of the Australian Council for International Development.
Ashlee analysed the impact of the 30 per cent cut to the Australian Volunteers for International Development in the 2015 Federal Budget on the Devpolicy Blog.
In an analysis piece, she looked at what the cut could mean for the future of the program.
“Consolidation seems to be the only logical step. But even then, hard decisions will be needed: fewer volunteers to Asia or fewer to the Pacific? If cost is the criterion – and it is hard to see why it wouldn’t be – the Pacific is bound to lose out.”
Ashlee also covered updates on the program post-budget on the blog–see below.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the human rights subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into and report on 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 this inquiry, we focused on addressing the family and sexual violence epidemic in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
This submission was prepared by Ms Ashlee Betteridge, Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, The Australian National University, and Dr Kamalini Lokuge, Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University.
Download full submission [pdf].
An overview of the recent developments and changes in Australian aid for the cogitAsia blog at the Center for International & Strategic Studies.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a damning Compliance Panel Review (CPR) report of a controversial railway redevelopment project in Cambodia, which was supported by Australian aid.
Activists have long challenged the project’s forced resettlement of thousands of poor families who had made makeshift homes along disused railway tracks, alleging inadequate compensation, threats, harassment, inadequate facilities at resettlement sites and adverse impacts on livelihoods.
The CPR report [pdf], released on Friday, agreed with many of these concerns and found that the project was non-compliant with a number of ADB safeguards.
Why don’t Bananas in Pyjamas sleep under mosquito nets or speak Tok Pisin? They are a tropical fruit.
If we are looking to shake up the Australia Network, could television be an area where development and diplomacy harmonise?
Parliamentary committee inquiries into the Australian aid program over the last decade have been few and far between, even as the aid program has grown massively. A parliamentary committee or subcommittee could improve parliamentary oversight of the Australian aid program and deliver a number of benefits.
I co-authored a policy brief with Stephen Howes on this topic for the Development Policy Centre in November 2013.
Download policy brief [pdf].
Just as the US is pushing to reform its long criticised food aid program, Queensland graziers and Victorian stonefruit growers are calling on the Australian government to purchase and send surplus livestock and agricultural products to developing countries in the name of ‘helping’ – and their idea is being backed by some federal MPs.
Ashlee Betteridge writes on why these suggestions are such a bad idea for aid effectiveness.