Development Policy Centre

Research report

10 Jan 2017

This report outlines findings from an audit that was conducted in order to assess the transparency of the Australian aid program at the project level as of mid-2016, as measured by the availability of information about aid-funded projects on the Department of Foreign Affairs and...

Blog post

7 Oct 2015

Emergency care has an image problem: in the context of low and middle income countries (LMICs), it is often characterised as being too expensive, too complex and too much of a luxury to gain much traction.

While in developed countries we take emergency care...

Discussion paper

1 Jun 2015

This paper examines data from a household survey undertaken in Papua New Guinea which found that when respondents were better educated and believed corruption would be addressed by the government, they were more willing to report various types of corruption to officials.


Briefing paper

10 Dec 2014

Papua New Guinea (PNG) must adjust to lower liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil prices to avoid a crisis. The PNG LNG project is still extremely important for the country, but because of lower prices many of the benefits of the production phase of the...


14 Nov 2013


Jim Adams delivered the 2013 Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture on November 14, 2013. The Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture Series, of which this is the second, has been created to provide a new forum at which the most pressing development issues can...


21 Jan 2013

This submission is written by Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre and Mr Jonathan Pryke a researcher at the Centre. Professor Howes has twenty-five years of experience working in and on aid and development in the AsiaPacific region. Formerly Lead Economist for...

Video lecture/presentation

22 Nov 2012

Ms Pires explains, drawing from its own experience in achieving social stability and rapid growth, Timor-Leste’s pioneering role in the establishment of the g7+, a group of now 18 fragile states that was formed in 2010 as a country-owned and country-led global mechanism to monitor,...

Research report

31 May 2012

This article investigates whether female political representation affects economic growth. Panel estimates for 119 democracies using fixed effects specifications and a system generalized method of moments approach suggest that, over recent decades, countries with higher shares of women in parliament have had faster growing economies....

Research report

8 May 2012

An important public policy question is whether improved targeting of public spending will necessarily result in more or more cost-effective poverty reduction.

In an important and influential study, Ravallion (2009) shows that targeting measures perform poorly as indicators of the poverty impact and cost...

Research report

5 Mar 2012

This paper offers a fresh insight into the performance and reform opportunities of the formal health system of Papua New Guinea. A central tenant of this paper is that the historically imposed and continuing top-down nature of the formal health system in PNG is not...

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