International relief

Report

6 Sep 2017

The CAF World Giving Index looks at how and why people around the world give to charity. This edition outlines data from 139 countries, which represents an incredible 95% of the world’s population.

Policy report

1 Sep 2017

This report examines ten years of primary aid for trade data and programming, and its impact on poverty reduction and inclusive growth. The report also considers how these emerging global trends can inform Australia’s own aid for trade agenda.

Discussion paper

19 Apr 2017

This discussion paper has been prepared for the public to provide their views on the management and composition of the Humanitarian Programme (the Programme) for 2017–18.

Research report

17 Jan 2017

Aid organisation, CARE International, has issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.

The report features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central...

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...

Book

4 Dec 2016

How Change Happens also sheds light on why the relationships between such activists are often fraught. People bring their own worldviews to the question of change. Do we prefer conflict (‘speaking truth to power’) or cooperation (‘winning friends and influencing people’)? Do we see progress...

Guide

14 Oct 2016

In 1996 DFAT and Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) initiated an accreditation scheme for NGOs participating in the official Australian aid program. Accreditation enables NGOs to participate in the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Accreditation acts as a front-end risk management and due diligence process....

Research report

22 Sep 2016

The Abbott Government made important changes to Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs, following its election in September 2013.

Large reductions in funding, foreshadowed in the Coalition’s September 2013 pre-election costings, commenced in January 2014. A further series of funding cuts were announced in...

Research report

6 Jul 2016

In the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, independent operational evaluations focus on individual aid investments. These evaluations are generally managed by DFAT's country and regional programs.

This Review of Operational Evaluations examined 35 such evaluations completed in 2014. It is the second Review...

Essay

18 Apr 2016

Gareth Evans examines how non-state actors are increasingly of more importance in the prevention and resolution of crisis and conflict.

Introduction

The global issues with which policymakers the world over are now grappling cover a formidably broad canvas of economic, environmental, social,...

Report

15 Nov 2015

Selected infrastructure investments completed between 2004-2013 by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) were evaluated. The purpose of the evaluation is to independently inform MFAT of improvements that can be made within current infrastructure investments in the Pacific and lessons learned...

Book

3 Aug 2015

The Australian Council for International Development is the peak body of Australian international development NGOs. This book explores ACFID’s history since its founding in 1965, drawing on current and contemporary literature as well as extensive archival material. The trends and challenges in international development are...

Working paper

13 Mar 2015

Presents new research on the objectives, motivations, and challenges of ‘innovation spaces’ in humanitarian and development work.

Introduction

The use of the term ‘lab’, more commonly seen in the physical and natural sciences, conjures a sense of a safe haven for experimentation,...

Website

1 Feb 2015

China has diplomatic relations with 8 Pacific island countries: the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Others recognise Taiwan. China has held two main regional meetings (2006 & 2013) in which it announced a...

Research report

30 Jan 2015

The report examined Australia’s support for service systems in decentralised contexts - the evaluation focussed on the health, education and infrastructure (water, sanitation and roads) sectors.

Foreword

Public services have been decentralised in most countries where Australia provides aid. This means Australia,...

Research report

1 Jun 2014

An evaluation by the Office of Development Effectiveness of Australia’s response to the Horn of Africa humanitarian crisis, 2011.

Foreword

This report identifies many strengths of the Australian response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa in 2011. At the...

Video lecture/presentation

24 Feb 2014

Roger Riddell's 2008 book Does Foreign Aid Really Work? was the first attempt in more than 20 years to survey the evidence around whether aid actually works. It was also the first to examine the role and impact of development and emergency aid provided by...

Research report

30 Dec 2011

In November 2010, the Australian Government commissioned an independent review of the Australian aid program, the first since 1996.

The Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness wascompleted in April 2011 and concluded that Australia had a “good aid program” and that Australiais “an effective performer...

Commentary

Article

25 Oct 2010

Kevin Rudd might prove to be a much better foreign minister than prime minister, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian

THERE is no truth in the rumour that Kevin Rudd has forgotten to tell overseas leaders he is no longer prime minister. Rather, says...

Evaluation

15 Dec 2007

For many years, the NZ Red Cross Society (NZRC) has provided personnel for both IFRC and ICRC missions through its International Delegates Programme (IDP). The Strategic Objective of the programme is: “To recruit, train, place and support appropriately skilled personnel for International Red Cross...