Foreign aid


16 Jan 2018

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Maurice Newman share a deep suspicion of China’s intentions in the Pacific. Graeme Smith argues that the reality doesn’t match their claims.


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.


1 Aug 2017

The threat of a new pandemic remains a key global risk. The Australian Government invested around $194 million between 2006 and 2015 through the aid program to help countries in Asia and the Pacific combat emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), such as avian influenza. Investments were...

Research report

7 Jul 2017

As Fiji prepares to chair climate talks in late 2017, Pacific leaders are gathering in Suva to consider what policies to push for. One should be a moratorium on new coal mines.

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.

Journal article

17 Mar 2017

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has been busy since the late 2000s studying the way aid donors manage their relations with development civil society organisations (CSOs). More than studying these relations, they have made some very detailed, managerialist suggestions about how CSOs...

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

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...


1 Sep 2016

The purpose of the evaluation is to deliver an evidence base that can guide New Zealand government decisions regarding improvements to be made to the Tonga Programme, identify lessons to apply to ongoing and future work in Tonga, contribute to informing the future strategic direction,...

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...



9 Jun 2016

We need better leadership on foreign aid than what we've been experiencing, because profiting from neglecting our international commitments is lazy politics, writes Heath Pickering.


1 Jun 2016

This mid-phase review of the current Local Government Technical Assistance Facility for Pacific Island Countries (PacificTA) to inform PacificTA managers, funders and implementers of results to date, and to inform future decision-making, as well as to meet accountability requirements.

Journal article

31 May 2016

Despite significant investments, community-driven development (CDD) projects have yielded mixed successes in different countries and localities, underscoring the need to improve the project model. Recognising the importance of critical success factors (CSFs) in this exercise from different stakeholders’ perspectives and at a project-level ‘micro’ view,...


11 May 2016

Australia has an obligation to assist other nations which are yet to experience our levels of prosperity. The OECD target for foreign aid, known as Official Development Assistance, is 0.7% of Gross National Income. We need to meet this level of aid in order to...



3 May 2016

Cuts to Australia’s foreign aid budget introduced by Joe Hockey last year are being maintained in the 2016 Budget, resulting in a further $224 million fall to $3.877 billion in 2016-17.

The latest reduction follows the biggest cut on record, with Hockey slashing $1...


21 Apr 2016

This report, 'Australian Engagement with Developing Countries Part 2: Official Sector Statistical Summary, 2014-15', presents statistical details of Australia's development cooperation with partner countries, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector. It provides a range of information at the aggregate...

Research report

19 Apr 2016

The humanitarian system has a proven ability to produce innovations, but it does so sporadically and often struggles to take good ideas to scale quickly. The system does not consistently invest in innovation, and humanitarian actors have not always been successful at actively managing innovation...


1 Apr 2016

This evaluation identifies what is working and what is not in order to improve the Tonga Police Development Programme management and implementation, and achievement of results, for the remaining duration of its current phase.

Discussion paper

16 Feb 2016

Australia operates a dedicated Humanitarian Programme that offers resettlement for refugees and others overseas who are in humanitarian need, and protection for people who arrive lawfully in Australia and engage Australia’s protection obligations.

Each year, the Australian Government seeks the views of the Australian...