Economic assistance

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Briefing paper

Regulatory quality and COVID-19: managing the risks and supporting the recovery

The exceptional situation of the COVID-19 pandemic underlines the importance of regulation, alongside taxing, spending and communicating, as one of the most relevant levers of government action.
Discussion paper

Art vs dismal science: the economics of Australia’s creative arts sector

This paper highlights the significant economic contribution of the creative arts in Australia and the threat that COVID-19 presents to the sector. It also reveals that a majority of Australians (58%) support a $750 million federal relief package to support the live music sector which...
Working paper

Is the World Bank leaving no one behind?

This working paper, which examines the World Bank’s alignment with the commitment to leave no one behind, offers an operational definition for the commitment and devises a set of good-enough indicators of progress for it, which could also be applicable to development cooperation actors.
Briefing paper

Similar patterns? Chinese aid to island countries in the Pacific and the Caribbean

By providing a comparative analysis of these two island regions, the authors aim to further understanding of Chinese aid in the Pacific and shed light on the current debates on Chinese aid modalities, motives and impact.
Report

Enter the dragon: Australia, China, and the new Pacific development agenda

This report is written as a response to the proposed Australian Infrastructure Investment Fund for the Pacific (AIFFP), a $2 billion facility that intends to combine $500 million of aid grants with $1.5 million of loans to Pacific Island projects.
Report

The US-Vietnam economic relationship: why Beijing Is watching

This paper argues that the enhanced US-Vietnam economic ties reflect the fact that Washington has begun to recognise Vietnam’s economic potential and geopolitical significance.
Briefing paper

Finishing strong: seeking a proper exit from Afghanistan

This paper argues that the United States should pursue an exit strategy that is based on realistic timelines, supports a viable peace process that achieves a legitimate, representative Afghan government, seeks to protect the political and social gains made over almost 20 years, and provides...
Journal article

Foreign aid and inclusive education in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati: a question of ownership

A positive commitment towards inclusive education in Kiribati is emerging and that Australian Aid provided essential advocacy for children with disabilities through direct management of initiatives by the expatriate administered Kiribati Education Facility.
Report

2018 Australia–Papua New Guinea emerging leaders dialogue: outcomes report

The 2018 Dialogue looked at PNG’s time on the global stage as the host of APEC 2018, and also considered whether hoped-for opportunities in tourism have been realised. The participants also discussed the current state of the PNG–Australia relationship and the increased interest in the...
Evaluation

Papua New Guinea country programme evaluation

New Zealand’s development cooperation activities in PNG, with a focus on agriculture, energy, gender and support for Bougainville, have been evaluated as generally valid and should continue as strategic investment areas.