Foreign aid

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Official Development Assistance
Overseas aid


Policy report

Justice aid update and lessons from latest evaluations of donor programming

Despite the growing global movement on people-centred justice approaches, latest aid figures confirm that justice is a low priority for donors, accounting for just 1.4% of their aid. This paper makes the case for donors to change both what they fund and how they fund...
Report

Investing in our future: building strong and resilient health systems in the Indo-Pacific region

Building strong and resilient health systems across the Indo-Pacific region will require the sustained support of development partners and donors for the foreseeable future. This report presents the findings and recommendations from a rapid desk-based review of the current status of health system strengthening in...
Report

PNG voices: listening to Australia's closest neighbour

This report outlines findings from the first major study of the attitudes of Papua New Guinean citizens toward PNG society and the bilateral relationship with Australia. The research captures a wide cross-section of perspectives and experiences from ordinary PNG citizens, including those living in a...
Position paper

World Vision Australia's policy platform: election 2022

In this publication, World Vision Australia calls on all political parties to raise the level of ambition for Australia’s aid program.
Report

Report of the Inquiry into the human rights of women and girls in the Pacific

This report examines Australia’s important ongoing role in the Pacific, in the light of the recently announced 'Pacific Step-up'. In particular, it focuses on the role of civil society, the advancement of the human rights of women and girls, and the effectiveness of Australia’s overseas...
Report

Time to ‘step up’ the tempo: Australia’s answer to Beijing in Papua New Guinea

This paper argues that the opportunistic nature of Chinese foreign policy demands vigilance from Australian policy-makers. It recommends some ways Australia can use its tools of statecraft to mitigate China’s influence and competition.
Report

Fairer futures: financing global climate solutions

This report outlines a detailed roadmap showing how the Australian government can play its part in easing the burden on the world’s poorest communities now facing climate-fuelled disasters.
Report

Report of the Inquiry into Australia's defence relationships with Pacific Island nations

This report and its recommendations reflect the committee’s belief that Australia’s defence relationships in the Pacific are extremely important and becoming increasingly so, and that additional efforts can and should be made to ensure the security of our region in the years to come.
Policy report

Avoiding a Pacific lost decade: financing the Pacific’s COVID-19 recovery

This policy briefing argues that Australia should establish a $2 billion COVID-19 Pacific recovery financing facility, and advocate for other parts of the international community to increase their own contributions, to help the Pacific recover from the worst economic shock in the region’s modern history.
Strategy

Pacific regional COVID-19 development response plan

Working with Pacific partners to build a region that is secure, stable and economically strong is one of Australia’s highest foreign policy priorities.
Briefing paper

Post-pandemic governance in the Indo-Pacific

COVID-19 presents new challenges to the existing governance objectives of USAID’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, especially as great power competitors, like China, use the pandemic as a vehicle to further exacerbate existing democratic backsliding, corruption and disinformation.
Report

Security through sustainable peace: Australian international conflict prevention and peacebuilding

The purpose of this report is to review Australian experience of peace processes and suggest possible approaches for strengthening them.
Report

After COVID-19: volume 2

This volume of 'After COVID-19' builds on volume 1, and identifies some of the future challenges and opportunities as they relate to Australia’s role in the region and the multilateral system.
Report

Collective resilience: NZ’s aid contributions in times of inequality and crises

This report examines New Zealand’s overseas aid contributions against six principles of a quality aid programme that reduces inequality and poverty. The report finds that while New Zealand’s aid contribution has some firm foundations, there is room for substantial improvement.
Briefing paper

The hunger virus: how COVID-19 is fuelling hunger in a hungry world

This briefing reveals how 121 million more people could be pushed to the brink of starvation this year as a result of the social and economic fallout from the pandemic including through mass unemployment, disruption to food production and supplies, and declining aid.
Interactive resource

Emerging from COVID, securing Australia’s future: policy responses to the pandemic

Through this interactive resource, Lowy Institute experts provide policy recommendations for Australia to address issues that are critical to our nation’s — and the world’s — successful emergence from the pandemic.
Guide

COVID-19 in the region: a quick guide

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across Australia’s immediate region is still unfolding. This guide represents a snapshot of the situation as at early June 2020.
Strategy

Partnerships for recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 development response

The Australian government’s Partnerships for Recovery policy presents Australia’s priorities in working globally, and especially with our near neighbours, to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

Will China’s ‘COVID-aid’ offensive reshape ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific outlook?

Southeast Asian governments – which are badly affected by the pandemic – have been the leading recipients of Chinese aid. It comes at a time when ASEAN is attempting to reappraise its position with respect to the US and China, given accelerating competition between the...
Briefing paper

China’s coronavirus ‘COVID-19 diplomacy’ in the Pacific

As the largest new player in the region, this paper briefly examines China’s ‘COVID-19 diplomacy’ and argues that the pandemic may have geopolitical consequences.