Australian International Aid: Accountability & Transparency

A discussion and three course dinner on

Australian International Aid

Accountability & Transparency

was held on
Wednesday 24 February 2016
At Taj Agra Indian Restaurant,
35 Woolley St, Dickson, ACT

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Master of Ceremonies

SiobhanHeanue

Siobhan Heanue
Reporter, Presenter
ABC Television, Radio and Online

Speakers

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Kathryn Elliott
Director
Health Program and Performance Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson
International Policy Manager
Australian Red Cross, ACT

ProfWilliamMaley

Professor William Maley
The Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy
Australian National University

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Sam Zappia
Manager
Country Programs Team
Care Australia, ACT

Speeches began at 6:30pm, followed by a Q&A session.

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One Response to Australian International Aid: Accountability & Transparency

  1. Forum Administrator (AA) says:

    Mr. Mirza Salman Babar Beg, Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan commended the presentations made by the panelists and termed them informative. He stated that listening to Speakers, it was clear that Government of Australia puts a lot of emphasis on ensuring transparency and accountability in the delivery of aid to various countries. He also appreciated the quantum of resources that Australia commits annually in terms of foreign aid.

    He shared a couple of observations thereon. Mr. Beg said that it is imperative to match needs of communities with projects so where a road is needed, a school is not built or where a school is needed, a road is not built. This necessitates allowing communities’ participation at the time of assessment of their needs. Such endeavours would ensure best value for aid spending.

    His second observation related to global perspectives on aid and poverty reduction. He indicated that UN suggests a benchmark of 1% of gross domestic project in aid by the developed countries. In the current global economic situation, hardly any developed country is able to meet this target. Rather whenever any austerity/ budget savings are carried out, foreign aid budgets are the first to be slashed. Given this context, other vehicles to support developing countires like trade liberalization and investment assume greater significance. As the mantra went, “Trade not Aid”, a lot can be achieved by liberalization of trade for the benefit of all. He lamented the fact that WTO’s Doha Round is deadlocked since 1995 over issue of farm subsidies in the developed countries. Similarly in designing Bilateral Investment Treaties, there is a need to ensure that they should reflect perspectives of both investors and local communities. He cited Indonesia’s example which terminated over 50 Bilateral Investment Treaties over such concerns.

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