Covid has put Governance at the heart of debates on Development, but how has it changed the questions we ask?

The aim of this blog is to suggest ways in which the ‘governance discourse’ (what a grand term!) is changing – indeed has already changed - as a result of Covid-19. I know that blogs are supposed to be discursive and informal. Recently our office was privileged to have a session with that master-blogger, Duncan …

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But what about Australian aid in five years’ time?

In his blog of June 4, Stephen Howes said that there was a lot to about DFAT’s new ‘Partnerships for Recovery’ strategy. There was also a lot to like about Stephen’s blog. He ended by suggesting that the strategy was too tentative to be convincing. My concern is different – it is too short-term to …

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Why aren’t aid projects making better use of research and evidence, and what can we do about it?

By Lavinia Tyrrel and Priya Chattier Does research and evidence really make a tangible difference in Australian aid for development? Or are we just kidding ourselves that we are solving complex development challenges and making a lasting impact? And if we are, how can we make better use of research and evidence that not only …

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What it’s like to be a (consenting) lab-rat: using research in aid and development

By Reiko Take and Lavinia Tyrrel Spent last Friday in the kick-off workshop looking at how to get aid organisations to make better use of evidence and research in development policy and programming. This is all part of an action research project funded by the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network and implemented by La …

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Women in the Australian international aid sector

*Blog originally posted on 8/3/19 (International Women's Day)  Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). A day to celebrate women’s achievements, and forge a more gender-balanced world. Abt Associates’ aid programs overseas are marking this day with events in country. These events bring focus to the tireless efforts of the men, women, local organisations, governments, donors …

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