Crawford School Dialogue

Crawford School Dialogue:
Doubling Australian Aid

Venue: Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School, The Australian National University
Date: Monday, 7th February, 2011
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
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The "Doubling Australian Aid" conference aims to ensure that the Review builds on the best and most recent evidence base available. The one-day conference, which will be attended by Review Panel members, will bring together the latest research on Australian aid.

9.30am - 10am

Coffee and registration

10am - 10.05am


Tom Kompas, Director, Crawford School

10.05am - 10.45am

AusAID reforms

Peter Baxter, Director General, Australian Agency for International Development

Chair: Tom Kompas, Director, Crawford School

10.45am - 11.20am

What Matters for Aid Effectiveness?

Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre

This session sets the context for the conference. It provides an overview of the determinants of aid effectiveness, and reflects on the nature of the evidence for effectiveness.

Chair: Odo Tevi, Vanuatu Reserve Bank Governor

11.20am - 11.40am Tea break

11.40am - 12.30pm

Panel 1: The Rapidly Changing Aid Scene

The aid world is far from static. Traditional donors are changing where and how they give aid. New donors – both public and private sector – are entering the field. New calls are being made on aid funding, including climate change. What are the main trends and what are the implications?

  • Aid innovations
    Matt Morris, Research Fellow, Crawford School (with Jonathon Pryke, Research Associate, Development Policy Centre)
    » view presentation [PDF, 518KB]
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  • Emerging donors
    Sean Burges, Lecturer in International Relations, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU
    » view presentation [PDF, 143KB]
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  • New directions in non-government aid
    Chris Roche, Director, Development Effectiveness, Oxfam Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor, Institute for Human Security, La Trobe University
    » view presentation [PDF, 1215KB]
    » view paper [PDF, 411KB]
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Chair: Andrew Macintyre, Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific

12.30pm - 1.40pm Lunch

1.40pm - 2.30pm
Parallel Session

Panel 2A: Asian Case-studies

The use of detailed case-studies to draw lessons on aid effectiveness is one of the most promising avenues of research. The first parallel session presents three new case studies from Asia.

  • Aid and the Asian tsunami
    Peter McCawley, Visiting Fellow, Arndt-Corden Division, Crawford School
    » view presentation [PDF, 148KB]
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  • The role of aid in Asia's development: learning from success
    Stephen Smith, Principal Economist, Access Economics.
    » view presentation [PDF, 108KB]
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  • Delivering Australian aid to Afghanistan
    Michele Lipner, member of the ACFID Afghanistan Working Group, and formerly ACFID Secondee to the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence
    » view presentation [PDF, 84KB]
    » view presentation concluding comments [PDF, 66KB]
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Chair: Margaret Callan, Visiting Research Fellow, Crawford School.

1.40pm - 2.30pm Parallel Session

Panel 2B: Global Case-Studies

The second parallel session presents three case studies from around the world.

  • Is there a micro-macro paradox in international aid, or do the data deceive?
    Cate Rogers, Research Associate, Development Policy Centre and formerly Director, Office of Development Effectiveness, AusAID.
    » view presentation [PDF, 272KB]
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  • Australian aid to Africa: lessons from Malawi
    Aaron Batten, Economist, Debt and Aid Management Division, Ministry of Finance, Malawi
    » view presentation [PDF, 573KB]
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  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: business versus bureaucracy in international development
    Ian Anderson, Director, Ian Anderson Economics.
    » view presentation [PDF, 243KB]
    » view paper [PDF, 530KB]
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Chair: Mark Baird, formerly Vice-President, World Bank

2.30pm - 3.20pm Parallel Session

Panel 3A: Aid and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the potential game-changers for aid. These two papers present a macro and micro level of how the climate change and aid worlds might collide.

  • Climate finance and aid: implications for Australia
    Jonathan Pickering, Research Associate, Development Policy Centre
    » view presentation [PDF, 362KB]
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  • Reducing tropical deforestation: lessons from the Kalimantan Forest Carbon Partnership
    Erik Olbrei, Research Associate, Development Policy Centre
    » view presentation [PDF, 2464KB]
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Chair: Frank Jotzo, Director Climate Change Economics and Policy Centre, Crawford School

2.30pm - 3.20pm Parallel Session

Panel 3B: Pacific Aid Analysis

This session presents analyses of aid to the Pacific, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques.

  • Lessons from the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
    Sinclair Dinnen, Senior Fellow, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia
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  • Does the Pacific get too much aid?
    Simon Feeny, Associate Professor, Economics, RMIT.
    » view presentation [PDF, 95KB]
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  • Aid to Vanuatu: successes and failures
    Nikunj Soni, Chair, Pacific Institute of Public Policy
    » view presentation [PDF, 79KB]
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Chair: Annmaree O'Keeffe, Research Fellow, Lowy Institute and Research Associate, Development Policy Centre

3.20pm - 3.40pm

Tea break

3.40pm - 4.40pm

Panel 4:  The Pacific - aid and integration

Australia's aid began in the Pacific, but what is the future of aid to the Pacific? Should it also double, or is the Pacific already over-aided?

Chair: Richard Marles, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Pacific

4.40pm - 5.30pm

Panel 5: Practitioners' Panel: reflections on aid

This panel concludes the conference with reflections from a distinguished panel of aid practitioners.

  • Bob McMullan, formerly Parliamentary Secretary for International Development, and Adjunct Professor, Crawford School
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  • Jane Thomason, Director, JTA International and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Population Health, University of Queensland.
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  • Mark Baird, formerly Vice-President, World Bank
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Chair: Matt Morris, Research Fellow, Crawford School and Deputy Director, Development Policy Centre


Close of Conference

Sandy Hollway, Chair, Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness
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