by Matt Morris, Research Fellow specialising in aid and development policy and Deputy Director of the Development Policy Centre & Development Policy blog
These are unprecedented times for Australian aid which, after a long period of decline and stagnation, doubled between 2005 and last year, and, under the current bipartisan consensus, will double again by 2015. The Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness has been commissioned by the Government to review the first doubling, and make recommendations for the second.
The "Doubling Australian Aid" conference will be held at the ANU's Crawford School, Canberra, on Monday 7 February.
Hosted by the Development Policy Centre, this upcoming 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.
Topics in the conference agenda include the determinants of aid effectiveness; the rapidly changing aid landscape; project and country-level case studies; and the future of aid in the Pacific. Speakers include not only many of Australia's leading aid researchers, but also a number of very experienced aid practitioners.
Aid has long suffered from both policy and research neglect in Australia. No longer. Attend this first-of-its-kind conference and be part of the new aid debate.
To register for this event please email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 2 February (early registration is essential to ensure you don't miss out)