Friday, 19 October 2012

The Politics of Australian Aid Policy


By Andrew Rosser

At an IDS guest seminar Andrew Rosser examined how Australian aid policy is made and what impact AusAid can have, given the fact that it is now one of the OECD’s ten largest bilateral donors. You can follow Andrew’s presentation below:

Abstract
Australian aid has been ramped up substantially in recent years: in absolute dollar terms, Australia is now one of the OECD’s ten largest bilateral donors. In this presentation, Andrew Rosser examines how Australian aid policy is made, the actors involved in the process, and the implications for the size, ideological orientation, and geographic distribution of Australian aid. He also examines the shifts that have taken place in Australian aid policy since the election of the Rudd-Gillard Labor government in 2007 and speculates on how it is likely to change if, as expected, the Liberal-National Coalition wins office in 2013.



Biography
Andrew Rosser is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Adelaide. His work on the political economy of development in Indonesia has appeared in World Development, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, New Political Economy, and IDS Bulletin among other outlets. His work on Australian aid policy includes ‘Neo-liberalism and the Politics of Aid Policy-Making in Australia,’ Australian Journal of International Affairs, 62 (3), 2008, pp.372-385.

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