AusAid Begins Cutting Down Number of Consultants

    The Australian Agency for International Development is slowly decreasing the number of consultants it hires for aid programs, according to new figures, which indicate compensation packages for long-term advisers have also been reduced.

    There are 1,262 advisers working in AusAid programs as of June 30, 247 fewer than the total number of advisers 18 months earlier, MSN reports, citing an internal agency stocktake. Average packages for long-term advisers also dropped to 15,000 Australian dollars ($15,490) from AU$20,000, AusAID figures show.

    Earlier this year, the Australian government outlined plans to reduce the number of consultants for its development programs following a review indicating its “over-reliance” on advisers.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.