AusAID-DFAT merger: Lessons for a better aid program

Relief supplies provided by Australia and UNICEF in Fiji. Photo by: DFAT / CC BY

CANBERRA —  Five years on from the merger of AusAID and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the results are mixed — but there has been a general recognition that the changing world in which humanitarian and development programs work require a different model than that of the past.

“They have made good progress, but now it is closing that fairly significant gap between an ambitious vision, an agenda, and a means to realize it,” said Richard Moore, a principal strategist with consulting company Positive Influence, who launched his independent review of the AusAID-DFAT merger in February at the Australasian Aid Conference.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.