As Australia gears up to increase its official development assistance, the donor nation will implement an independent review of the Australian aid program, the first since 1996.
The review, which will run for the next five months, aims to examine the effectiveness and efficiency as well as guide the strategic direction of Australia’s aid program.
“The aim of Australia’s aid program is to reduce poverty through improved medical care, education, economic opportunities and governance,” Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said in a news release. “In doing so, the program also aims to enable communities to generate their own long-term sustainable economic development, and increase stability within our region.”
An external panel chaired by Sandy Hollway, chief executive officer of the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, will conduct the review.
Hollway previously served as a deputy secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Australia, where he focused on foreign aid and other international matters.