Australia's new aid policy: Risks and opportunities for contractors

A pallet of humanitarian relief supplies for Cyclone Evan victims in 2012 in Fiji are loaded onto an aircraft. What do private contractors think of Australia’s new aid paradigm? Photo by: Dan Pilhorn / Australian Department of Defense / CC BY

The changes in Australian foreign aid policy laid out two weeks ago by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will inevitably bring changes in how the country’s official development assistance is delivered by development partners, including, of course, private sector contractors.

Bishop’s “new aid paradigm” will implement performance benchmarks to gain more value for money, along with an increased focus on private sector participation in delivering aid projects — a progress largely welcomed by the international development community clamoring for more details and direction following the Abbott government’s highly scrutinized aid decisions since elections last September.

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    Lean Alfred Santos

    Lean Alfred Santos is a former Devex development reporter focusing on the development community in Asia-Pacific, including major players such as the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. He previously covered Philippine and international business and economic news, sports and politics.