Australian Aid Review Not Expected to Propose Major Changes

An independent review of Australia’s foreign aid program is expected to recommend that the country focus on fewer major projects instead of a large number of smaller initiatives.

The review is unlikely to recommend major changes as the head of the panel leading it says he does not see the need for a major revamp of the Australian Agency for International Development.

“I have the impression of a program that’s good but can be made better, rather than one that is in any sense deeply broken and needs radical surgery,” Sandy Hollway said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness is also expected to recommend that AusAID continue its focus on Asian and Pacific countries, while also contributing to Africa and other more far-flung locations.

The review - the first independent review of AusAID in 15 years - was launched in November to take stock of effectiveness and efficiency, as well as guide the strategic direction of Australia’s aid program.

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    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.