Australian aid programs delivered by theDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade have been growing larger and more complex. Many projects nowadays involve long-term investments totaling tens of millions of dollars, and they demand private sector partnerships capable of handling complicated deliverables.
3i is not the first DFAT program to engage the private sector, but it is the first to engage it on a large-scale infrastructure program. But how does such a large-scale and long-term program operate to achieve its goals? Devex spoke with key personnel in Canberra and on the ground in Cambodia for their insights.
3i’s Canberra-based project manager, Alwyn Chilver, is a former AusAid employee who was instrumental in developing the strategy and concept of the program. The idea of engaging the private sector in a large infrastructure project came through earlier successful engagements in Cambodia with the Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain, or CAVAC, program.
Lisa Cornish is a Devex reporter based in Canberra, Australia. 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.
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