DFAT's innovation resource facility: What it means for Australian aid

By Lisa Cornish 27 March 2017

Scientists work on improving a new cholera vaccination inside a laboratory. Photo by: Conor Ashleigh / DFAT / CC BY

InnovationXchange, or iXc, is a unit within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that provides support for innovation across the Australian aid program. They have launched a new resource to assist with their mandate of improving the impact and value for money of the Australian aid program — the Innovation Resource Facility.

For iXc and DFAT, setting up this facility was the preferred approach of delivering innovative solutions to the aid program because of the need for flexibility in the context of a rapidly evolving market, and a likely diverse set of needs. The IRF provides Australian aid with access to high-quality technical advisory services.

“A key part of iXc’s mandate is to increase the impact of Australian aid through finding and testing new ways to address long held problems,” a spokesperson for DFAT explained to Devex. “This might be new technologies, the application of new scientific findings, or new ways to influence behaviours to improve development outcomes.

AECOM, a large Australian-based development service provider, has been contracted by iXc to provide all management and support services for iXc for a two year period, with services available not only to the aid program but to all of Australia’s federal government agencies that may require innovative solutions in the delivery of government services.

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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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