Is DFAT's gender programming set for a shake-up?

Women from Naviyago Village in Fiji learn how to build and cultivate garden beds, rotate crops, and plant vegetables as part of a gardening project in 2011. Photo by: Maggie Boyle / DFAT / CC BY

CANBERRA — The focus of the Market Development Facility within the Australian aid program is to foster private sector investment to support development objectives in the Indo-Pacific region — including improving income for women.

Managed by Palladium for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, MDF plays an important role in creating aid impact through women’s economic empowerment.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. 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.