Is Kevin Rudd's New Foreign Aid Adviser Too Inexperienced?

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd. Photo by: Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence / CC BY Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of ExcellenceCC BY

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd has recently announced the latest addition to his team: Daniel Street as adviser on Australia’s foreign aid budget. Brendan Rigby of notes that Street, a 29-year old journalist, has no background on foreign aid.

“He recently completed a Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies at Cambridge University under a Chevening Scholarship. Daniel has also been involved in fundraising for the Jesuit Refugee Service and helping to establish a youth-run homeless shelter in Sydney. Otherwise, he has no professional experience in foreign aid,” Rigby explains in a recent blog entry.

Street’s appointment appears to be in line with Rudd’s history of hiring “young, loyal and highly-positioned staff,” Rigby notes.

He adds: “It is impossible to gauge what his [Street’s] views are on aid and development, though his majors were politics and international relations in development studies. His role may be to remind Kevin of Australia’s strategic imperatives and how aid can be best used to secure them.”

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    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.