Q&A: An Australian High Commission view on private partnerships

Timothy Kendall, economic counselor at the Australia High Commission in India. Photo by: Vikalp Sansthan

CANBERRA — The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recently announced the recipients of the latest round of the Business Partnerships Platform to support Australian aid objectives in India — a program managed by Palladium to promote private sector engagement in development. The projects are focused on women’s empowerment, improved health, and access to clean energy.

“The BPP is not business as usual for DFAT, and the approach is quite different from a conventional government grant payment.”

— Timothy Kendall, economic counselor, Australian High Commission in New Delhi

As we await the announcement from the third round of the partnerships, economic counselor Timothy Kendall from the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, India, discussed the importance of these partnerships for both DFAT and the recipients in a recent interview with Devex.

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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.