Takeaways from the 2018 Aid Supplier Conference

DFAT and suppliers come together at the 2018 Aid Supplier Conference in Canberra on February 15. Photo by: Lisa Cornish / Devex

CANBERRA — The second annual Aid Supplier Conference in Canberra, Australia, on Feb. 15, provided an opportunity for Australian aid suppliers to engage directly with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, learning about new business opportunities and internal changes that will impact partner organizations.

The importance of private sector partners to Australia’s aid program, engaged through competitive tender processes, was highlighted by the Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, the minister for international development and the Pacific.

“Around 18 percent of the Australia’s development assistance is delivered through commercial contracts,” she said in her opening remarks.

Australia’s aid budget is $3.9 billion Australian dollars ($3.1 billion), with more than AU$700 million of business opportunities annually.

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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.