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Independent review of aid effectiveness

This report remains accessible to the public to assist research, and may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application.

Summary of publication

In 2011 the Australian Government established an independent panel to undertake a review on the future direction of Australia's aid program.

The review examined whether the current systems, policies and procedures for the aid program maximise effectiveness and efficiency.

The panel members were:

  • Mr Sandy Hollway AO
  • Professor Stephen Howes
  • Ms Margaret Reid AO
  • Mr Bill Farmer AO
  • Mr John Denton

The panel was supported by a secretariat led by AusAID.

The panel consulted with key stakeholders, including non-government organisations, relevant Australian Government departments, partner governments in our region and bilateral and multilateral donors. The panel also accepted written submissions from the public.

Full publication

Studies commissioned by the Review Panel

The Review Panel commissioned several studies from experienced practitioners and subject matter experts to inform its work. The Review Panel drew on some of the analysis, findings and recommendations contained within these studies but also consulted other sources in formulating its final conclusions. Studies were commissioned on the following topics:

The effectiveness of Australia's aid program to Indondesia

The effectiveness of Australia's aid program to Africa

How the aid program can more effectively engage with multilateral organisations

How the aid program can more effectively engage with the private sector

What lessons can be learned from the experience of other donors in scaling up their programs

Findings from independent reviews of AusAID activities over the past three years

An analysis of the political, economic and social trends that are likely to shape the development context in 2015–20

Last Updated: 13 July 2018
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