The Cost of Free Money

This three-part series by Aidan Craney, PhD candidate at La Trobe University, examines the different perspectives towards finances of people in donor and recipient countries.  It looks at current debates about how to improve the efficiency of donor dollars and how to assist poor people in less-developed states to escape extreme poverty.  27 March 2015 To open up the discussion, I will look at a paper from Joseph Henrich, … Continue reading The Cost of Free Money

Innovation: transactional or transformative?

By Chris Roche Innovation has become a popular word in international development. In Australia today, Bjorn Lomborg helped to formally open DFAT’s much heralded Innovation Hub – which included the announcement of InnovationXchange, an initiative designed to ‘identify, trial and scale up successful approaches’. The US and the UK already have the Development Innovation Ventures programme. Australia got in on the I-word when Australian Foreign … Continue reading Innovation: transactional or transformative?

15 Ailments of the Development Sector – with apologies to Pope Francis

Inspired by to Pope Francis’ list of 15 “Ailments of the Curia” delivered in his Christmas address yesterday I have compiled the following 15 Ailments of the Development Sector. Thank-you Andrew Hewett for the stimulus. 1) Feeling immortal, immune or indispensable. “An NGO that doesn’t criticize itself, that doesn’t update itself, that doesn’t seek to improve itself is a sick body.” 2) Taking Yourself too … Continue reading 15 Ailments of the Development Sector – with apologies to Pope Francis

You can’t take a supertanker white-water rafting: what future for International NGOs?

Duncan Green follows up his Melbourne visit with this special guest blog. I try to avoid those endless bouts of INGO navel gazing, but don’t always succeed. Which is lucky, because recently, I had a really interesting session on ‘the future of INGOs’ at La Trobe University’s Institute for Human Security and Social Change in Melbourne. I kicked off summarising a recent paper (The End … Continue reading You can’t take a supertanker white-water rafting: what future for International NGOs?

Our contribution to the Reality of Aid Report 2014

The Reality of Aid Report 2014 will be launched by the Reality of Aid Network on 4 December 2014 at the OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France. Associate Professor Chris Roche and Dr Linda Kelly of the Institute contributed the chapter “A Changing Landscape for Partnerships: The Australian NGO experience” in the report. The Reality of Aid Reports are a series of bi-annual reports about the performance of aid donors. … Continue reading Our contribution to the Reality of Aid Report 2014