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Australasian Aid conference 2020


The Australasian AID Conference brings together researchers working in the AID and International Development sectors from across the globe to share insights, promote collaboration, and develop the research community. Held in Canberra between 17-19 February, the conference examines a wide ranging, multidisciplinary scope of development topics.

A team from our Australia office, and our Office of the Chief Economist attended the conference to present a paper on development diagnostics, and chaired a panel on understanding the new dynamics between donor and recipient governments.

Thicker Diagnostic

During AAC2020 our senior economist, Stevan Lee, will be presenting the new Thicker Diagnostic working paper produced by our Office of the Chief Economist. The paper explores a 'thicker' approach to development diagnostics where the intergration of politics and institutions is embedded in a traditional economic diagnostic.

Learn more about thicker diagnostics in our video below, and download the Thicker Diagnostic working paper.

Download the Thicker Diagnostics working paper

Navigating New Dynamics

We are also hosting the Navigating New Dynamics panel, which will explore how narrowing disparities between developing and developed countries can provide an opportunity to reshape traditional donor-government relationships. Read our blog written by Sandra Naranjo, former Vice President of Equador, and Ben French, our Senior portfolio leader for Public Sector Governance, which discusses key thoughts ahead of the panel.

Read our Navigating New Dynamics blog

To continue the discussions we've been having at AAC2020, find out more about the work our Economic Growth and Public Sector Governance teams are doing below.

Economic Growth

Economic growth is central to the reduction of poverty. According to the World Bank, more than one-third of the global population lived below the international poverty line in 1990. Today, less than 10% of the population live at or below this line, defined as US$1.90 per day. This achievement reflects buoyant growth in low- and middle-income countries over the past 30 years.

Economic growth alone is not enough, however. Many countries have experienced rapid economic growth, without the benefits being shared beyond a narrow elite. The climate crisis also shows the dangers of pursuing growth of financial capital, at the expense of natural capital. Learn more about our work supporting a pattern of economic growth which is both socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable below.

Public Sector Governance

Turning government policy and plans into visible and meaningful actions is challenging for every government. To successfully deliver services and enable inclusive economic growth, every government must solve the policy implementation challenge. We help governments overcome this challenge.

Working with governments, we help to build the skills, capability and systems required to turn policy into action. We engage policymakers to develop solutions that reflect their challenges. Our work is based upon a strong understanding of the practical dimensions of public service delivery, where time and skills are limited, and where systems struggle to provide the information required to inform effective decision making.