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Distinguished Speaker Series: Reason and responsibility: how effective aid is delivering results - Peter Baxter presentation

On Tuesday 11 October 2011, as part of the Lowy Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, Mr Peter Baxter, Director General of AusAID, discussed Australia's aid program and the critical role of development aid in an increasingly interconnected global community. Mr Baxter answered the critics of the

Launch of Pacific Outcomes Report & Keynote Address

The Outcomes Report of the conference 'The Pacific Islands and the World: Realising the Pacific's Potential' conference has been released. It summarises the main discussion generated from the conference and puts forward 10 policy recommendations based on this discussion to help the

Distinguished Speaker Series:Resetting the relationship: the future of Australian engagement with Papua New Guinea - The Hon Julie Bishop MP presentation

On the evening of Wednesday 27 July, as part of the Lowy Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, spoke on Australia's bilateral relationship with Papua New Guinea

Lowy Lecture Series: How the future state of the world will shape Australia aid program - Panellists' presentations

At the Lowy Lecture Series on 20 July, a high-level panel, with Sandy Hollway AO, Jack De Groot and Rowan Callick, considered how well Australia's aid program is placed to respond to evolving development challenges. Annmaree O'Keeffe, Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, chaired the discussion

The future state of the world: what it means for Australia foreign aid program

In January 2011, the Australian Government’s Independent Panel to Review Aid commissioned the Lowy Institute to undertake a study of the future state of the world and its potential impact on the government’s aid program. The report, written against the background of a strong focus by the

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: Reengineering aid - Sir Richard Feachem presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 25 May, Sir Richard Feachem summarised the history of aid over the past 60 years, the evidence on aid effectiveness, and the current controversies surrounding aid. Sir Richard proposed some building blocks for a new aid model, more suited to the geopolitical and

Rudd takes his eye off Pacific Islands

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Program Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia program, writes that neighbourhood links with Pacific Island governments must be maintained.The Australian, 22 March 2011, p. 8

New Caledonia unrealized legacy

In an article in The Diplomat, Chief of Army Visiting Fellow Nicholas Floyd writes that New Caledonia's role in the South Pacific has been largely ignored. But both strategically and economically it could be a key player.The article can be read here.A French version of the paper has also been

Fiji update

On 8 November, the Lowy Institute for International Policy co-hosted the Fiji and Vanuatu Update 2010 with the Crawford School of Economics and Governance, Australian National University. As part of the 2010 Update a distinguished panel was assembled to discuss these very challenges and to discuss

A dictator paradise

Fergus Hanson wrote for ISN Insights of 19 October that Fiji’s latest strongman, Commodore 'Frank' Bainimarama, who seized power from the elected government in a December 2006 military coup, is tightening his grip on power and dismantling what is left of Fiji’s democracy

New dragon in town

Fergus Hanson wrote for ISN Insights on 26 October that China’s increasingly active role in providing aid in the Pacific is a reminder of the scope of its global ambitions, but why is China so interested in the region, and how does it fit into the wider picture of its development assistance

Advancing Innovative Development and Aid Strategies in the Asia-Pacific: Accelerating the Millennium Development Goals

Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region is mixed. Asia is generally progressing well while the Pacific is lagging behind, and in several cases countries are in fact regressing. Since the signing of the Millennium Declaration in 2000 there has been a lot of

Wary of China, neglectful of Japan and warming to the US

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Dr Michael Wesley and Fergus Hanson examine how Australians view the world, drawing on five years of Lowy Institute polling. They find Australians to be outward-looking and engaged in international affairs. The vast majority feel safe and Australians are

The Pacific Islands and the World Conference

The countries of the Pacific region, once remote from the global centres of economic power, are now in the most dynamic economic region in the world. But are they using this position to their own advantage? Are they taking the right approach to realise their potential? These were the key questions

How much Chinese?

In an opinion piece in The Fiji Times Online, Research Fellow Fergus Hanson outlines China's aid program to the Pacific Islands region.Fiji Times Online, 3 August 2009

Conference papers

The following papers presented at the Lowy Institute conference, The Pacific Islands and the World: The Global Economic Crisis, are available here.Jim Adams, The Global Financial Crisis and the Pacific paradox.Ann Sherry AO, Partnerships for prosperity.Dr Jong-Wha Lee, Impacts of the Global Economic

A failure to deal with Fiji blots regional forum copybook

In an opinion piece in The Age, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Program Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues that Australia has a unique responsibility as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum over the next year to guide the Pacific region through the challenges of the

The Pacific Islands and the World Conference

The Lowy Institute's conference, The Pacific Islands and the World: The Global Economic Crisis, held in Brisbane on 2 and 3 August, created an opportunity for Pacific Island leaders, minsters, officials from international and regional organisations, private sector and civil society representatives

Relief for Canberra aid headache

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson examines the possible benefits to Australia and the Pacific of the Taiwan government's new white paper on aid.Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 2009, p. 11

China help may harm Fiji

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson and Jenny Hayward-Jones argue that Beijing (along with other countries) should consider redirecting its aid to Fiji through international financial institutions. The Australian, 23 April 2009, p. 12

Fiji crisis requires urgent response

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues for a prompt response by the Australian government to the crisis in Fiji. Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2009, p. 11 

Need for decisive action on Fiji

In an opinion piece in the Canberra Times, Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, argues for Australia to act quickly in its response to Fiji's economic crisis. Canberra Times, 17 April 2009, p. 13

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