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WP/73 Innovative Delivery Mechanisms for Increased Aid Budgets: Lessons from a New Australian Aid Partnership

Research and Communication on Foreign Aid
The Australian government will double its Official Development Assistance by 2015 (over 2010 levels). Innovative delivery mechanisms will be required to ensure aid is spent efficiently. In addition to traditional delivery mechanisms—bilateral, multilateral—the Australian government has piloted a small partnership activity with churches in the Pacific. The Church Partnerships Programme is premised on the realization that in certain Pacific countries, the churches have existing, functioning and well-regarded national networks and close links with local communities that are suitable conduits for donor funding. In this sense they are ideal partners for the delivery of effective aid. This paper will consider this model and the benefit it brings. There are of course consequences for both the churches and their communities for this influx of aid money and changing activities and these will be briefly considered. Finally, extending this partnership model to non-Christian religious faiths in other countries, such as Islamic nationwide organizations in Indonesia, is also discussed.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2011/73
Title:
WP/73 Innovative Delivery Mechanisms for Increased Aid Budgets: Lessons from a New Australian Aid Partnership
Authors:
Matthew Clarke
Publication date:
November 2011
ISBN 13 Print:
978-92-9230-440-9
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2011
Keywords:
development, religion, aid effectiveness, absorptive capacity, Papua New Guinea
JEL:
O19
Sponsor:
This working paper has been prepared within the UNU-WIDER project ‘Foreign Aid: Research and Communication (ReCom)’, directed by Tony Addison and Finn Tarp. UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges specific programme contributions from the governments of Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida) and Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) for the Research and Communication (ReCom) programme. UNU-WIDER also acknowledges core financial support to UNU-WIDER’s work programme from the governments of Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), the United Kingdom (Department for International Development), and the governments of Denmark and Sweden.
Format:
online
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