Success Diagnosed

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Very pleased to see PNG and Australia have signed an Agency Support Arrangement for the PNG Department of Transport this month.  I led an earlier Agency Capacity Diagnostic of the Department for the PNG Transport Sector Support Program.

“These diagnostics are undertaken by independent consultants and provide the agency management with objective assessments of capacity, including through the identification of existing strengths and skills gaps. The diagnostics also provide recommendations for addressing agency needs.  TSSP then works closely with the Australian High Commission and agency heads to develop programs of structured capacity support to improve performance and address identified priority capacity gaps.  This is formalised through  Agency Support Arrangements (ASAs) which detail the multi-year frameworks for funded activities to bridge some of the gaps highlighted by the diagnostics.” (Source: TSSP website)

A great outcome which also included a lot of hard work from senior officers in the Department, the Transport Sector Support Program and at the Australian High Commission.

[Link to article]

 

Performance of Australian Aid

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Devex recently identified six key takeaways from the 2015-16 review of Australian Aid, which I have been looking at:
1. The hardest target (gender) is the weakest link
2. Programs targeting agriculture, fisheries and water need more support (only 8% of overall budget)
3. Partnerships with disabled peoples’ organisations are wanted
4. Innovation has not been widely adopted in the aid program despite a facility to do this
5. The World Health Organisation continues to underperform according to donors
6. Strong performance and high funding are not necessarily linked (PNG was an example)
A summary of the review is available at:
The review was released in the week before the Federal Budget and the full report is on the DFAT website: