Tag Archives: Development policy

Banking on the poor in China

Earlier last week, it was announced by the central bank of Bangladesh that the Banker to the Poor, the Father of Microfinance, Professor Muhammad Yunus was being sacked. Professor Yunus and Bangladesh are synonymous with microfinance. And, although the Indian subcontinent accounts for the majority of the world’s MFIs...
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1,250 reasons to love the NFL

World Vision recently announced the names of those communities identified as suitable and in-need recipients for its annual Superbowl t-shirt giveaway. The lucky countries are Zambia, Armenia, Nicaragua, and Romania. This annual development practice has attracted much debate. I do not wish to enter the debate as there are far...
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Bricks and mortar (or why Kanye West is right)

Recently, Australian government has allocated some $222 million of its $500 million education aid for Indonesia for the construction of 2,000 secondary schools. This aid package of $500 million represents that largest single allocation by the Australian government to any single country. In this article, Brendan explores aid for education,...
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Sustainable development in the Australian policy context: a contest of values.

We all know that sustainable development is a contestable concept. The origins of this contest go right back to the original Brundtland Report and subsequent Rio Earth Summit, which gave the world a supposedly ‘credible’ new vision of a development ‘pathway’ that could be both socially and ecologically sustainable.[1] This...
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Aiding Australia’s Goals

Joel Negin, Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, recently wrote on Australia’s increasing engagement with Africa through its aid program and causal connection to gaining a UN Security Council seat. He states that this assertion by some commentators “just doesn’t ring true”. However, Negin’s position and the...
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