Best of the blog 2018
2018 has been a year where the Pacific has been in the spotlight like no other time in recent memory: the Australian Government made a number of important announcements in relation to the backpacker visa and the Seasonal Worker Programme, Fiji went to the polls, APEC was held in PNG, and much media coverage scrutinised the rise of Chinese aid and lending in the Pacific region.
Our blog contributors have also weighed into other debates in Australian and global development policy, including analysing the budget, and some of the government’s major initiatives, including the proposed Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific and the innovationXchange.
Here are our top ten most popular blogs in 2018, five in each of our two streams — aid and development, and PNG and the Pacific — with each list in alphabetical order.
Aid and development
Aid coordination: it’s all about keeping up with the Kardashians: Not everyone understands how foreign aid works in practice. Ashlee Betteridge attempted to explain, through the international phenomena of the Kardashian family.
Development workers behaving badly: In light of the ‘Oxfam incident’, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt used a critical feminist lens to argue underlying inequality and non-participatory methods used in the aid sector create an enabling environment for aid worker misbehaviour.
Something strange has been happening to the Australian Aid Program: Ian Anderson questioned the continued cuts to Australian aid, at a time when it should be more important than ever before.
Three Nobel Prizes in economics ≠ the truth about aid: Not afraid to take on the big guns, Terence Wood responded to 15 development notables decrying foreign aid in a widely-circulated op-ed, pointing out a number of errors.
Why Indonesia is right to limit NGOs post-disaster: international NGOs were told to work …read more