Sydney and Canberra, December 3, 2012 — As Australia anticipates closer engagement with Asia in light of the government’s recently released Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, growing interest in Asia’s emerging donors has taken hold.
Building on the successes of its Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation (AADC) dialogue series jointly organized by The Asia Foundation and the Korea Development Institute since December 2010, the Foundation partnered with the Australian National University (ANU), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and the Lowy Institute for International Policy to convene events in Sydney on November 28, 2012, and in Canberra on November 29. A delegation of eight development policy experts and senior government officials from China, India, Indonesia, and Korea joined Australian counterparts at each of the three host institutions in Sydney and Canberra for a series of lively discussions.
The Lowy Institute event, a closed-door roundtable discussion attended by 30 high-level representatives of the Australian government, academia, and multilateral development organizations, provided an opportunity for the development and foreign policy experts from Asia to share their views on a current debate in Australia: the link between foreign policy and development cooperation. The well-attended ANU public forum, hosted by the Crawford School of Public Policy’s Development Policy Centre, compared and contrasted the motivations and modalities of Australian, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Korean development cooperation. The session also delved into Asian perspectives on the post-2015 development agenda, international public goods, infrastructure development, and contemporary challenges such as the global financial crisis. A video webcast of the ANU event is available here. The AusAID event, meanwhile, featured a rich and lively discussion between the visiting Asian experts and AusAID staff on a wide range of issues, including the role of the G20 in development cooperation and the challenge of rising inequality in Asia.
Organized with the support of AusAID, the three events drew on AusAID’s internationally recognized role in the Asia-Pacific in delivering effective development assistance and The Asia Foundation’s nearly 60 years of on-the-ground experience in the region through its network of 17 country offices.
James Batley, Deputy Director General of AusAID, as well as Stephen Howes, Director of ANU’s Development Policy Centre, and Gordon Hein, The Asia Foundation’s Vice President for Programs, provided special remarks at the cocktail reception that closed the week’s AADC events.
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