The Government will provide $7.3 million in 2006 07 to underpin important planning and preparatory work for the development of initiatives and pilot programmes recommended by the Aid White Paper which was launched on 26 April. Substantial up front policy and programme development is an integral aspect of the strategy to reach the aid volume target of about $4 billion announced by the Prime Minister in September 2005.
In 2006 07, these resources will be used in preparation for significant new initiatives that will be brought forward in future years for implementation funding. Major new initiatives such as in health, education and infrastructure, will require considerable planning, development and piloting before significant expenditure can commence.
Proper planning will contribute to programme quality and effectiveness, and includes assessment of partner country needs, incorporation of lessons learnt and best practice, analysis of different forms of aid, and performance framework development.
Mr Downer's Office
Chris Kenny (02) 6277 7500 / 0419 206 890
Bronwyn Coles (02) 6206 4733 / 0418 216 844