Rethinking Official Development Assistance

by Allan Behm

This discussion paper was presented at a roundtable on the future of Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA), arguing that Australia has long had deep national interests in the provision of development assistance in the Asia-Pacific region, regional security concerns being not the least of them. If Australia is to “step-up” its aid in the Pacific and make a difference to the lives of the peoples of the Pacific, the focus must be on human security, not a tussle with China for influence.

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