ERIC Number: EJ894344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
More Effective Aid Policy? AusAID and the Global Development Agenda
Cassity, Elizabeth A.
International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, v9 n2 p2-17 2008
A first glance at almost any policy document generated by a bilateral or multilateral donor agency reveals a familiar rhetoric of participation, partnership, community, good governance, growth and strong democracy as key ingredients for a successful development program. While some critics of this rhetoric argue that this is merely a recasting of old aid agendas, others confirm that recent rethinking of aid policies and agendas are sincere efforts to address poverty reduction and ensure aid effectiveness. Education has been proposed as an indispensable element to achieving the aforementioned goals of development policy rhetoric, not least in the Eight UN Millennium Development Goals. This paper examines the role of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in the current global development environment, with particular focus on education policy in the Asia Pacific region. How does AusAID's education policy align with international goals for poverty reduction and sustainable development? How does AusAID coordinate its education policy priorities with other development agencies and recipient governments? To enable an exploration of these questions, this paper provides a comparative analysis of AusAID's approach to its educational development programs in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Sustainable Development, Educational Policy, Alignment (Education), Poverty Programs, Rhetorical Criticism, Agency Cooperation, Agency Role, Technical Assistance, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Policy, International Education, Educational Development
Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society. ANZCIES Secretariat, Curtin University, Box U1987, Perth, WA Australia. Tel: +61-8-9266-7106; Fax: +61-8-9266-3222; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.iejcomparative.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Australia; Cambodia; Papua New Guinea