New development policy
Australia’s development priorities are set out in a new development policy for the aid program and a new performance framework to improve aid program performance, value for money and results.
More about the development policy
DFAT funded development research is helping to improve the quality and effectiveness of Australian aid in developing countries. Practical research helps inform where and how our own and our partners’ resources can most effectively and efficiently be deployed. It helps to find solutions to priority development challenges and opportunities, and to ensure our portfolio of activity has close links to program design and implemention. Research investments are managed across the department in line with the research requirements of our country and regional programs working with partner governments.
We fund many different types of research to answer the wide range of challenges to development in our partner countries, to assist us to monitor development impacts, and to better target programs.For example, from 2014-15 Australia will spend around $30 million a year researching ways of making the money we spend on health more effective and to promote medical breakthroughs that will have a large development impact in our priority partner countries