Good governance and security: the limits of Australia’s new aid programme

Carroll, Toby and Hameiri, Shahar (2007) Good governance and security: the limits of Australia’s new aid programme. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 37 4: 410-430. doi:10.1080/00472330701546467

Author Carroll, Toby
Hameiri, Shahar
Title Good governance and security: the limits of Australia’s new aid programme
Journal name Journal of Contemporary Asia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2336
Publication date 2007-11-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00472330701546467
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 410
End page 430
Total pages 21
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This article analyses the Australian Agency for International Development's (AusAID) approach to overseas development assistance (ODA) through an examination of AusAID's recent White Paper. The White Paper focuses on the nexus between poverty reduction and security in the Asia-Pacific region. We argue that the Paper's emphasis upon good governance as the key to poverty reduction and security is fundamentally flawed. This stems from the particular ideological and political conditions in which the Paper materialised. In focusing on good governance and security the Paper neglects more fundamental poverty reduction issues, while promoting policies that are difficult to implement and, when implemented, have highly problematic outcomes. This article examines the Australian-led intervention in Solomon Islands and the Australian aid programme in Indonesia as examples for the shortcomings of the approach articulated in the White Paper. We conclude by examining alternative development policies that move beyond the neo-liberal orthodoxy endorsed by AusAID.
Keyword AusAID
Overseas development assistance
Market-led development
Security, governance
Development policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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