Does Australian aid have a future in the Asian century? Australia's aid program has traditionally been focused on the Asia-Pacific region. But Asia has grown and continues to grow rapidly. Its need for aid is declining, and indeed several Asian countries are becoming aid donors themselves. And yet Australia is expanding its own aid budget rapidly. In what many describe as the 'Asian century’; what role is there for Australian aid? Should Australia continue to support Asia with aid? Or direct its aid elsewhere? Or cut rather than expand the aid budget? Notable academics Professors Hugh White and Steven Howes will debate these questions and more.
Professor Hugh White of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, one of Australia's leading strategic thinkers and a specialist on the Asia-Pacific region. He has recently been critical of the expansion of the Australian aid program, questioning the need for foreign aid.
Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School is an expert of aid. He recently participated in the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness which laid down a roadmap for the expansion of the aid program, including more aid to Asia.
ANU Asia Pacific Week will bring leading experts on the Asia Pacific region together with 100 delegates from around the world to engage in a series of dynamic discussions and events focused on developments and trends that will shape the ‘Asia Pacific Century’.
Date: Wednesday, 11 July 2012