Policy Briefs | 19 December 2008

Shared challenges and solutions: Australia's unique contribution to the future of African development

As part of its commitment to increase spending on overseas development assistance, the Australian government has announced a substantial re-engagement with Africa.

Joel Negin , Glenn Denning

  • Joel Negin
  • Glenn Denning

As part of its commitment to increase spending on overseas development assistance, the Australian government has announced a substantial re-engagement with Africa.

Joel Negin , Glenn Denning

  • Joel Negin
  • Glenn Denning
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Executive Summary

Despite the anticipated increase in funding, however, Australia will still be a small player in Africa's crowded development community. In a new Policy Brief, Joel Negin and Glenn Denning propose that, in order to ensure its engagement with Africa is as meaningful as possible, Australia should leverage areas of shared challenges between Australia and Africa where Australia's experience and expertise enable it to make strategic and mutually beneficial contributions. To this end, Negin and Denning argue that Australia should focus its African development program on sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.

Download the Policy Brief here.