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Annmaree O’Keeffe

Annmaree O’Keeffe AM is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. Previously with Australia's former foreign aid agency, AusAID, from 1986 to 2009, her various positions included Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Deputy Director General. She has served as Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal and was Minister-Counsellor for Development Assistance in Papua New Guinea. Before joining AusAID, Annmaree worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Annmaree was chair of Australia's national commission for UNESCO (2013-2017) and a founding board member of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition for AIDS. She is currently the chair of the Foundation for Development Cooperation. 

Articles by Annmaree O’Keeffe (28)

  • Australia's foreign aid policy: New paradigm or more of the same?

        Yesterday's dense fog in Canberra was the perfect backdrop for the launch of Australia's new foreign aid policy by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the National Press Club. Just as the fog started to lift, Minister Bishop was attempting to lift the fog on what has been a slow reveal of the full extent of the Government's radical ambitions for the $5 billion aid program.
  • Foreign aid: Parliamentary committees at 50 paces

    In the wake of the Abbott Government's unforeseen but momentous decision last year to integrate the Australia's foreign aid agency, AusAID, into DFAT, the federal parliamentary committee system seems to have been enlisted by government and opposition to debate the aid policy gap. In early December, the Senate's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee started an inquiry into Australia's aid program with particular reference to the aid program's ability to deliver against stated po
  • In visa stoush, PNG only hurts itself

    Australia is PNG's biggest trading partner. It's our largest recipient of aid and unwanted asylum seekers. To get there, we can catch any of the four or more daily flights that link the two countries. Or at low tide, we can simply walk across the border. But come Saturday, getting there will be a whole lot harder. That's when PNG will invoke its ban on providing Australians with visas on arrival.
  • Whether growing or shrinking, aid program needs a plan

    A former director general* of Australia's agency for international development used to liken the aid program to the mighty ocean liner, the Queen Mary. Once it is heading in one direction, it takes a lot of energy, money and time to turn it around. The aid program, like the Queen Mary, doesn't have a tight turning curve. And that's not due to a lack of skill on the part of the captain or the director-general; it's simply the nature of mighty ships and big aid programs.
  • What the PNG asylum seeker deal really means for Australia's aid program

    In the current climate of electoral desperation in Australia, it is difficult to get a true picture of the reality of Australia's aid program in PNG because it's so misunderstood even when the spotlight isn't shining on it. Very few people actually understand that there is a genuine effort on the part of Australian aid officials to respond to PNG's development priorities, priorities that are agreed to by both governments.
  • HIV: 30 years old and still drawing a global crowd

    Thirty years after HIV first started to make global headlines, it's still doing it, but this time for what is deceptively good news.  At this week's International AIDS Conference in Kuala Lumpur, there was the remarkable announcement that two previously HIV-positive men no longer had any trace of the virus after receiving stem cell transplants to treat their respective cancers (the announcement comes at 14:04 in the video below).
  • For Australia Network, it's never safe

    You've got to feel sorry for Australia's public international television service, Australia Network. Launched by the Keating Government in 1994 under the name Australia Television, its short life has been blighted with funding cuts, death threats, name changes and a failed out-sourcing effort. Its most recent adventure was the messy tender tempest to determine who should be awarded the new contract to manage the network.