18 May 2015

Coordination challenges remain in Australia aid effort

2:50 pm on 18 May 2015

A spokesperson from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs says coordination and transparency issues remain challenges affecting the implementation of Australia's aid programmes.

A peer review team is assessing Australia's aid effectiveness in the Pacific.

The team, put together by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, recently completed the first leg of the review in Samoa.

DFAT official Daniel Sloper says they are keen to improve aid implementation.

"I mean we look to this all the time and try to adjust programmes to reflect new priorities on both sides - the Australian government and that of our partner governments. But I think coordination and the transparency of decisions remains a challenge for everyone in the region. "

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