Today I will open the second Australian Aid Supplier Conference, a Government initiative to promote understanding of Australia’s development assistance priorities and thinking.

The Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper sets out a framework that integrates development assistance into our foreign policy and regional engagement to contribute to inclusive growth and poverty reduction, with a strong focus on the Indo-Pacific region. 

The Australian Government relies on a range of partners to deliver our development assistance program in support of these objectives. In 2015-16, 75 per cent of DFAT’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was delivered through agreements with three main types of implementing partners; commercial partners, multilateral organisations and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). Annually, around eighteen percent of the total DFAT ODA is delivered through commercial contracts to aid suppliers.

Commercial aid suppliers include any organisation that undertakes work on behalf of DFAT under the terms of a commercial contract and may include large multi-national companies, NGOs, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and academic institutions. Commercial Aid Suppliers play an important part in delivering meaningful assistance in support of the Government’s goals under the Foreign Policy White Paper.

This year’s conference brings together more than 230 individuals from a range of commercial suppliers, non-government organisations, multilateral organisations, academic institutions and individuals along with government technical experts.

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