John W.H. Denton, Corrs Partner and CEO, has been appointed to an external panel that will undertake the first independent review of Australia’s aid and development program since 1996.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness, which will examine the effectiveness and efficiency of Australia’s aid and guide the strategic direction of Australia’s aid program.

The review will be undertaken over the next five months. It is designed to maximise the efficiency of the program, which aims to reduce poverty through improved medical care, education, economic opportunity and governance.

Sandy Hollway AO will chair the panel conducting the review. Other panel members are Dr Stephen Howes, Ms Margaret Reid, AO and Mr Bill Farmer AO.

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Short biographies of panel members

Sandy Hollway AO – former secretary of two Australian Government departments and CEO of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet with responsibility for foreign aid and other international matters.

Dr Stephen Howes – Director, International and Development Economics, Crawford School of Economics and Government at the ANU, and has previously worked as the Lead Economist for India for the World Bank and as Chief Economist at AusAID.

Ms Margaret Reid AO – has extensive experience with Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) working in international aid as the former President of the Executive Committee of the Australian Council for International Development. She is also a former President of the Senate.

Mr Bill Farmer AO – a former senior diplomat. Mr Farmer was Head of Mission in the two largest recipients of Australian aid, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Mr Farmer was also the Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations.

Mr John Denton – CEO and Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, is a Prime Ministerial appointee to the APEC Business Advisory Council and a member of the Boards of the Business Council of Australia and the Commonwealth Business Council. He is also Chairman of Australia for United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

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