Australian NGOs Overseas

36 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2021

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Terence Wood

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: April 13, 2021


This paper uses a previously unstudied dataset of Australian NGO projects in developing countries to describe important aspects of Australian NGOs’ international work. Topics covered include NGO crowding in small Pacific states, aid fragmentation, whether NGOs sustain their work in individual countries over time, and whether NGOs focus more on countries where need is greater. By and large the paper’s findings are encouraging. Across the areas covered, there is little clear evidence of serious issues, at least for the typical NGO. There is also some encouraging evidence of sectoral strengths. Yet findings vary between NGOs. This variation points to questions for future academic research and to areas which the NGO sector itself should investigate further.

Keywords: Australian development NGOs, aid fragmentation, country fragmentation, project fragmentation, sectoral spending, Pacific, NGO crowding, NGO spending patterns, NGO sector

JEL Classification: O1, O19

Suggested Citation

Wood, Terence, Australian NGOs Overseas (April 13, 2021). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 94, Available at SSRN:

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