Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
PNG is enjoying unfamiliar global attention after the APEC summit earlier this week, and the rivalry between the United States and China to exert influence in the region.
The Pacific push is against the background of China's growing involvement in the area.
Australian aid to the Pacific has been criticised for not focusing enough on infrastructure. But rising Chinese influence is bringing a shift of priorities.
In a speech to the Lowy Institute on Monday, Shorten says Australia's Pacific neighbours want partners for infrastructure projects – “and as PM, I intend to make sure they look to Australia first.
At a time when the future of many Pacific islands is under threat, a little compassion is in order, not barbs at their expense.
The UK's plans for post-Brexit trade and investment in Africa are pint-sized by the standards of other major players.
A major challenge for Madagascar's new president will be to create jobs, especially in the industrial and service sectors.
On top of boosting South Sudan's development, these groups are showcasing what refugees can accomplish in the US.
Without contextual knowledge, education and adaptation, foreign or imposed practices or resources cause new sets of problems.
An edited extract of an interview which is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
As a pediatrician, I'm not letting State Department warnings stop me from leading surgical missions.
The short term interests of investors could lead to long term problems in sub-Saharan Africa.
The death of Mozambican opposition leader Alfonso Dhlakama could affect the progress made to end hostilities in the country.
Rebuilding Syria will be complex and costly. But expertise and extensive funds will be in short supply due the geopolitical absence of the US and other Western countries.
Poor countries aren't receiving the most foreign aid. Why? And what should be done?
It's all too easy to miss the point about sex work in areas hit by conflict and disaster. How about listening to the people who experience it?
We don’t care, or possibly dare, to look back five or ten years later to see what happened to international aid projects.
The decision to repatriate migrants is a welcome intervention. But, it fails to consider the fundamental causes.
Most overseas aid workers remain largely cut off from the people they are in emergency settings to help.