Funded by AusAID and managed by GHD, CAGP seeks to support
Chinese government policy development and implementation, with a
special focus on governance for poverty alleviation.
CAGP supports strategic engagement between
Australian and Chinese agencies on governance issues (Component 1);
the development and implementation of specific policy initiatives
(Component 2); and the administration of Australian Development
Scholarships in China (Component 3).
Component 1 is a flexible, responsive funding
mechanism that has fostered linkages between Chinese, and
Australian government agencies. More than 50 such projects have
been developed and implemented - providing opportunities for mutual
learning and establishing the groundwork for ongoing engagement.
Among the notable successes was a Fraud Control Project (involving
Centrelink and the Chinese Ministry of Labour and Social
Security/National Social Insurance Agency.
Component 2 supports longer-term projects
aimed at investigating and implementing policy issues in agreed
thematic areas. The projects are jointly identified, planned,
managed and monitored by program partners. The application of
frameworks and methodologies for policy implementation is a central
focus of all projects. The thematic areas in which projects have
been developed are: fiscal reform, internal trade barriers and
social security for migrant workers. In each area, Chinese agencies
have taken the lead, Among the successful relationships so far, the
Budget Affairs Commission of the National Peoples Congress is being
supported in its development of a stable and sustainable policy
framework for fiscal management.
Not only have we played a central role
in managing the program for our client, we have been a partner
(along with AusAID and Chinese Government counterparts) on the CAGP
Charter Board. In this innovative approach to development
assistance we have helped develop a common vision for the strategic
direction of the program and have shared responsibility for the
pursuit of mutually agreed program outcomes.