Sustineo was contracted to undertake a research project for the AFP International Deployment Group (IDG) to explore and consider the efficacy of using the alignment principle for effective aid delivery. The alignment principle ensures that donor countries align behind the objectives of recipient groups and nations and engage with local systems.
Sustineo’s analysis of experiences of donors operating in fragile states and post conflict environments formed the basis for two AFP country programs: in the Solomon Islands and Tonga. In country, the Sustineo team engaged continuously with all program stakeholders in addition to those donors undertaking program delivery in accordance with alignment principles.
On return to Australia, the Sustineo team continued its consultations with the AFP, including the commanders of other missions. The field visits to the Solomon Islands and Tonga provide case studies through which to illustrate the issues, providing critical insight into the practical ways in which alignment practices occur on the ground.
The project delivered three key outputs to assist the IDG in the implementation of aid alignment principles.
- Alignment Handbook designed to assist police commanders to make decisions about whether or not to align overseas development programs with partner government systems, and the extent to which alignment may be possible.
- An alignment guidebook for AFP Mission Commanders that is intended to act as a succinct and easy reference tool to provide information and guidelines focuses on alignment in overseas police development programs.
- Information and resource materials for members of the IDG and police commanders concerning the status of ‘alignment’ in the delivery of the AFP’s overseas development programs. This included an overview of how and where the AFP is aligning with partner government systems in the implementation of overseas programs and the alignment context in each of the relevant partner governments.