The Pitch

The Pitch is a collection of ready-made policy proposals published by the Lab.

It offers practical solutions to policy problems that incorporate cracking analysis.

We collaborate with the development experts to help you understand what the problem is, what can be done, and what the next steps are.

The Latest Pitch
Pitch 02.03

An Independent Outcomes Review by 2025.

Measures to improve development program outcomes.


Inquiry 02

How can we nudge Canberra to a more sophisticated development approach?

As bureaucrats pore over submissions to the Government's new development policy, the Lab's Pitch Inquiry considers three measures that would help nudge Canberra towards a more sophisticated approach to the region. Implementing these measures at home would help improve the effectiveness of the development program.

Pitch 02.01

Rebooting Situation Analysis.

Rebooting situation analysis to better understand the countries we work in.

Pitch 02.02

Resetting Southeast Asia Strategy.

A suite of ideas to refresh how Australia engages with Southeast Asia on development.

Pitch 02.03

An Independent Outcomes Review by 2025.

Measures to improve development program outcomes.

October 2022

Inquiry 01

How can we multiply the impact of the development dollar?

The development budget isn’t likely to grow substantially any time soon, so we can ill-afford to waste a single development dollar. Not only that, but the dollars we do have will need to work harder.

Development funding is essential to meeting the challenges we’re facing in relation to increasing climate crises, war and displacement, food insecurity, geo-strategic competition, and growing inequity following the pandemic. In the absence of being able to throw more money at it, we need to get the most bang for our buck.

In the first Inquiry for the Pitch, the Lab has explored three ways we can make our money go further.

Pitch 01.01

Pacific Donor Coordination.

Coordinating donors in the region to avoid duplication.

Pitch 01.02

Behind Border Corruption Measures

Tackling corruption at home to enhance development abroad.

Pitch 01.03

A New Approach To Philanthropy.

Removing barriers to philanthropic giving for development.

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